I'm Maxim van den Nieuwenhuyzen Belgian guy born in France 21 years old. I'm a student in marketing traveling in different countries to study and do internships. In 2 years when I will finish my studies I will probably go working abroad. I'm passionate about photography, sports and travels. Living from photography is not easy so I practice it as freelance and study at the same time.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COUNTRY SO FAR?
I visited a lot of countries but so far Thailand is my favorite one. Everything is perfect here: food, people, jobs, weather, parties, girls …
WHAT PLACE IS TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST?
I still have many places I want to go but the next one where i really want to go is china and I go there in September
WHAT CAN'T YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT?
My camera, I’m photographer wink emoticon
DO YOU PREFER SOLO TRAVEL OR WITH SOMEONE ELSE?
I always traveled with someone for the moment
WHO IS THE PERSON AT HOME THAT YOU MISS THE MOST?
I think my dad but when I’m abroad it’s like nobody really miss me because I know I will see them again soon. With all the new technologies people isn’t so far anymore.
WHICH COUNTRY HAS THE MOST FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE?
Thailand, everybody smile to you all the time
HOW TO TRAVEL ON BUDGET?
Sleep cheap and travel cheap, keep your money for activities or visiting
WHO IS THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU'VE MET SO FAR?
In Thailand a transgender called Hanna, she is famous model so she learnt me a lot about this environment that I like as photographer and also she learnt me a lot about life & respect.
WHAT'S BEEN YOUR SCARIEST MOMENT?
I was something like 15 years old and my English was really bad (more than now) and my parents let me go to London alone. I had a friend living there and I took 2 different trains and I had to change in Paris, from one station to another one and then I arrived in London. I had to find the other train but I couldn’t read and speak. I felt like I will stay there for hours and hours because nobody understands me. Finally I find someone who understood me.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST USEFUL ITEM YOU'VE BOUGHT?
My backpack but I will say also my camera. If I had to take only one thing for traveling it would be my camera before my clothes.
WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF TRAVEL ADVICE YOU'VE RECEIVED?
Don’t put to much weight in your bag
WHAT'S THE LONGEST YOU'VE BEEN AWAY FROM HOME?
6 months for now
WHAT'S YOUR DREAM JOB?
Marketing director abroad
WHERE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO LIVE IN THE WORLD?
For the moment Thailand
NAME THE COUNTRIES YOU HAVE VISITED.
France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, England, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Maroc, USA, Thailand and soon Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Bali and Burma
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TRAVEL MEMORY?
USA I was 13 I think, it was the first time I did a so long travel by plane, when you arrive there it’s a completely different culture than France and everything is different
WHAT IS YOUR UNFORGETTABLE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE?
All of them but Thailand more than the other ones because It’s the first time I go so far without my parents. I’m also going on road trip soon.
WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE LEARNED?
Walking and swimming, I can go everywhere with this
IF YOU WROTE A NOVEL, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
The story of one of my trips
WHAT TRAVEL SCAMS HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT?
In Thailand if you do not speak Thai you make yourself scammed for all
DO YOU CALL YOURSELF A TOURIST OR A TRAVELLER?
Traveller, tourist goes to hotels and goes abroad for holidays
STRICT SCHEDULE OR GO WITH THE FLOW?
Go with the flow, plans can change depending the people you meet
WHAT'S BEEN THE BEST STREET FOOD YOU'VE HAD?
Fried rice chicken, my favorite meal
WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING THING YOU'VE DONE?
I don’t know, I’m young and I think for the moment I had nothing to really challenge.
DO YOU THINK YOU'LL STAY FRIENDS WITH THE PEOPLE YOU'VE MET?
I hope so, if they are really interesting we will keep in touch by facebook. No need to speak everyday and facebook allows you to follow your friend’s life without talking with them.
WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING ANIMAL YOU'VE SEEN?
Why do you ask me so strange questions, I don’t know grin emoticon
WHO IS YOUR DREAM TRAVEL COMPANION?
Someone who love photography, who can sleep outside as well as in a 5 stars hotel
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM TRAVELING EXPERIENCE.
Doing a worldwide trip and being paid for my photos
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS?
Smart, crazy and interesting: I feel like pretentious but it’s what i think
WHAT CAN YOU ADVICE TO PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO START TRAVELING?
Take a one-way flight as soon as possible and enjoy. It’s easier to travel before you’re not married and father. Traveling learn you more about life than anything else.
TRAVELING brings us love, joy, it changes our beliefs and perceptions in life. It can make us better and stronger people. Through TRAVELING we learn to love, to forgive. to broaden our horizons. The best part of TRAVELING is to meet people along the way with whom we share stories, with whom we become friends, for that moment and possibly forever.
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