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 31-year old travel writer, adventurer and Korean adoptee from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In daily life, I work as a medical doctor in a large Dutch hospital and I also recently obtained a Ph.D. degree in medical sciences. However, 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 love visits to offbeat destinations, enjoy chatting with strangers over a cup of tea and I have a strong interest in history and culture. I’m also an aspiring surfer, diver and hiker/mountaineerer. Oh, and I love karaoke!

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.

Pamukkale, Turkey.

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 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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