The origin story of Gecko Routes
Which places should we visit? How long does it take to get to the next destination?
These were the questions that came up times and times again when our founder, Maarten, was planning a 3-week holiday in Vietnam with his family. He had been travelling through Asia for several months but hadn’t been restricted on time until now. With only three weeks to show his family the best spots in the country, the pressure was on.
After poring over travel blogs and forums, and asking friends and fellow travellers for advice, he created an itinerary in an Excel spreadsheet. Unfortunately, finding out how to travel between places wasn’t any easier. It took hours of Google searching, visiting local websites and trying to unriddle the text with the help of Google translator. Often, only to find out that the information was out of date. Ouch.
The key pillars of Gecko Routes
Determined to help other travellers have a better experience, Maarten started Gecko Routes. Fast forward to today, we are a passionate team focused on solving two of the most important aspect of travel:
1. Find out how to get to your next destination
Finding the best route to get to your next destination is often the biggest struggle when planning a trip. It was the first problem Gecko Routes wanted to solve and it’s still how many travellers find our website today. But we didn’t stop there.
2. Find inspiration and travel tips for the best places to visit
Over the years, we expanded our content with easy-to-follow travel guides. Packed with the best tips from our own travel experiences, extensive research and conversations with hundreds of other travellers, these guides can help you make your upcoming adventure even better.
Meet the team
We’re Gecko Routes, a team of travellers on a mission to create the best online travel guide. We write the type of guides we like to read ourselves: all the information you need in one place, easy to follow, up-to-date and written by real people.
We use our first-hand travel experiences and online research to verify the information and compare different options. We also try to help our readers travel sustainably because we deeply believe that our choices make a difference for the planet.
Based in Bali, Maarten’s passion for travel is undeniable. In 2016, he decided to quit his job as a stock analyst and started doing what he always dreamed of: travelling through South East Asia and helping other people plan their trips. When he is not working on Gecko Routes, you’ll find him surfing in the ocean or exploring the best gems of Indonesia.
Abegail Dela Cruz
Abby is a writer who finds joy in mountains, beaches, and road trips. She considers her solo backpacking trip to the rice terraces of Bontoc one of the most fulfilling moments in her life. She’s loyal to the islands of her home country, the Philippines, but Thailand’s beaches also have a special place in her heart.
Aleksandra is a writer and editor who recently moved from Hong Kong to London. She’s worked and studied in four countries (and counting) and picked up a new hobby in each of them. She’s a big fan of long train journeys so you can count on her to take the scenic route, finding a few hidden gems along the way.
Ela is a storyteller, content producer, solo traveller and a mermaid-in-training. When she’s not in front of her laptop, you will find her barefoot and living her best tan on some island in the Philippines… Or exploring the depths of its seas as a budding freediver. An island girl at heart, she’ll be happy anywhere there is sea, sand, sun and coffee.
Kate is a writer, (ex)Management Consultant and avid traveller. She recently returned from a 2-year career break exploring the world and decided corporate life wasn’t for her. She’ll soon be testing life as a digital nomad. She’s visited over 40 countries and fell in love with Latin America in particular. Her travelling has inspired a passion for yoga, salsa, hiking and Spanish.
Pam is a dedicated VA after spending years in the corporate world. Work-life balance is very important to her and she enjoys a flexible work setup. Pam loves the outdoors and travels locally, spending every holiday waking up in the cold and misty mountains of the Philippines. She knows every coffee shop and loves every bite of a freshly baked cheesecake.
Yurii is a web developer. When he’s not writing code, he enjoys reading and travelling (Italy is his favourite destination so far). For his next trip, he’s planning to visit Asia to learn more about the culture. Travelling is what inspires and motivates him: his dream is to move to a different country every year.
Get in touch
Gecko Routes was founded in 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Currently, our team operates remotely from different countries from all over the world.
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