About Omakases

Welcome to omakase,

Polle de Maagt's travel notebook.

The Japanese habit of omakase (お任せ) when you’re ordering at a restaurant pretty much means, “I’ll leave it up to you”, inviting the chef to be surprising and innovative in the selection of dishes. I try to apply the idea behind to everything between how I plan my holidays, how I pick my runs, how I pick my food, how I explore cities and how I travel in general.

And as I travel 200+ nights per year for both business and leisure (mostly hiking), that’s a lot. This is my notebook with plans, thoughts, ideas, routines, hikes, hacks, destinations, reviews and stories.

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Jordan Trail - tea with Faris
Quick stop on Laugavegur trail
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Omakase takes you places

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More on omakase traveling

Omakase traveling means traveling without expectations. I try to apply the idea behind it to everything between how I pick my runs, how I pick my food, how I plan activities with my kids, how I explore cities and how I travel in general. These posts will give you a quick deep-dive into omakase traveling:

And this applies to pretty much every type of travel ...

Omakase for

Business travel

Within my business trips, I try to travel with an open mind. In how I choose my food, how I explore cities, how I use running to explore a city, how I look for places for a run and in where I get some work done. And even though, I work most of the time out of my suitcase, I keep looking for even more digital nomad opportunities.

Omakase for

Luxury travel

I love hiking, embracing the stink and my tent, but there are few things that beat a good hotel. So, I try and apply omakase thinking to my hotel stays with IHG, Marriott and Hilton as well as in how I approach loyalty programs. Obviously, eating at a fancy restaurant is much better when you have the chef choose your food 🙂

Omakase for

Active and adventure travel

Hiking alone, traveling alone to remote areas is what makes me happy. Exploring things truly out of my comfort zone.

Omakase for

Kids and family travel


By traveling omakase style, you are more likely to experience memorable moments:

Traveling this way, with an open mind, unprepared, without expectations, increases the chance you create memories worth sharing. Like these, some of my favorite stories:

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