We are Ben and Linda. We want to discover the world by bicycle and pass it on in a green and more social way. That’s why we travel around the world as green as can be and give direct and local help to people in need and nature conservation projects. You can help us by donating to our foundation XPLORid.
Our mode of transport is a bicycle. When needed we look for a sailboat to cross an ocean. We don't get on any airplane during our 7 years' world tour. By doing so we make the statement: "You cán discover the world by bicycle" and promote green tourism.
We raise funds. € 1 for every kilometer we cycle. In total we'll cycle 100,000 km. This equals € 100,000 support on our aid projects.
Would you like to support our green and social goal with a donation? With these donations we give direct help to people in need and nature conservation projects. At local shops we buy the things they need. We buy, for example, a goat, sheep or cow. Or we take care of the repair of a broken roof, refrigerator or bicycle. Visiting the dentist or the doctor. Medicines, clothes, shoes, a new roof. Helping start a small business etc. etc.
Our journey of discovery
We cycle all over the world. 100,000 km through at least 80 countries. We expect to be on the road for seven years. On June 15 2020 we started our world tour from the Vrijthof in Maastricht (the Netherlands). Do you want to know where we are now?
From Maastricht we cycle to the east, crossing Turkey, Iran, China and Mongolia. Then to the south, visiting India, Indonesia and Australia. After that, we will head towards Japan, Canada and the US. Through Central America, we will cycle all the way to Patagonia. Finally, we will ride through Africa and back to Europe.
At the end of 2020 we reached Alexandroupoli in Greece, 15 km from the Turkish border. In 2021, due to Covid, we will first cycle from Greece to the North Cape. Next we will cycle to the Netherlands for a short visit to family and friends. In 2022, when the borders re-open (hopefully), we continue our journey further East.
The meaning of XPLORid
We named our world bicycle tour XPLORid.
The letters of this name have a special meaning to us:
Xplore: discovering the world
People & planet: social and green
Low budget: cycling and camping
Outdoor: being outdoors 24/7
Round trip: across the whole world
idworx: the brand of our indestructible bicycles
In addition, the word “exit” is hidden in this name. This refers to saying goodbye to our comfortable life. Cycling is our new way of life. We will often have to go to the toilet in nature and after a day of cycling there won’t be a shower and a real bed. We slip back to three basic needs: eating, drinking and sleeping. But we get a lot in return:
the experience and pleasure of a lot of freedom. Everything is allowed and nothing is obligatory.
our new routine is more synchronized with nature: active during the day and rest during the night.
We are really looking forward to:
the people we meet;
the help we give;
the nature we discover;
the animals we see;
the elements we feel.
I love living a meaningfull life, freedom, nature and sports.
I am not materialistic and I am selling almost all of my stuff. I prefer nature in stead of crowds. I'd rather go to a concert of one good artist (Coldplay) than to a festival.
The TV is always turned off, except for good movies (Avatar) or series (Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Homeland, Casa de papel, Lost and Friends). I like to read books like Millenium and The Hunger games.
I am adventurous and enjoy discovering new things. I like to sing (in the shower). I know a lot of lyrics by heart.
I love the sun, the beach and the sea. I snorkel for hours in the water to find beautiful sea urchin shells. I like to be the first on the beach in the morning to pick up shells. I like to watch the (falling) stars and the full moon. I keep track of the lunar cycle and look for reflection in it.
I am what they call a hard worker and I love the motto "a deal's a deal". After having worked in sales for 12 years, I started the process of (self) awareness throughout my whole lifestyle.
Giving massages is my specialty. I really enjoy getting one as well.
With my skills I focus on sponsor requests, press and social media.
I am calm, self-conscious, (un)patient, sweet, passionate, sporty, witty, adventurous, quirky, enthusiastic, honest, reliable, persistent, tireless, forgetful, slow, naive and not very structured.
I have an allergy for the words "you must". I choose my own way, and I'm authentic and independent.
I love freedom, sports (swimming and cycling), traveling, backpacking, salsa dancing, exciting stories, John Irving, Quintin Tarantino and massages (give and receive). But most of all I love Linda (and my beautiful Ducati Scrambler).
I like white cool sheets and black coffee (from freshly ground beans). I prefer being in nature and not in a crowded city. I love café De Pieter, swimming pool Jekerdal and my three beautiful daughters.
I love challenges, single malt Scottish peat whiskey, dark chocolate, good food, cooking (melanzane from Italy, Indonesian dishes and gratin dauphinois from France), cherry pie from Hermans bakery, raw herring with onions, fries with mayonnaise and of course my mother's apple pie and chicken soup.
I don't watch TV but I watch good movies (Quintin Tarantino) or series (Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Homeland and Casa de papel). Learn Spanish at Duolingo for the world trip.
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