Travel curriculum vitae

C.V. Manouk ‘travel mastermind’ Bob

Personal information

Name: Manouk Bob
Date of birth: 02-02-1986
Place of birth: Seoul
Nationality: Dutch
Email: bunchofbackpackers[at]gmail[dot]com


The world (1986-present)!


Relevant travel experience

< 2003 (with family)

Outside Europe: Thailand and the USA (Road trip from New York to San Francisco)
Europe: mostly Portugal, the UK, Germany and Italy


Outside Europe: Korea (4-week program for Korean adoptees)
Europe: Rome


Outside Europe: Korea (with family)
Europe: Germany for 2 weeks of volunteering and city trips Newcastle, Gent, Copenhagen


Outside Europe: First real solo adventure to China! A 6-week trip with homestays in Hebei and Innermongolia and a visit to Beijing. 
Europe: Barcelona


Outside Europe: Citytrip Beijing, Surinam for a medical internship, Thailand & Cambodia backpacking trip with friends.  
Europe: Paris


Outside Europe: 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 a five-month graduation research in Oxford


Outside Europe: My amazing solo India adventure 
Europe: Newcastle


Outside Europe: Second big Asia adventure starting with the Trans-Mongolian Express (Russia, Mongolia, Beijing) with a friend and afterwards solo backpacking throughout Korea, China, Tibet, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.
Europe: London & Oxford


Outside Europe: Istanbul and medical internships in Kenya with a side trip to Uganda (10 weeks)*

*First time Africa


Outside Europe: Indonesia backpacking trip with friends
Europe: Lisbon, Dublin, Rome and Paris


Outside Europe: Korea and backpacking throughout Peru & Bolivia with friends*
Europe: Berlin, Antwerp, Kitzbuhel, London, Berlin and Copenhagen

*First time South-America

–> Start Bunch of Backpackers


Outside Europe: Thailand press trip
Europe: Trapani, Tallinn, Paris, Athens and Vienna


Outside Europe: Sri Lanka backpacking trip
Europe: Prague, Lloret de Mar, Luxembourg press trip, Budapest


Outside Europe: BoB’s Epic Adventure, a 6-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. 


  • 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
  • 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, hitchhking, 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.


Great résumé Manouk. You're HIRED!