Hi there, nice to meet you! We’re Mik & Valerie, a Belgian couple who left home in October 2018 to travel around the world in search for once-in-a-lifetime adventures and the most unique, beautiful places.
With our love for travel and photography, we created Suitcasestories.be, an inspiring travel blog based on real stories and our own personal experiences to help you to make the most of your own adventure. It’s a place where you’ll find complete travel guides, our own travel routes, the best places to stay, money-saving travel tips, updates of our world trip and the most unique experiences we’ve had in 14 years of traveling.
We hope our stories will inspire and encourage you to chase for your dreams and live the life you’ve always wanted. Happy, healthy and carefree.
Travel. Because money returns. Time doesn’t.
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 finally 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 exploring 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, took thousands of pictures and tried to get the most out of our days off.
Many trips later, we started talking and dreaming about making a world trip 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 always pushed these dreams aside. In 2016, we bought our own 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 really have no idea… We hope to travel as long as we can and wherever our dreams take us to.
When we started traveling 14 years ago, we always wanted to build a space where we could share all our travel tips and pictures with our family and friends. Finding a name for that space was found very easily as we believe that everyone returns with a suitcase full of stories and memories after a trip. And yeah, that’s basically how our little baby was born: Suitcasestories. (and yes, “.be” simply because “.com” was already taken + we’re proud Belgians)
We started with an account on Instagram and wrote endless notes on our phones, with the intention to share this with the entire world someday. A year before we left to travel around the world, we finally launched the project we had been working on for so long.
Suitcasestories.be is not only made to give you the best travel tips and advice but will also be our ‘home’ for the next couple of years. A home filled with our views, moments, and stories for life. Stories about the places we’ve visited and the adventures we’ve experienced. Stories that we can look back to for the rest of our lives.
We hope that as you read, our travel blog will inspire and encourage you to live the life you’ve always wanted and explore this beautiful world too!
Thank you for visiting our website and hopefully we can meet each other along the way soon!
Mik & Valerie
February 2020, we had the honor of receiving a very prestigious award, namely ‘Best Citytrip Blog 2020’. Winning this award means so much to us and motivates us to work even harder in the future. Thank you to every single one of you for checking out our blog and your warm support. We will cherish this award for the rest of our lives!