Travelling around the world ...

In the past ...

As a certified senior youth leader (called a 'hoofdmonitor' in the Dutch language), my first travels abroad involved organizing summer youth camps for 11, 14 and 17 year olds. During those 20 (!) years, i got lost of the total number, but a good estimate is about 40 to 50 youth camps all together ...

As for the 11 year olds, those camps took place in the Belgian Ardennes, first in Wodecq and later on in Spa. Starting as an assistant-monitor, i gradually made my way up to camp director, having about 200 young boys and 16-20 youth leaders (amongst several doing their trial period to get certified) to deal with ...

The camps for the 14 year olds were organized in Switzerland, where i guided 100s and 100s or young lads on trips in the Swiss Alps. I visited places as Fiesch, Lenk and Schwarzee several times and climbed lots and lots of mountain tops.

The youth camps for the 17 year olds took place in Switzerland during winter season, and it is there that i learned how to ski. So i had the opportunity to ski in Glüringen, Reckingen, Andermatt, Schwarzee, Melchtal and Maloja.

After doing this for 20 years, i decided to give others the opportunity to follow the tracks. Besides, once the age difference becomes to large between you and the others, it is best to stop those activities before some start asking whether you will continue forever ...

The next phase involved travelling with my motorbike to various countries, always staying on campings. In this way, i visited Luxembourgh, France, Germany, Andorra, Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Croatia.

Nowadays ...

As one gets older, the taste for a bit more comfort keeps growing, and i decided to enter a new phase of travelling. The world is so wide and nice and it would be a pity not to try to see some of it.

A first trip took me to Egypt for a Nile cruise to visit the treasures of that ancient culture. It turned out to be a good start and the next year i travelled to Thailand on a semi-adventure trip, crossing the immense country from Bangkok to the Golden Triangle, including a boat trip on the Mekhong River, rafting on the River Kwai and then all the way up north to visit several mountain tribes etc. The following summer, it turned out i was too late to subscribe for another transcontinental voyage and so i went to Egypt again, this time to Sharm El Sheikh to follow some scuba diving courses. It was a direct hit and i found myself to have discovered a new hobby ! So the next summer, i took a plane to Sulawesi (Indonesia) and Lembah Strait to do some scuba diving, besides a few daytrips visiting the island. The same summer, another trip to Egypt (again Sharm El Sheikh) gave me the opportunity to do some more diving in the Red Sea and visiting my 'old' diving school again. It was clear now that scuba diving had become a real passion and after returning home, i decided to buy my own diving equipment, so that i would not have to use hired stuff anymore. Some months later; the summer of 2005 finally came and i went to the Philippines on a so-called 'island-hopping' trip (Moal Boal, Alona Beach and Malapascua). In the summer of 2006, i returned to Sharm El Sheikh for 3 weeks, in order to approve my diving skills, to follow a nitrox course and of course to make a lot of dives, including the wreck of the Thistlegorm. This 9000 ton transport ship is one of the top diving sites of the world, and was sunk by two Heinkel HE 111's on 6th October 1941, containing a full cargo which can be dived at. In 2007 i decided to do some more wreck-diving and cave-diving, for which i spent 2 weeks on Gozo, Malta and Comino. Lots of superb dives to do there !

In the meanwhile, i got the opportunity to co-organize city-trips for the 4th grade students of the school (where i am a teacher) to Paris (2001, 2002 and 2003) and London (2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007) and visited Hungary (february 2003) to inspect a sports center in view of a summer training camp for young soccer players.

Between all that, in the winter seasons, i kept skiing in different locations in France, Italy and Austria.

All in all, a lot of miles travelled already (i must have got around the earth several times now, if you add all the distances ...). You can find a summary of my travels during the last years in the table presented here. Pictures and some videos are to be found in the corresponding sections of this website. For the winter holidays, i did some skiing twice a year, the first week in the spring half-term holidays, the second in the Eastern holidays.

Some of my skiing destinations during the last years ... (*)
year
location
1995
Les Deux Alpes (France)
1996
Chatel (France)
1997
Chatel (France)
1998
Chatel (France)
1999
Civetta (Italy)
2000
Vaujany (France)
2001
Meribel (France)
2001
San Pelligrino (Italy)
2002
Livigno (Italy)
2003
Kronplatz (Italy)
2003
Kronplatz (Italy) (** )
2004
Holzgau (Austria)
2004
Kronplatz (Italy) (** )
2005
Oetz (Austria)
2005
Kronplatz (Italy) (** )
2006
Fügen (Austria)
2006
Kronplatz (Italy) (** )
2007
Finkenberg (Austria)
2007
Kronplatz (Italy) (** )
2008
Kronplatz (Italy) (** )
2009
Kronplatz (Italy) (** )
   
(*) this list is not complete, since i have lost track of the earlier skiing holidays i made
(** ) co-organized a skiing week for the students of the 5th grade

Some of my summer destinations during the last years ...
year
destination
activities
2001
Egypt
Nile cruise
2002
Thailand
exploration
2003
Egypt (Sharm El Sheikh)
scuba diving
2004
Sulawesi (Indonesia)
scuba diving
2004
Egypt (Sharm El Sheikh)
scuba diving
2005
Philippines
scuba diving
2006
Egypt (Sharm El Sheikh)
scuba diving
2007
Malta, Gozo & Comino
scuba diving
2009
Egypt (Sharm El Sheikh)
scuba diving

Last updated on September 27th, 2009 by Ronny Stobbaerts