“For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home.”

Simon Van Booy

About The Navigatio

Hi! I’m Nele (“Nay-la”) and welcome to The Navigatio! Add my love for travel, storytelling and photography to my slight coffee addiction and you get yourself a travel blog.

On The Navigatio, I want to share my love for urban travel. I love the liveliness, the excitement and how they are packed with culture and history. You can learn so much about a country and a culture from its cities!

I hope to inspire like-minded couples to plan their next urban adventure. Richard and I have made our fair share of travel mistakes, so hopefully I can take some of that anxiety away with my travel guides and tips to fully prepare you for your next holiday.

Our travel style?

• We LOVE city trips and urban adventures!
• Mid-range, not a fan of staying in hostels and we don’t mind spending a little extra on a good hotel.
• Coffee, coffee, coffee! We’re always looking for the best independent coffee shops while travelling.
• See the main sights, but add some hidden gems to mix things up a bit.

European City Breaks

We LOVE city breaks! Europe has so many amazing cities to explore, filled with history, culture and stories to discover. Because city trips often only last a few days, they’re more affordable and act as the perfect break from everyday life.

Itineraries & Travel Tips

On The Navigatio, you can expect to find detailed and honest itineraries, hotel guides and tips on how to make the most of your city trip. Our in-depth guides will fully prepare you for your next trip, taking away any travel anxiety you may have.

Japan Travel

Apart from loving Europe, Japan is the destination that stole my heart. The culture, the food, the ancient temples and the vibrant cities. From city guides and Japan itineraries to general Japan tips – find them here.

About Nele

Let’s get to know each other a little bit better! I’m Nele (pronounced as Nay-la – hello Dutch spelling!), and I run this little travel website. I grew up in a small village in the South of the Netherlands. Growing up, I undoubtedly caught the travel bug from my parents. They had already ticked off quite a few bucket list items before they had me and my sisters, but loved sharing the world with us after they expanded their little family.

After dropping out of a communications degree back in the Netherlands, I decided to take the leap and move to the UK. I was only 18 at the time, but the dream of studying English and Creative Writing pushed me to give it a go! And it turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

I started The Navigatio in 2017, while studying at university. I wanted to have a place where I could write stuff that wasn’t part of my degree – particularly writing about my travelling.

While working multiple part-time jobs on the side of finishing a degree in my second language and having some sort of social life, I managed to save up enough money to make one of my biggest travel dreams come true: Japan.

After my boyfriend Richard and I came back from Japan, the experience I gained from running this blog got me a full-time job as a digital marketing assistant and SEO specialist. But after 6 months, I quit to pursue the dream of running this website full-time.

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