I am Ellis and I was born in the Netherlands. From a young age I was dreaming about the world beyond my hometown. I was inspired by my mother who loved the Middle East and took me on my first backpacking trip to Egypt when I was 14. Since then I have travelled extensively along the ancient Silk Road for more than 20 years. I have visited over 50 countries, especially in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia.

My passion to learn about other people and places in this world led me to get my bachelor degrees in psychology and cultural anthropology at Utrecht University and a master degree in Global Health at Maastricht University. I specialized in South Asia and the Caucasus where I spent considerable time for my studies. I remain interested in the ancient Silk road countries of Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, but with my love for nature I also hope to explore more of South America and Africa.

With this blog I hope to inspire you to explore this world no matter your age or gender. I met amazing woman in their sixties that were still travelling alone with a backpack. Travelling doesn’t need to be expensive either. My blog is all about sharing my adventures as an independent budget traveller with you. Stories from unusual places that will make travel on and off the beaten path easy for you as I give all the information you need for your own journey.