Deliciously doing nothing is a loose translation of a Dutch phrase ‘Lekker niks doen’. It means exactly what it is; to enjoy the moment when you (seemingly) do nothing. I found it the perfect way of describing what I love to do the most when I’m travelling; be there, observe, absorb, hear the sounds, smell the air, touch the ground, taste the water. Get the sensory essence and soul of the place.
We are a family of introverts with a united passion for travelling. We live in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and have been travelling with our daughter ever since she was 7 months old all over the world (she is now 9 years old). Being introverts, we are always rather overwhelmed when surrounded by a crowd, so when we travel, we always look for ways to be out of the beaten path, blending in with the locals, or be completely out of nowhere by ourselves, while still maintaining a level of comfort. It doesn’t mean we do nothing but lounging on the beach the whole trip. Hubby and Kid are the sporty types, who love physical activity and being busy, while I’m the geeky type who prefers quirky museums or getting my exercise in the form of extreme sport which require less stamina, but provides a lot of adrenaline rush. But I believe one very important element of travelling is to wind down, chill out, reflect, get connected with yourself and your family. Every trip should contain some days when everybody can deliciously do nothing in the way of their choosing.
This blog is partly an effort to fill in my time at home when I’m antsy to be in faraway places, and partly to inspire that there is another spectrum of family travel where everybody can actually relax, and still get rewarding experience of the trip. I will write in no particular chronological order, since I want to capture our memorable trips from the past together with what we’re still going to do in the present and future.
I’m not a photographer (I always prefer to see things firsthand without the distraction of a camera). 99% of the photos in this blog are taken by my husband who loves to share what he sees with other people. He has kindly agreed to be the eye of the blog and let me use them.