About BoB

About BoB

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Hi there!

My name is Manouk, but you may also call me BoB (short for Bunch of Backpackers). I’m a 30-year old travel writer, adventurer, Korean adoptee and medical doctor from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. At the moment I work in a large Dutch university hospital, but as you may have already guessed:

I still haven’t found a cure for my travel bug…

Ok, not a very original joke, but hey, it’s true.

I started my blog ‘Bunch of Backpackers’ in the summer of 2013 to help fellow travelers to make most out of their journeys by sharing stories and tips. I love visits to offbeat destinations, enjoy chatting with strangers over a cup of tea and I’m always in for crazy adventures and sports. Oh, and I love karaoke!

From February to August 2016, I went on another long-term solo backpacking trip called BoB’s Epic Adventure to Southern Africa and the Silk Road countries.


Want to know more?

FAQ page for popular questions about me and the blog

Travel curriculum vitae to see where I’ve been


To get you started, these are four of my favorite articles:

Six ethical dilemmas I encountered during my travels

On work and wanderlust

How to keep your money safe while traveling?

Freaky, geeky Japan: 11 quirky things to do in Japan for travelers 


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