Hello my fellow travel lovers,
It’s really nice to meet you! I’m Jacoba (my friends call me Co) and I love to discover amazing places in this world. I’ve been writing down my travel stories in Dutch for a few years on my blog Op reis met Co, which translates to Travel with Co in English. On this website, I tell you all about my (solo) travels and give you some practical tips and get you inspired for your next trip. I love hiking and the outdoors, I even hiked over 700 kilometers of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2019.
I’m Co, a 30-something and I live in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). I have a full-time job as a marketer for one of the best orchestras in the world (go, if you have the chance, nothing beats a concert of a big symphony by a great orchestra). On my days off I prefer discovering the world. So far I’ve traveled to 29 countries, and there’s more to come.
I grew up in the northern part of The Netherlands in a tiny village called Lutjegast. This is also the place where Hollands’ most famous explorer was born: Abel Tasman. When I was young, I heard so many stories about his voyages and I always dreamt about doing the same: explore the world! But I just did what everybody did, go to school and get a job. It took a while before I really started traveling, at first I just went to places close to home. Like a weekend to Antwerp (Belgium) or a week to a Greek Island.
One of the places I always wanted to travel to was the United States (thanks to a famous children’s television show in The Netherlands with a clown and an acrobat that go on adventures). You can imagine, I was over the moon when I finally went to the US for the first time and explored the state of Florida.
The start of Travel with Co
Florida was my first big trip and I decided to share my travel diary with friends and family. I always loved writing, so the combination of traveling and writing at the same time was a dream come true. This is when I started my Dutch website Op reis met Co. I really missed writing about travel when I was not traveling, so at some point, I started to write articles filled with travel tips and travel inspiration.
During my travels, I met a lot of people from all over the world who would love to check out my website. Of course, most of them couldn’t read Dutch, so in August 2019 I started translating my articles to English.
During the last couple of years, I’ve been traveling solo a lot. I travel to the US almost every year (I love Southwest USA!), but I also went backpacking in The Philippines, Costa Rica, Peru, and Australia. I hike a lot and if possible I go camping. I really love the outdoors!
As of August 2020, I will be quitting my job and travel the world while working as a digital nomad! Would you like to follow my journey as a digital nomad and get inspired to travel? Sign up for my monthly newsletter!
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing your lawn. Climb that damn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac
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