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Hello and welcome to, the travel blog of me, Polle de Maagt. As I travel a lot (I spend more than 200 nights per year in hotels), both for business and leisure, I collect quite the amount of memorable travel experiences. I believe that if you leave your expectations at home, if you travel with an open mind, you experience moreomakase traveling.

For a while, 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 – that became (I recently dedicated a post on why I started blogging again).

There’s plenty of content on this site, so this page might help you out finding your way around this site. Use the blocks below or read on to find out more about me and/or omakase.

What We Do

The awesome stuff you'll find on this site - according to me

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The basic message on this blog is about omakase: if you leave your expectations at home, if you say “yes” more, more memorable experiences will come.

Read more on omakase, on omakase dinners, on saying “yes”, on how I manage uncertainties and what being unprepared can bring.

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Many posts on this blog are on hiking. You will find different multi-day hikes in various stages of preparation: from my finished Kumano Kodo hike to the planning and preparations of my finished Jordan Trail

See my travel plans, all planning and preparation posts, all packing lists and all stories on my finished hikes.

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City(trip) tips

Traveling a lot, I have collected my fair share of tips.

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Life of a frequent traveler

Spending weeks and weeks traveling from hotel to hotel helps you build on understanding of the life of a frequent traveler, the so called traveler’s tribe. It helps me collect my favorite hotels, destinations and insights in loyalty programs (IHG, Hilton and Marriott), when to book hotel nights etcetera, but also in dirty hotel rooms and horrible hotel experiences.

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Travel hacks, planning and preparation

Concrete everyday tips, hacks and ideas to make travel more comfortable.

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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.

Jordan Trail - tea with Faris
Quick stop on Laugavegur trail

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.

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Places I've been

This omakase traveling takes you places

See the places I’ve visited, my travel plans or jump directly to city trips or all destinations (or even my favorite destinations). Click the map or search directly:

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