Welcome back to our Meet and Greet Monday! Today, Her Adventures gets to sit down with Martine Muis, HERA social media manager and cross promoter.
HERA: What’s your favorite way to travel? Planes, trains, driving, etc?
HERA: Hostels, hotels, or homestays?
HERA: Are you a planner or do you go with the flow when you travel?
HERA: Would you rather explore landmarks or local favorites?
Martine: Easy, local favorites.
HERA: Tell us about the thing you do that you’re most proud of. Why are you proud of it? What about it is inspiring to you?
Martine: When I gave up my job I lost myself a bit. When I got introduced to the HERA team I realized that I don’t need to have a job to feel useful! It is a good lesson and I’m proud of realizing it.
HERA: What is your favorite travel tip, piece of advice, hack?
Martine: Don’t over plan! Leave room to be spontaneous, like following up on a recommendation or tip a local gave you, but also to have me-time.
HERA: What is your travel style? How would you describe it?
Martine: That all depends on the trip and destinations. Love to travel with Symen, but exploring on my own is something enjoy too. And doing a city trip with a friend makes me happy too.
Let’s get into the details
HERA: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from travel that you’d like to pass on?
Martine: There are only a few things that you really need when going on a trip. I can be a real overthinker when packing, overpacking is a problem too. Later on I learned that I don’t need that much and when I really forget something I can get it at my destination. All I really need is my passport, money, a camera, medication and me! And nowadays maybe my phone 🙂
HERA: How does traveling affect your friendships in general?
Martine: I’m a homesick girl… always been and always will be. There are plenty of moments I miss home, my own stuff and friends & family. When I decided to travel six month a year with Symen for his job and spending the other months traveling privately or at home I wondered how much that would change the contact with my friends. Thankfully WIFI and sim cards aren’t too hard to get nowadays and since I know, most of the time, where I will be I can share local addresses so we can write. I love to write postcards and letters, this also helps me to reflect on all I get to do, see, experience, etc. In 2006 I went overseas for the first time, to San Francisco, by myself. A friend helped me to set up a blog so I could share with home all the things I’ve seen and done. A great way for me to stay in touch with multiple people without spending multiple hours a day to update them. When friendships are for real you don’t have to worry your friends won’t be around when you come home after months of traveling. They will be there!
HERA: What’s your dream? What does your end game look like?
Martine: Owning a old-timer VW van to travel Europe with, and maybe even go overseas.
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