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Hi, I am
Polle de Maagt.

For the last 8 years, I have spent over 200 nights per year traveling for business and pleasure.

Hi, my name is Polle de Maagt. As an independent digital and brand consultant, I travel the world to change companies to be less about ads and more about acts. As an avid traveler (also, see my travel plans) that is extra keen on hiking and running experiences, I travel to find new and surprising experiences by leaving my expectations at home.

And all that traveling makes it even more rewarding to come home to my beautiful wife Marieke and my kids Ella and Gust and/or to share these travel experiences with them.

お任せ
Omakase.

The Japanese phrase that means "I'll leave it up to you".

I found out about the Japanese habit of omakase (お任せ) when I was visiting the country in 2016. You’d use it when you’re ordering at a restaurant and pretty much means, “I’ll leave it up to you”, inviting the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection of dishes. A quick check for #omakase on Instagram only made me realise how widespread (and how amazingly tasty) the habit is. It felt like the best summary of how I’d like to travel – open to all different experiences, looking to make memories by getting out of your comfortzone, by doing things I’ve never done before.

And this website … well, I need to have a tool that is able to help me to update information quickly on the go. I wanted to be able to post notes, thoughts and ideas of my travels as well keep a log for myself of packing lists and experiences. Rather than keeping these for myself in Evernote of another tool, it made total sense to share these notes with the world. I recently dedicated a post on why I started blogging (again).

And so that became omakases.

Favorite gear, products and brands

For my favorite products, see my detailed different packing lists and my favorites for business travel and hiking in 2019. There are several brands that stand out; I love my Gregory backpacks, Adventure Foods meals, most Sea-to-summit gear (including their compression bags), most Icebreaker gear, my Camelbaks for water and have been a hardcore user of Asics running shoes as long as I can remember.

Apart from that, I am rather loyal to the following programs: Flying Blue (Platinum), IHG Rewards Club (Spire Ambassador), Thalys The Card (Platinum), Hilton Honors (Diamond).