- How do you afford to travel so much?
I've grown up traveling and would much rather spend my money on that than on anything else! I put as much money as possible aside for my travel savings and I value experiences over materialistic objects. I also love to shop secondhand.
I worked during uni and full-time after graduation to save up for travel, taking my vacation days to go on shorter trips. In December 2018, I quit my job in Canada and traveled almost full-time for twenty months through seven countries. During this time, I was based out of New Zealand where I had a year-long working holiday visa to earn money while I traveled. In September 2020, I moved to Europe and now work full-time in Belgium, traveling around the continent on weekends and during my holidays. I also offer freelance digital marketing management on the side.
- What camera do you use to take all your photos?
Check out my gear page to see everything I use and travel with!
- Did you go to university?
Yes, I earned my Bachelor's degree in 2016 from the University of British Columbia in Canada. Read about my experience here.
- Who takes your photos?
If I'm traveling with someone, they take my photos! Otherwise, I'll use a tripod. I also ask people around me; when asking someone to take a photo of you, don't be afraid to tell them what kind of photo and angles you want and encourage them to take multiple photos.
- How long have you been blogging?
JanaMeerman.com was launched in April 2014 just before my four-month summer trip to Europe. I back-dated a couple of my blog posts from before that time because they're an important part of my travels.
- How do you edit your photos?
All the photos on my Instagram and on my blog are edited with Adobe Lightroom.
- Where are you from?
I am half-German, half-Dutch and hold three passports: British, Canadian and Dutch! I was born in the UK where I lived for eight years. We also lived in the US before immigrating to Canada where I lived for twelve years. I was then based out of New Zealand for nearly two years while traveling full-time and currently live in Belgium. (So to answer your question: everywhere?)
- How many countries have you been to?
27, for now! My goal is to one day visit all 263 - see how I got that number here. Check out my bucket list for every country in the world here.
- How many countries have you lived in?
- What's your favourite country you've visited?
It's hard to compare where I've been since everywhere is so different. I like to live in the moment and enjoy the experiences and opportunities that come my way. Having said that, I really do love both New Zealand and Canada as they're naturally stunning places.
- I want to work with you! How can we get started?
Get in touch with me from my collaboration page and let's get talking.
- You still didn't answer my question!
I love hearing from readers with any questions or comments they have about anything travel-related or stuff I get up to. Head over to my contact page and I look forward to hearing from you!