After graduating in European Studies - Culture and History - I decided to focus onto three of my life interests : hiking, travelling and writing.
I started in 2016 with Chile (2 months), New Zealand (15 months) and Tonga (1 month) before coming back to Belgium, homeland. I then realised I wanted to keep on exploring the globe, and myself.
I packed my life again and hit the road/trail for 3 months across the USA before settling in beautiful Banff, Canada, for almost a year.
I am now travelling self-propelled from North to South through the American continents, cycling, hiking, exploring, writing, simply living.
The main goal is to be able to live on those three passions.
Tramp in the wilderness
Dicover the world
Write about it
Each of us enjoys and wanders the outdoors in it's own way. Finding the one that really suits us is a long process that brings us on others tracks to see what we like and dislike, to build the knowledge and confidence to break your own trail.
My vision has two major inputs. On one side there is a romantic, aesthetic and spiritual vision of being lost alone in nature. This is the feeling of being home and connected with my roots while in the wilderness. It has been influenced by a lot of readings like Rousseau, Thoreau, LeBreton, Marquis, Solnit, Tesson, Wordsworth, David-Neel and many others. It is also strongly linked with my carefulness for the environment and respect of Nature. I like the idea that I'm just a guest out there and I feel more like a roamer, a wanderer, a tramper, a saunter (to quote Muir) than a hiker.
On the other side I'm a sportsman, I enjoy the physical performance and the push beyond my own limits. In 2014 I decided to start endurance sports. Starting with running and cycling I quickly went to triathlon, focussing on medium distances (1,9km swim, 90km bike, 21.1km run). I believe that a high level of fitness allows you to get to more remote places and spend more time in the Wilderness. It also brings the idea of always getting new skills like climbing or ski-touring. Ben Lecomte reckons he is "an adventurer who likes to swim", I like to think myself not as a triathlete but an adventurer who likes to swim, bike and run.
One of today's biggest challenges is to bring respect and awareness on everyone's uniqueness and differences. This not only implies gender, skin color and culture but also the way we see, feel and experience things. Spending thousands of hours exploring the world and yourself is not attractive to everyone. As a restless seeker both the inner and outer journey drive my life. As Dr. Drenth writes it : "Their curiosity about the world, including its potential role in clarifying their identity, can inspire INFPS to travel or adopt a peripatetic lifestyle." This planet bursts with wonders, different sceneries and cultures and it feels like a cookie box, I cannot stop experiencing.
I was telling dilletante stories from my toddler seat, I wrote my first novel when I learnt to write, I have compiled impressions and experiences in dozens of notebooks and draft documents. It took me long to accept that writing was an important part of myself. Today I want to exert that passion to support my travels, to use the creativity that flows into my veins to turn those landscapes and emotions into words and colors to be shared with others. My idealism and optimism push me to share my explorations, to instill my passions to others. I want everybody, present and future, to be able to enjoy the wonderful playground that the world is, its forests, rivers, mountains, oceans, lakes, in a respectful and responsible way.