We are always inspired to see where people go in their TOMS, not least because every experience is an expression of gratitude – both while travelling and in everyday life. This time we introduce you to Roëll, a traveller in heart and soul, and founder of one of the best known online travel magazines in the Netherlands: We Are Travellers.
Name: Roëll de Ram
Occupation: Travel blogger
Hobbies: Travel, dancing, photography and cooking or trying out dishes in new restaurants
Where do your TOMS take you?
This time my TOMS took me to the Big Apple, the “concrete jungle where dreams are made of” – New York! I’ve been doing a lot of travelling for some years now, including several trips to America, but this was the first time my itinerary included the city of all cities: New York. We spent a week there and did lots of fun things. You can see me wearing my TOMS on the Brooklyn Bridge below:
What are the little things you’re grateful for every day?
It may sound like a cliché, but being with family, friends and the love of my life makes me happy and without them life would just be empty. I’m also extremely grateful that I can see so much of the world and do what I like doing most: Writing, taking photographs, meeting new people and discovering cultures.
How do you express your gratitude?
By laughing a lot – I honestly think that the world could use more joy. And I also enjoy chatting with a complete stranger in the street or in a shop sometimes. The sentence ‘laugh and the world laughs with you’ sums this up nicely, and I also try to help small businesses by buying products from them rather than from big companies.
What are your favourite TOMS?
The black Full Grain Leather Women’s Classic TOMS – they go with many outfits, are comfortable and I love the rope sole. The TOMS Lunata Boots are perfect for winter as well.
What kind of music do you listen to?
I’ve been listening to the playlists on 22Tracks.com a lot recently – a website with playlists of 22 songs in different genres. At the moment I am listening to the African and Latin playlists frequently.
What inspires you?
Entrepreneurial, creative and positive people inspire me. People who are passionate about something and are able to communicate their enthusiasm. A conversation with someone like that inspires and motivates me.
Tell us what you like most about travelling.
The Netherlands is such a tiny part of our planet. I wonder what people on the other side of the world do when we sit down for dinner at 6 o’clock each evening. What type of music they listen to, how they dance and how they interact with each other. What type of music they like, how their houses are furnished and – last but not least – what are their natural surroundings? Travelling satisfies my curiosity.
We would love to know where your TOMS take you and how you share appreciation in the places you visit. Tag your photos with the hashtag #travelingTOMS on Instagram and Twitter. Thanks for letting us take part in your adventures!