My Story

Who I Am

Hi, my name is Bram and I’m a travel addict, outdoor enthusiast and mountain biker.

I was born in The Netherlands but have lived in five countries and three different continents over the last 15 years. This has given me a broad international perspective and lots of experience living and working in and with different cultures.

Growing up in The Netherlands, I spent much of my time gardening and working with garden tools, power equipment and my hands. This interest in the outdoors and travel followed me everywhere I went—even after leaving home to pursue higher education.
During this period of transition, I took on many odd jobs such as working as a paper boy, a front loader operator and helping out at my father’s consumer electronics store.

Along the way, I found myself drawn to China where I ended up both studying and working for several years. From there, I eventually returned to Europe with newfound knowledge and insights that allowed me to successfully found Holistays Limited—a vacation rental business of holiday homes based around the beauty of Lake Como in Italy!
Nowadays you can find me living by the lake’s enchanting shores with my daughter & lovely wife; spending our free time going on road trips or engaging in outdoor activities like hiking & mountain biking whenever we can.


Yet despite all these adventures outside, my newfound passion remains writing about things that interest me. Outdoor equipment, travel accessories, sports stuff, you name it. I’ve become somewhat of an expert and I’m always eager to share my opinion with fellow outdoor sport and travel enthusiasts.

That’s why I started this blog to share my experiences, knowledge and tips to help others make the most out of their outdoor adventures, travel trips and sports. So, if you’re looking for a resource to help you plan your next great outdoors, holiday getaway, backyard tool or sports equipment purchase, I hope that this blog will be of use to you!

I’m very passionate about being outdoors – it’s a great way to clear your head, get moving and experience the natural environment. Whether it’s hiking a nearby mountain or biking through scenic trails, I’m always up for an adventure. Even when I’m back home I try to go out at least once a week and explore my neighborhood. There is always some new to discover. Over the years, I’ve developed some tips to make sure that I get the most out of my outdoor experiences.

From researching the best gear for your particular sport to learning about the local wildlife and climate of your destination, I believe that preparation is key when it comes to having a great time outdoors, whether getting a workout in your backyard, out and about exercising or catching your next flight onto a new adventure. That’s why I’ve taken the time to write down my own experiences and knowledge in this blog – so that you can benefit from them too.
I’m always looking for new ways to make my experiences even better. I believe that with enough research, you can create an amazing experience no matter where you go or what you do.

So if you’re ready to start planning your next travel adventure, improve your backyard or are into sports and are missing just that one thing to keep doing what you enjoy doing, then this blog is here to help. Whether it’s an epic mountain biking trip, a camping weekend or an exotic holiday to the tropics – I’m sure you’ll find something useful here.

Contact me at bram@bramverweij.com or via contact form below.

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