“Every time I have been fortunate to make an amazing trip, to a destination that is on my bucket list, 3 more destinations are added to that same list. There is always a next destination to wish for!”
My name is Elisabeth and I was born in The Netherlands. In the early years of my life, we moved a few times, before ending up in a coastal town (I was 7 years old), where I lived till the age of 25. My parents took my sisters and me camping in our home country, which stopped when I was about 10 years old (I only have the photographs to remind me). There were no trips abroad, since they could not afford it.
Being born in September meant that I was a “young student”. I started high school when I was 11 years old and after 4 years, I had my diploma. I wanted to continue high school at a higher level, not knowing yet what I wanted to do in life being 15. Instead my parents (who divorced in the meantime) decided they wanted me to do a year of Secretary School and that is what happened (fortunately it was a good school). Once I finished Secretary School, I was 16 and I had to find a job; 2 years later I moved out on my own.
I was fortunate to find work easily and got lots of work experience in various jobs and industries, but I always felt that I was missing something in life. I loved watching travel programs on TV and one day I saw a TV show about a “working holiday” program in Australia. I got so excited and knew immediately what I wanted to do! I started saving up as much money as I could, gave up my job and apartment and before turning 26 I left The Netherlands.
I spent a year in Australia, visiting Singapore on my way “down”, I went on a 3-week tour through New Zealand somewhere in the middle of my year and I visited Bali on my way back home. I was lucky to meet amazing people, who made my year unforgettable and pretty special. I was also lucky to get a few good jobs in Sydney, making it possible for me to do and see as much of the country as I could. It was a year full of new experiences!
Once I got back in The Netherlands, I was restless; I did not want to stay. I got an invitation to go to Zakynthos, Greece to work in a bar for a couple of months (I never made a cocktail in my life before 😁). After the season finished, I went back “home” and I applied for a job as a tour operator representative. I got the job for the next season and I ended up living in Greece for almost 14 years! From Zakynthos I went to Athens and from Athens I went to Rhodes (Rodos).
Health issues and Greece being in a big (financial) crisis in the meantime, made me return to The Netherlands. It was one of the most difficult decisions I ever made and I always wonder whether I made the right decision. I still miss life in Greece every day and although I have the Dutch nationality, I also feel a bit Greek! Life in Greece taught me a lot and it will always be my home away from home!
Once I returned in The Netherlands, I found myself a job at a travel agency. Tourism is not the best paid industry, but I love my job and so far, I have been lucky and blessed with the opportunities I got to travel to beautiful places. I created many memories, took thousands of photographs and no matter what happens in my life, nobody can take that away from me!
If for what ever reason I cannot travel any more, I will still feel like One Lucky Traveller, being blessed with all I have seen and done so far. And then there is the journey in life to experience. Life may not always be kind, but I count my blessings every day and I enjoy the simple pleasures the most.
Whether I am on a holiday or on an educational trip (the amazing gift for being a travel agent), I enjoy all my journeys (close to home or far away, short break or long holiday)! When I travel, I become alive, I live, I experience, I see, I learn, I do, I explore, I discover, I taste, I enjoy… and so much more. Travelling is an extraordinary gift for the mind and the soul! So, if you are in good health, you have time and the means to travel, then please do so (of course you only travel when it is safe and possible).
Work is still in progress! I launched One Lucky Traveller in April, 2019. Slowly (I do have a full-time job and not much free time), I am translating the travel blogs I wrote over the last 10 years from Dutch into (hopefully proper) English. I am adding photographs and a soundtrack here and there. And of course, new travel adventures bring new stories. Check to see which Travel Blogs are already online and please send me a message if you want to know which stories are still to come.
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Thank you so much for visiting this website. I hope you get inspired to travel and if you are not able to travel, at least you can go on a virtual trip; that is what I do too, almost every day for a few minutes!
Elisabeth (Lisette), One Lucky Traveller