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Hello, my name is Manouk!

I was born in Korea, but grew up in The Netherlands (hoi!). I founded Bunch of Backpackers more than 10 years ago, initially as an easy way to share travel tips with friends. It got a bit out of hand. So far, I visited over 75 countries, many of them as a solo traveler and almost always independently. I love hiking and backpacking in offbeat destinations like Sudan, Pakistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan and Azerbaijan. With this travel blog I aim to inspire YOU to get out of your comfort zone and to show you how to travel the world easily and safely! Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions and happy travels! Love, Manouk

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