Who is the.e.t?

theetthe.ego.tripper, aka the.e.t, is a travel aficionado and journalist from Antwerp, Belgium. Since he doesn’t like to talk about himself in the third person, he will now switch to first person. Switch. There we go, much better. First off, I feel I should apologize for any spelling or grammar mistakes throughout this blog. English is not my mother tongue, so please don’t feel the need to correct any errors, as I’m not interested in upgrading my English skills. Besides, this website is more about sharing a feeling, a passion I have for travelling (or is it traveling?) and have had since my first citytrip to Paris so many years ago. Since I graduated in 2003 I’ve spent most of my (spare) money on airplane/train/bus tickets and hotels in foreign countries. Luckily my job allows me to travel as well on a pretty regular bases. Which is nice. As a result I’ve been to a few countries on all continents (not if you count Antarctica as a continent) and I’ve realized I haven’t seen much at all. There are so many places I haven’t been to, so many places I still want to go to. So much to see, so little time. Frustrating! And that’s why I’m writing this blog. To kill time until my next trip abroad and talk about my one passion.

And now in a nutshell: the.ego.tripper, does not enjoy being in a nutshell, 33 years of age, based in Antwerp, pug owner, lover of Thai food, slightly afraid of flying (I know, it’s strange), photographer with a Samsung Galaxy NX (a blogger’s best friend!).

And yes, I am a bit of an ego-tourist:

1. Ego-Tourist (Urban Dictionary)
Where globetrotters head for increasingly obscure locales, not for the experience but for the bragging rights of having been somewhere exotic and difficult while looking down on any adventures that don’t involve an amusing incident with a nasty local disease / local militia / extreme weather event. Ego-tourists have way too much attachment to words like ‘authentic’ and ‘unspoilt’.
“Bob is boring me stiff with his stories from the Congo. He’s such an ego-tourist.”

72 comments on “Who is the.e.t?

  1. Thanks for liking my post :-) followed you, My dream is to travel Europe, I’m just starting my journey.. Your post will be a big-help since I love traveling too.. :-D Newbie here in word-press,. Best luck to you !

    Regards;
    Rox

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  2. Well, I usually have some sort of incident occur while traveling, like being accidentally run over by DH on a jet ski in Mexico. It didn’t involve disease, militia, or extreme weather, but it did involve a Mexican hospital :-). I look forward to reading your blog and following you on your travels. Thanks for visiting mine!

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  3. You really are entertaining. I was in a good mood, but you bumped me up to laughter. I’ll have to come back to see some more later, but thanks for the invite, and congrats on the good work, a joy to read.

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  4. Thanks for liking my post about my postcard-fundrasier-adventure! Great to meet a fellow travel-addict. I just read and watched your piece on Australia Day….haha *cringe*….(though I couldn’t help but laugh at the bum crack that inevitably showed up, and I’m not talking about the chicks). Glad you enjoyed yourself down under! In lieu of revisiting this sunburnt country, maybe you’d like to request a postcard? :)

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  5. I lived in Mexico for two years and am now back in the United States. But I will say it definitely gave me the travel bug more than I had before. I miss Mexico, but now I want to see the world, living a little while in various places. (Ah, but for my cats, at this point! ;-)

    I just stopped by to thank you for “liking” my first post in my next year of blogging about all things Mexico.

    Thank you!

    Oh, and your English skills are pretty darn good for it not being your native language. (I appreciated your note about that here. I happen to be an English teacher. ;-)

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  6. I love all the adventure that is being shown on this blog! Thanks for checking out “wild tales of…”. I’m looking forrward to reading more about your inspiring travels.

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  7. Thanks for liking! I’ve been wanting to go to Prague for a while so hopefully I can make the trip soon. Looking forward to perusing your blog!

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  8. Hi, thank you for stopping by and liking my recent post. I see we share the passion for travelling! I’ll go through your blog and read your adventures then…

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  9. Tu “Blog” es super amusant my friend, comme tu aimes voyager, estas bienvenu a Montreal, gracias por your comments and your creativo enlace, salutations y hasta la proxima

    Carlos

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  10. Thanks for liking my post about Maldives. Love your site, I agree so many places to go/see yet to see so little time. I’ll embark on my first Parisian escapade this June 2012 can’t wait!

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  11. Thanks for stopping by my site, which led me to you. You’ve got a very lively, fun blog! I’m going to have to follow you now so I can live vicariously through you til I figure out how to grab and go with a youngster and 2 dogs.

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  12. Dear peepz, you really don’t have to thank me for a visit and a like to and on your blogs. It’s probably me who has to thank you for putting all that great travel info and pictures out there for everyone to enjoy.

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  13. great introduction, haha, definition entertaining. went through some of your blogs and you can see your passion for travel come through – it’s awesome – as well as your photos. every year i have to plan a trip to travel outside the US and that is what keeps me going in life – it’s as if i can finally breathe. the fact that your job allows you to pursue your passion – is something to be envied! i believe traveling is a spiritual journey – you put yourself in an environment and situation outside your comfort zone and you’re compelled to look within in order to deal with the situation. afterwards, one hopes that is, it makes you a better you. thanks for sharing. safe travels!

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  14. Oh dear, now that I’ve read the definition of ego-tourist, I must confess I am a bit of one myself. And I’m probably teaching my daughters to be as well. Anyhow, I enjoyed your pictures if Lisbon. I lived there as a child for several years and have been back a few times with my husband and little daughter. Fantastic people and culture!

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  15. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog–that’s how I found yours. and I’m so glad I did.
    Please count Antarctica as one of the continents. We were ET enough to visit in my pre-blog days, and rated it as one of our top experiences.

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  16. Too bad you got married in Las Vegas, you sound cute and my Dutch is better then your English. By the way I think the fear of flying makes the best travelers.

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  17. Thanks for visiting… I’m gonna snoop around your blog a bit more now! Love your bio… made me smile!

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  18. Hi ET, I’m thrilled I discovered your blog. I also love traveling and have a slight fear of flying :) I can’t wait to read all about your adventures. Chrissy :)

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