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.
Travel has always played a crucial role in my life. In the last 15 years or so, I traveled to 58 countries (not that I’m counting!).
Some notable travel experiences include: a 3-week homestay with a Mongolian family, hiking the Great wall, rafting the Nile in Uganda, getting caught in a teargas attack in Sudan, digging a pond in Tokyo’s wild bird park for two weeks and much more…
I’m an adventurer by heart with a zest for:
- visits to off beat destinations such as Georgia, Zimbabwe, Iran, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Sudan
- history and culture
- city tripping / micro adventures
- independent travel / backpacking
- solo travel
- outdoor activities such as hiking, trekking and camping
- surfing (recently discovered, still at beginner level though)
Oh, and I love karaoke (this might be due to my Korean roots)! And mountain lakes!
What started out as ‘lengthy emails with travel tips’ to friends, led to the start of my own travel website in 2013. In the years following, Bunch of Backpackers became one of the world’s leading female adventure travel blogs.
Bunch of Backpackers is known for its:
- expert travel advice
- down to earth trip reports
- extraordinary adventures
I hope you enjoy reading this blog and don’t hesitate to contact me personally through bunchofbackpackers[at]gmail[dot]com!
To get you started, these are five of my favorite articles:
Eight ethical dilemmas I encountered during my travels
It’s all about the journeys – transformative travel
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
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.