About BoB

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Hi there!

My name is Manouk, but you may also call me BoB (short for Bunch of Backpackers). In daily life, I work as a medical doctor and I recently obtained a Ph.D. degree in medical sciences.

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

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

I’m an adventurer by heart with a zest for:

  • visits to off beat destinations such as Zimbabwe, Iran, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Sudan
  • history and culture
  • city tripping / micro adventures
  • independent travel / backpacking
  • solo travel
  • outdoor activities such as hiking, trekking and camping
  • diving
  • surfing (recently discovered, still at beginner level though)

Oh, and I love karaoke (this might be due to my Korean roots)! And mountain lakes!

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. Bunch of Backpackers is known for its:

  • expert travel advice
  • down to earth trip reports
  • extraordinary adventures

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.

Learn about local culture (such as the Xhosa culture)!Want to know more?
FAQ page for popular questions about me and the blog
Travel curriculum vitae: Where I’ve been! 

To get you started, these are five of my favorite articles:
Six ethical dilemmas I encountered during my travels
On work and wanderlust
How to keep your money safe while traveling?
40 photos that will inspire you to visit Tajikistan
Freaky, geeky Japan: 11 quirky things to do in Japan for travelers 

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Bunch of Backpackers in the media

This photo was taken just after I had conquered the strenuous Allaudin Pass (3860 meters) in the Fann mountains of Tajikistan. Not the best photo, nor my best look, but definitely the best view! You can find more photos of Tajikistan here.