March 6, 2016 Wander-lust

The Wanderlust of.. adventure seeker Yolan Post

He quit his successful job as international marketing & sales manager and bought a one way ticket to travel and see the world. He doesn’t know for how long exactly or where he will end up at, but one thing is for sure, this traveler is a true explorer even if he doesn’t quite relize it yet. This is the Wanderlust of..Yolan Post.

So in short, who are you and what do/did you do for a living?

My name is Yolan and a couple of months ago I decided to quit my normal job and travel the world. And because I can’t sit around and do nothing, I started a travel blog called ‘NotGoingHome’ on Instagram and YouTube. So nowadays i’m traveling the world and i’m trying to create some cool photos and videos that make people want to get out into the world and to the same.

So you’re traveling around the world, how many countries have you visited so far and what’s next?
Yep! I’ve started around three months ago, in december 2015. Since then I’ve visited: South-Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, The Maldives and India. Next up is Bali, Indonesia. Where i’m finally gonna meet the Misses (Yolan’s girlfriend will visit him a few times during his trip). After three weeks, we’ll have to say our goodbyes and i’ll continue onwards with my Asia tour. After that i’m dying to see the Caribbean and South-America.

1C Cape Town -Table Mountain
Table Mountain, Cape Town

Yolan psot in Namibia-Dune
Chillin’ on the dunes of Namibia

Which country is on your bucket list and why?
Better to ask which one isn’t haha. I guess I wanna go everywhere, as long as it is not too cold. I’m not build for the cold…
Anyways, a country that is definitely on my bucket list is Japan! I heard that during spring time, it’s absolutely mesmerizing. But ever since a friend of mine told me that on one of those nights that she went out for some drinks to meet new people. She and her new friends ended up getting drunk and doing a tour of all of the crazy cafés they have there. She went to the ‘Kitten Café’, where you can pay by the hour to pet cats and have a drink. After that they walked into a bar with a ceiling made completely out of glass, as she looked up she noticed that she was looking under the skirts of ‘Japanese Schoolgirls’. Well, she had me at the Kitten Café, but a bar where they have a glass ceiling.. That I need to say with my own eyes!

“I can’t sit around and do nothing”

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done so far?
I guess it was the bungeejump from Bloukrans Bridge in South-Africa, it’s the highest in the world: 263 meters. And it was my first time.
Swimming with a great white shark in Cape Town was pretty cool too!

1E Cape Town - Mr Great White
Yes, this is a shot from the actual shark that Yolan stood face to face with

Wow, pretty sick. Is there something you wouldn’t do whilst traveling?
Hmm activity wise I think i’m up for anything. The only thing that I wouldn’t do whilst traveling, is to screw around with people with authority. I mean for instance, overstaying my VISA or act like a numb-nut on the airport around customs. These guys just always give me the chills, and when I’ve passed them I always think to myself: “Yes, I didn’t do anything illegal. I’m not going to jail!”. I might have watched to many episodes of ‘Locked Up Abroad’ before i went on this trip.

What’s the one travel item you won’t live without?
I feel really bad saying this. But… it’s obviously my phone haha. Would seriously don’t know what to do without it.
And no, it’s not as bad as you think.. It’s not that i’m constantly on WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram.  I get lost really easily – that’s why my account is called ‘NotGoingHome’ (Just joking) – so I use my phone to find my way. And it’s just that everything is on there: my e-mails, books, banking apps, flight controls for my drone. I use it to make photos, it is my back-up video camera and i’m addicted to how easy you can book an accommodation or a flight. Most of all, it gives me access to all my music. So yes, my phone is THE travel item i can’t live without.
Yolan post geting ready to hump
Getting ready for the highest bungee jump

Do you think traveling will change your perspective on life?
For sure it will! I hate to admit it, but it is life changing. For me at least.
Besides all the crap (which is all true by the way) about: personal growth, “getting to know yourself way better” and that you’re reminded that you are part of a bigger world. You are on a big big adventure! And it’s some much fun. You meet loads of new people, who think different, look different and act different. It made me think about how lucky i am with all my friends. And how freakin’ awesome it is that when you work hard for something, and you have the balls to do it, you can really make a dream into reality.
 

Yolan Post Sand boarding in Namibia

Where did you eat the best food so far and where did you eat the worst meal?
On The Maldives I definitely ate my worst meal, for 10 days straight that is. Since it’s a group of islands, they have to import everything. So I ate tuna on the day that i arrived, tuna the day after. The day after that? Tuna. All the way up to my departure: Tuna. And the funny thing was, it was always canned tuna with canned vegetables and rice. Guess next time i’m not ballin’ on a budget whilst in the Maldives, but i’ll do it properly and hang out in a 5-star resort for a couple of days. My best meal was in India. I had this amazing ‘Tuna’ dish! Fresh from the ocean, well prepared and with added fresh veggies.

Yolan post room in Cape Town
Yolan stays at some of the most amazing places

Name one song that would definitely be on your travel playlist
I got the PERFECT roadtrip song! It’s ‘Fritz Kalkbrenner – Back Home’.
This guy (Josh) I met in South-Africa via a mutual friend, put this song on while we were driving to the beach.
The sun was shining brightly, we had the windows open and for the whole 6 minutes and 22 seconds it felt like we did not have a care in the world. Played it many times after that day, and probably will do it quite some more before this trip ends.

We’re playing it right now Yolan! So, what kind of traveler are you?
Maybe you should help me out with this one. I just don’t know…
Cause one day I really feel like i’m a backpacker, just exploring with nothing more than my backpack, a tent and my camera gear.
The next day I love arriving in a really nice boutique hotel. Love to chill on the beach, but can’t do that all week as I get restless doing nothing. Maybe an explorer?

You can follow Yolan’s trip on Instagram and check out his YOUTUBE Channel for his latest video’s.

Love,
Wander-Lust

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