Maartje

Maartje's enthusiasm and curiosity knows no bounds. She loves museums, nature, food, walking, architecture, history, animals. Writing and photography is a big passion and she has been writing about cooking, minimalism, food, hotspots and travel for many years. Above all, she has a special place in her heart for castles, royal jewels and ancient Egypt. Maartje gave up her job as a lawyer to bring more balance to her life: less work and more life. Besides to The Orange Backpack, she works as a legal entrepreneur.

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The Warredal forest is home to Belgium’s most unique treehouses. Besides modern tiny houses high up among the trees, this forest park also has fairytale cabins with wood and robust shapes. After already spending a few nights at the modern tiny houses back in 2020, we also

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As spring is just around the corner, the Dutch are getting ready for their flower season, which will be dominated by the most brilliant flower and tulip fields. The renowned Keukenhof in Lisse is one of the Netherlands’ top destinations for seeing traditional tulip fields, but you

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Portugal has a lot of hidden gems that you definitely should visit during your Portugal road trip. It has stunning monasteries with spectacular architecture or an exotic Buddha park near a popular tourist destination. There are magnificent hikes, pink lakes with flamingos or little-visited but lovely villages

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The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail, or Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos in Portuguese, is the most well-known trek in the Algarve. The hiking route passes stunning cliffs, seaside views, rock arches and viewpoints on Portugal’s beautiful coastline. The spectacular Algarve coast is home to this 6-kilometer (or

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The best hiking trails in Portugal can be found in the southern region of the Algarve, which is not only jam-packed with charming villages and picturesque towns, but also has some of the best walking trails in Portugal. The lovely rocky coast, peaceful bays, shady pine forests,

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