Hi there, nice to meet you!
Thank you for passing by, we are super excited to share our stories and journey with you.
We’re Mik & Valerie, a Belgian couple who left their careers and home in October 2018 to travel around the world for an unknown period of time.
Since we’ve been together, we’ve traveled to over 40 countries across 5 continents and still every day we look forward to discovering even more of this beautiful world.
With our passion for travel and photography, we created Suitcasestories.be, which will be our ‘home’ for the next years and a place where we will be sharing complete travel guides, the best travel routes, our favorite places to stay, budget tips, world trip updates and the most unique experiences we’ve had in 14 years of traveling.
We hope our stories will help you with planning your own adventures and encourage you to chase your dreams too.
Mik & Valerie
HOW IT ALL STARTED
We were both born and raised in Antwerp, Belgium, and met each other when we’re 16 years old. We fell in love and now 14 years later we’re even more in love and engaged. (Mik proposed me on the second day of our world trip, check the super cute video he made for me here)
At the start of our relationship, we soon discovered that we were both crazy about traveling and discovering new places. In 2009 we made our first big trip to Dominican Republic and a year later we went on a backpack trip to Thailand. We invested pretty soon in decent camera gear and every free moment or holiday, we went out, took thousands of pictures and discovered new places.
Many trips later, we started dreaming about traveling around the world for a longer period of time. We were both making a career that moment, were renting a beautiful apartment together with our cat Filou, and so we always pushed these dreams aside. In 2016, we bought a land and we were saving as much money as we could to build our dream house… but after a few visits to the architect and Mik who turned 30 that year, we suddenly realized that we needed to decide whether we want to live the life we always wanted or not.
It didn’t took much time before we made the big decision to quit our jobs and chase our dreams together. We listed our land for sale, informed our family and friends (they weren’t that surprised), sold all our belongings and booked a one-way ticket to Namibia.
On October 22, 2018, we finally left home and traded our security for a life full of adventures, and unforgettable moments. To where and until when? We have no idea. We hope to travel as long as we can and wherever our dreams take us to.
When we were traveling we were always thinking about having a space where we could share all those pictures and memories with family and friends. That time we were traveling most of the time with our Eastpak trolleys, and so Mik came up with the idea to call our little baby, Suitcasestories. We kept our tips and stories in the notes of our phones, and always dreamed of sharing this with the whole world someday.
A year before we left, we finally built this travel blog, and launched it on the first day we left. Suitcasestories will be our ‘home’ for the next years and a place where we will be collecting our views, our moments, and stories for life. Stories about all the places we visit and the adventures we experience. About the places we will be staying at and the tips we gather along the way.
Suitcasestories is not only the result of 14 years of traveling around the world, but also of hours of work behind our laptop, photo editing and writing down memories. We hope that as you read, our travel blog will inspire and encourage you to go out, follow your dreams and explore this beautiful world too.
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Thank you for following our adventure and hopefully we can meet each other along the way soon!
Mik & Valerie