C.V. Manouk ‘travel mastermind’ Bob
Name: Manouk Bob
Date of birth: 02-02-1986
Place of birth: Seoul
The world (1986-present)!
Relevant travel experience
< 2003 (with family)
Thailand and the USA (Road trip from New York to San Francisco)
Europe: mostly Portugal, the UK, Germany and Italy
Korea (4-week program for Korean adoptees)
Korea (with family)
Europe: Germany for 2 weeks of volunteering and city trips Newcastle, Gent, Copenhagen
First real solo adventure to China! A 6-week trip with homestays in Hebei and Innermongolia and a visit to Beijing.
Citytrip Beijing, Surinam for a medical internship, Thailand & Cambodia backpacking trip with friends.
First big solo Asia backpacking adventure to Japan (including a 2-week volunteering period in Tokyo), Taiwan, Thailand (including a 4-week medical internship in Bangkok), Malaysia, Laos and Vietnam
Europe: The UK for five-month graduation research in Oxford
My amazing solo India adventure
Second big Asia adventure starting with the Trans-Mongolian Express (Russia, Mongolia, Beijing) with a friend and afterward solo backpacking throughout Korea, China, Tibet, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.
Europe: London & Oxford
Istanbul and medical internships in Kenya with a side trip to Uganda (10 weeks)*
*First time Africa
Indonesia backpacking trip with friends
Europe: Lisbon, Dublin, Rome and Paris
Korea and backpacking throughout Peru & Bolivia with friends*
Europe: Berlin, Antwerp, Kitzbuhel, London, Berlin and Copenhagen
*First time South-America
–> Start Bunch of Backpackers
Thailand Muay Thai press trip
Europe: Trapani, Tallinn, Paris, Athens and Vienna
Sri Lanka backpacking trip
Europe: Prague, Lloret de Mar, Luxembourg press trip, Budapest
BoB’s Epic Adventure, a 7-month solo backpacking trip in Southern Africa and ‘the Silk Road countries’ to South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Greece, Iran, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China.
Indonesia (Bali), BoB’s Mini Epic Adventure: Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia
Europe: Edinburgh (2x)
Mexico (Yucatan), Georgia, Uganda, Rwanda
Europe: Brussels, Hamburg
- Ate guinea pig in Peru, a living octopus in Korea and insects in Thailand
- Climbed Mt. Rinjani in Indonesia
- Got my PADI Open Water in Indonesia and my Advanced Open Water in Egypt
- Climbed an active volcano in Ethiopia
- Got mesmerized by the Sufi dancing ceremony in Khartoum, Sudan
- Encountered mountain gorillas in Uganda
- Survived rafting the Nile in Uganda
- Reached great heights at Taipei 101, the World Trade Center, Seoul Tower, Tokyo Metropolitan Offices and the Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur
- Camped between elephants, hippos, big cats and who-knows-what in Namibia and Botswana
- Saw the Great Wall, the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu and Las Vegas
Experienced in backpacking, hitchhiking, solo travel, border runs, bucket showers, hiking, foreign languages, ‘tourist gesture’ language, beaching, home-staying, hostels, snorkeling, diving, sleeping in gers/yurts, fancy hotels, camel riding, solo traveling, internships abroad, bus rides > 12 hours, train travel, budget traveling, city trips, overlanding and karaoke.
Excellent haggling skills, ‘avoid scams’ radar, problem solving, paradise discoverer, outstanding adventure planner.