#HappinessStories | Coming out as gay in Venezuela

This is the remarcable story of a Venezuelan who opens up about his journey and his struggles of being openly gay in a very conservative family and an equally conservative country.

Venezuelan crisis | The stories behind the harrowing statistics

There are now 4.8 million people who fled the chaos in Venezuela. The largest community, of 1.6 million, is in Venezuela. This is where I met Max, who told me his impressive journey towards a better life.

Venezuelan crisis | The stories behind the harrowing statistics

There are now 4.8 million people who fled the chaos in Venezuela. The largest community, of 1.6 million, is in Venezuela. This is where I met Max, who told me his impressive journey towards a better life.

Peru: Between open arms and fear of the displaced Venezuelans

Peru hosts the second largest number of Venezuelans. Listen to Angelica, a young woman I interviewed in Cuzco, explain how she sees this influx.

Peru: Between open arms and fear of the displaced Venezuelans

Peru hosts the second largest number of Venezuelans. Listen to Angelica, a young woman I interviewed in Cuzco, explain how she sees this influx.

Venezuela | What it really means for money to be worthless

In 2019, hyperinflation in Venezuela reached 500000%. For 2020, the IMF forecasts that it will be as high as 10 million %. Watch what that means for ordinary people.

Venezuela | What it really means for money to be worthless

In 2019, hyperinflation in Venezuela reached 500000%. For 2020, the IMF forecasts that it will be as high as 10 million %. Watch what that means for ordinary people.

A glimpse into the end of Sri Lanka's civil war

For over 25 years, Sri Lanka was the battleground of a civil war. The last months of the conflict were precisely tough. 10 years later, Sri Lanka is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the moment.

A glimpse into the end of Sri Lanka's civil war

For over 25 years, Sri Lanka was the battleground of a civil war. The last months of the conflict were precisely tough. 10 years later, Sri Lanka is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the moment.

The fight with our inner conflicts: "Really, it's so simple, the truth"

Sri Lanka is a country that was ravaged by a war that spanned across a quarter of a century. And right as this war was ending, Monica was making a new home out of this country. Now, her ‘job’ is to help people find a different kind of peace, one that, she believes, is the key to solving all conflicts. 

The fight with our inner conflicts: "Really, it's so simple, the truth"

Sri Lanka is a country that was ravaged by a war that spanned across a quarter of a century. And right as this war was ending, Monica was making a new home out of this country. Now, her ‘job’ is to help people find a different kind of peace, one that, she believes, is the key to solving all conflicts. 

China's housing bubble, in under 2 minutes

A fifth of China’s urban housing market lies empty. Analists fear that, should this market implode, the dangers to the rest of the world will be immense. 

China's housing bubble, in under 2 minutes

A fifth of China’s urban housing market lies empty. Analists fear that, should this market implode, the dangers to the rest of the world will be immense. 

The unhappy Chinese man whose Paradise is for rent

I’ve never met someone able to talk about his unhappiness so freely, half an hour into meeting a stranger in the park. I’ve never encountered a person who could laugh an honest laugh while stating his unhappiness: “Of course I’m not happy!”, Shawn replied, as if dismissing some outrageous claim I had made.

The unhappy Chinese man whose Paradise is for rent

I’ve never met someone able to talk about his unhappiness so freely, half an hour into meeting a stranger in the park. I’ve never encountered a person who could laugh an honest laugh while stating his unhappiness: “Of course I’m not happy!”, Shawn replied, as if dismissing some outrageous claim I had made.

Sri Lanka | What you should know before going there

Sri Lanka has quickly become one of THE places to go to in Asia. This year, just as the country was welcoming more foreign visitors than ever before, Sri Lanka was hit by a series of terrorist attacks. Weeks before this tragedy, I spent a month travelling around the country and trying to move past the tourists’ much beaten paths.

Sri Lanka | What you should know before going there

Sri Lanka has quickly become one of THE places to go to in Asia. This year, just as the country was welcoming more foreign visitors than ever before, Sri Lanka was hit by a series of terrorist attacks. Weeks before this tragedy, I spent a month travelling around the country and trying to move past the tourists’ much beaten paths.

Her life in the Netherlands was all planned out. But the life wasn't hers any longer

By 2020, 320 million international trips are expected to be made by youth travellers each year, a staggering 47% increase from 217 million in 2013.

Her life in the Netherlands was all planned out. But the life wasn't hers any longer

By 2020, 320 million international trips are expected to be made by youth travellers each year, a staggering 47% increase from 217 million in 2013.

She works without pay and that's alright with her. A young Sri Lankan mother describes her happiness

#WomenStories | Consider this: if a stranger came to you and bluntly asked you if you were happy, how long would your silence be?

She works without pay and that's alright with her. A young Sri Lankan mother describes her happiness

#WomenStories | Consider this: if a stranger came to you and bluntly asked you if you were happy, how long would your silence be?

TRAVELLING THE WORLD | What I hope to find

An unconfortably honest talk about what led me to quit my job and pursue longterm travel. Also, have you noticed how you come across more and more people on the Internet who are travelling the world? Have you stopped and wondered why that is?

TRAVELLING THE WORLD | What I hope to find

An unconfortably honest talk about what led me to quit my job and pursue longterm travel. Also, have you noticed how you come across more and more people on the Internet who are travelling the world? Have you stopped and wondered why that is?

Leaving the newsroom

I spent my 20s as a workaholic journalist. At 30, I decided to ‘retire’ from the newsroom and set off on a different journey. 

Leaving the newsroom

I spent my 20s as a workaholic journalist. At 30, I decided to ‘retire’ from the newsroom and set off on a different journey.