About Go Beyond The Usual

The covid-19 pandemic put a halt to worldwide tourism. Dirt cheap flights were cancelled and the worldwide hunger for ticking off those bucket list highlights was satisfied with holidays in our own country, out of necessity. This sparked a new lust for exploration in us. We skipped the faraway tourist highlights (and their crowds) and went instead on a search for hidden gems nearby. As it turns out, searching thoroughly reveals the prettiest, most surprising and most hidden of locations.

We are on an ongoing hunt to find such hidden gems. Occasionally turning into an inconspicuous alley, researching online and most of all keeping our eyes open, in search of locations that are beyond the usual. The prettiest, most unique and hidden gems we find, we now gather on a publicly available map. A map to use when you’ve checked off all the top highlights or when you are tired of them for a while. Use it to plan your trip well ahead, or to check last-minute what’s hidden near you. As we’ve visited all of the locations ourselves, most are not too far from our home in the Netherlands. But the map also features international locations from our trips to places further away.

I always look for locations with an extraordinary atmosphere: a sinister spooky bunker, a green tropical garden or a cozy and unexpectedly hospitable hotel.


I try to find the most adventurous and bizarre places that take you to the top of the mountain, have you battle your way through an overgrown path or make you look behind that questionable door.


Keep an eye on the map, because we’re always adding new spots. Tip: we’ll update you on our newest discoveries on our socials!

– Kirsten and Thomas

The stories that stick with you through the years are most commonly those about the unexpected places and experiences you happen to run into. Not the impressive tourist attractions, but the unique, unusual places and experiences create the most valuable memories.