We are Thomas and Cees. Met each other in 2000 and married in 2006. We do live in The Netherlands, near Amsterdam. Together we have been traveling the world for over 20 years.
We are passionate about travel. Together we have explored over 50 countries and the counter is still running. We usually travel in luxury, so on this site you will not find tips about backpacking or budget holidays, but you will find information about 5-star Deluxe hotels, good restaurants and sights. Not only Michelin star restaurants are on the site, but also other restaurants that we have visited and recommend.
We look not only to the food, wine and service; for us it is about the complete picture. You are allowed to make mistakes, for example it is about how people react to them. Besides that we like to travel the world and eat in good restaurants, we like to cook. Because of Covid-19 we have also started cooking more and more. We try to prepare dishes that we sometimes eat at home. You can also find our best recipes on this blog as well. At home we love to cook for and dine with friends.
Since 2017 we have a dog. The name of the dog is Tobias and he is an Australian Labradoodle. He lives together with us and our British shorthair cat Claire (named after Claire from House of Cards). Sometimes we do travel with Tobias. Tobias does not mind flying so we are very lucky to bring him with us.
We both work in the banking industry, however we are not bankers.
Thomas is 58 years old and works as a Product Owner of an insurance package. Thomas is 75% German. Since he met Cees, his passion for travel has been fueled. Thomas was used to a slightly more luxurious holiday and he infected Cees with this. Thomas is Master of Management and Organisation. Thomas has a passion for gadgets. He loves drones, technical things and Apple of course.
Cees is 50 years old and has an MBA. He works as an independent consultant / project manager. The luxury holiday industry was stimulated during the MBA, but Cees decided not to turn his hobby into a job, but to focus on a travel and food blog. Traveling is completely in Cees’ blood. As a child he wanted to see the world. When his parents stayed in the Netherlands for a holiday, he wanted more. He wanted to go to the mountains and to the southern European coast. After several years of traveling through Asia as a backpacker, he met Thomas who gave him a taste of the luxury hotels. Since then he has not wanted anything else.
Although we are a gay couple, we do not only travel to gay-friendly destinations. We do believe that travel is for everyone, young-old, gay-straight-trans, everyone should be able to travel as desired by the individual.
We want to inspire people (from the LGTBQIA+ community) to travel and to discover the gems of this world.
We have visited the following 50 countries (in alphabetical order) and we are still traveling when we can:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- The Netherlands
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Vatican City
We are curious to find out what your most favorite destination is.
We have regularly stayed overnight in the (larger) chains. We regularly stay at: Anantara, Banyan Tree, Belmond, Four Seasons, Intercontinental, Kempinski, Ritz Carlton (Marriott), Waldorf Astoria (Hilton) and W hotels (Marriott). You can expect hotels from these chains on our blog. Of course other chains will be visited as well, but we have a preference for these hotels.
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