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

Education

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

2004

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

2005

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

2006

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

2007

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

2008

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

2009

My amazing solo India adventure 
Europe: Newcastle

2010

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

2011

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

*First time Africa

2012

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

2013

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

*First time South-America

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2014

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

2015

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

2016

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. 

2017

Indonesia (Bali), BoB’s Mini Epic Adventure: Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia

Europe: Edinburgh (2x)

2018

Mexico (Yucatan), Georgia

Europe: Brussels, Hamburg (planned)

Achievements

  • 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 vulcano in Ethiopia
  • Got mesmerized by the Sufi dancing ceremony in Khartoum, Sudan
  • 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

Qualifications

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.

Skills

Excellent haggling skills, ‘avoid scams’ radar, problem solving, paradise discoverer, outstanding adventure planner.

Great résumé Manouk. You're HIRED!