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)

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)

Europe: Rome


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.

Europe: Barcelona


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

Europe: Paris


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

Europe: Newcastle


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

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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


Morocco (February), Azerbaijan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Nepal and continuing in 2020 ‘West-Africa’

Europe: Germany (March), France (May), Poland (May), mountaineering course C1 in the Alps in Austria (July)


Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Bonaire

Europe: Austria (mountaineering C2 course NKBV)


Europe: Austria (another mountaineering C2 course + Grossglockner climb), Albania/Montenegro (Peaks of the Balkan trekking), Portugal



Europe: Canary islands (La Gomera trekking and Tenerife), Scotland (Skye trail), Poland (Sudeten)


Thailand, Bangladesh, India (northeast), Pakistan 

Europe: Austria (Grossvenediger climb), Barcelona city trip


Guatemala, Korea 

Europe: Poland, France, Belgium


  • 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
  • Hiked the three peaks and three passes of the Three Passes trek in Nepal
  • Got mesmerized by the Sufi dancing ceremony in Khartoum, Sudan
  • Enjoyed the best beaches in the world in West-Africa
  • 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
  • Climbed the Wildspitze, Zuckerhutl, Grossglockner
  • Surfed in South Africa, Indonesia, Portugal and Marocco
  • Kitesurfed in Bonaire
  • Saw the Great Wall, the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu and Las Vegas


Experienced in backpacking, hitchhiking, solo travel, couch surfing, beach camping, border runs, bucket showers, hiking, foreign languages, ‘tourist gesture’ language, beaching, home-staying, hostels, snorkeling, hiking, mountaineering, 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.