Hello and welcome to our blog!

We are Oana and Chris, a Romanian couple currently based in Amsterdam with the desire to travel the world one place at a time. Although we are both from the same country, we met in Orleans, France where we were both students and after graduating we decided to move to London to follow our dreams. After spending more than 3 years in London, it was time to start a new adventure in Europe, this time in Amsterdam. We have full time jobs and we try to maximise our holiday allowance by planning long weekend breaks be it somewhere new around the city, hiking and camping in the wilderness, city breaks or long getaways and road trips.

Why we started this blog?

Our first and foremost passion is travelling and Around the Compass is an adventure journal of sorts, detailing our experiences, both the good and the bad along with our recommendations regarding places to visit, things to do, things to avoid and photos we take along the way.

Experiencing local culture, tasting local food, searching off the beaten path places with a sense of adventure are some of the reasons for which we travel, besides travel itself. Although we prefer the countryside over big cities (mostly because we already lived in one), we do not pass the opportunity to visit a new place regardless of this.

We also want to show that having a full-time job can accommodate travel, and if organised well every weekend, bank holiday or vacation is an opportunity without having to break the bank.

We love to plan our own travel itineraries based on research, but we also leave space for unforeseen opportunities as we never know what might happen along the trail. Photography plays a big part in our travels, as we try to capture the best parts seen and experienced.

If you have any questions on how to travel with a 9 to 5 job, drop us a line on any of our social media platforms.

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All our photographs are under copyright, but if you do wish to use them reach out and we’ll work something out.