What do you take with you on a trip?

I'm going on a trip and taking with me… an alpaca plaid from EcuaFina! We are almost at the end of summer and almost everyone has been on vacation for a week or two. One goes on vacation in their own country and the other goes to another country (mostly sunny) by plane, train or car. More and more people are traveling sustainably, but at the same time catching a plane to a sunny refuge is indispensable. After two years of corona is it nice that we can travel again. We take the travel times for granted and like real Dutch people to fill them with games, such as 'I see what you don't see', spotting the yellow car and 'I'm going on a trip and take it with me' of course! The aim of this game is to take as much as possible and thus to memorize, making it as difficult as possible for your opponents. What's the first thing you put in your suitcase?

We asked Kirsten from Where she goes, she has a wonderful travel platform where she shares all the ins and outs of the best accommodations in and outside the Netherlands. In addition to her beautiful website, she also has an enviable Instagram account where she shares all her adventures through the most beautiful photos, which she starts shooting herself. Kirsten loves traveling. You will find her almost every weekend in another beautiful, new or special accommodation for her travel blog.

Kirsten, if you had to answer the sentence I'm going on a trip and take with me, what would it be next to an alpaca blanket from EcuaFina?

Then I would definitely choose my camera. I love photography. I try to capture moments of happiness on image as much as possible: from magical sunrises to cozy evenings by the fire and from breakfasts in the open air to a walk in the woods. I can also be really bummed when I unexpectedly find myself in a nice spot or walk into a sunset while my camera is still at home.

Winter camping Oetdoor

At the beginning of 2022 Kirsten took our Chimborazo Multicolor on winter camping at Oetdoor in Haarlo. With the cold, a woolen blanket was not superfluous. Oetdoor is an Scandinavian styled outdoor camping in the east of the Nertherlands. You can stay here in a Scandinavian decorated bell-tent, a tipi tent or stuga. But you can also stay with them with your own tent, camper or caravan. They also have a swimming pond, hot tub and sauna.

Here Kirsten shot the coziest pictures with our alpaca blanket.


We cannot yet imagine that it will be winter again with all the beautiful summer days. But when we see Kirsten's photos, we spontaneously feel like crawling on the couch with the alpaca wool blankets again!

How did you come up with the idea of ​​a travel blog and how did you started?

Traveling, photography and writing are the three things I enjoy doing the most, especially when combined. That love for photography started at a young age. And at a later age my desire to travel arose. I like to see as much of the world as possible. Whether I sleep in a forest house on the Veluwe, in a tent somewhere in the Slovenian nature or in a tree house in Thailand: traveling and discovering is the most beautiful thing there is. I really enjoy sharing these adventures in words and pictures and to inspire others.Icoon voor Geverifieerd door de community

That is why I started Where She Goes in early 2021, after we returned from a trip with the tuk-tuk through Sri Lanka and corona got the world in its grip. Where She Goes is a travel blog for everyone who loves the outdoors, traveling at home and abroad and of course loves unique places to sleep. The focus is really on discovering, photographing and writing about all kinds of dream spots in the middle of nature. From cozy forest houses to cool tree houses and from hip tiny houses to attractively furnished tents.

How would you discribe yourself?

I am a travel junkie and out- and indoor person in one. I live (and recharge) in nature and like to experience the coolest adventures, but I can also have a lot of fun at home. Give me a fantasy book and you won't hear from me for a few hours. I like this quote: “She's a dreamer, a soul searcher and a wanderer. She drifts along in the thought. Her mind craving exploration and her eyes telling tales of mysterious adventures.”

Do you always travel alone? 

I often travel alone. I really enjoy being alone once in a while and doing my thing. (And yes, sometimes I catch myself talking to myself haha) Of course there are regular moments where I think: “If only Stefan (my husband) and Butch (our dog) were here.” Because I also really like to travel with others. Together with my husband and our dog, with a friend or with one of my sisters.

Belgian Ardennes

Later Kirsten went on an adventure to our neighboring country, Belgium and took our Quilotoa Red and Panama hat with her. She stayed at the Flemish Feathery Forest and at the Bush Box accommodation. Kirsten also shot the most beautiful autumnal pictures here.


Feathery Forest 

Both locations are located in a wooded area where you can completely relax. At the Feathery Forest, all kinds of animals will keep you company during your stay. The chickens, ducks, turkeys, pheasant, pot-bellied pigs, cat and the two dogs live there too! All animals have been rescued and taken care of by the owners of the property. A wonderful initiative!

The Bush Box has a more modern look. This is a tiny house followed by a tinier house with a double bed, a very cute and romantic spot with a view of the forest and the tiny house itself. Both accommodations are fully equipped so that means that you don't have to think of anything and you're really on holiday. So if you want to get away for a while, relax or just discover more beautiful places, Kirsten has plenty of tips! 



Bush Box 

Kirsten, why do you like photography? 

I used to fill one camera roll after another. The disposable cameras were unstoppable, and I can't even remember how many times I've cycled into town to print my photos – full of anticipation. That disposable camera is now (fortunately) a thing of the past, but the love for photography has remained. It is always a challenge to capture moments in such a way that it creates vivid memories. Even when I don't have my camera with me, I take mental pictures and often find myself thinking about the best composition and the best light.

Which stay have you liked the most so far?

Ooh, that's a tough question. Each stay has its own character and its own things. The most unique place I've slept is Treehouse Goldsworthy. A real tree house in the Achterhoek in the Netherlands that has been built with great ingenuity. In Belgium, my favorite place – so far – is Treelodge Belgium. A tree house village for adventurers. I slept here in the 'Tjiftjaf' with a white bath in the ridge of the house and a sauna under the tree house. In any case, places where I can light fires – whether in a wood-burning stove, a pizza oven or a sauna – are my favourite.

What do you think are real must-haves for a stay?

A lot of green like plants, trees etcetera. Whether it is a back-to-basic accommodation or a luxury residence. You make me especially happy with a lot of nature around the sleeping place (and I don't just mean grass ;) ). A bit remote and away from the outside world. A place to relax and enjoy quality time together. Sustainable shower products and nice teas always work well for me too! And yes, secretly a nice sofa, a wood stove and a sauna is of course also very cozy.

We completely agree with that and like to look for those nice moments of rest ourselves. As far as we are concerned, a woolen plaid is a real must-have for every living, sleeping and outdoor area! Especially with autumn approaching. Make it extra warm and cheerful inside with the beautiful prints of EcuaFina, your energy bill will also thank you. See our collection here.Icoon voor Geverifieerd door de community

Daniëlle Zandbergen