About Polle de Maagt

About me

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.

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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What a near-death experience taught me

Without knowing it, I had been traveling omakase-style for a long time. Exploring the world, making memories, having an open mind. But this became truly one of my key focusses in life after a near-death experience a few years ago because of a ruptured kidney that had infected my lungs

Omakase (お任せ)

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 pretty much means, “I’ll leave it up to you”, inviting the chef to be surprising and innovative 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. 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.

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:

My travel stats

My travel in numbers

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Countries traveled

I have traveled to 63 countries till now. Plenty of memories, but even more memories waiting to be made.

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Nights per year

I have spent over 200 nights per year in hotels for over de last 7 years.

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Continents traveled

Can't wait to get to South America and Antarctica soon.