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Meet Trailblazer Sigrid Rijckoort

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sigrid Rijckoort.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Sigrid. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am 23 years old and I am part of Roadtrippers of the Sun. This is a travel blog about our own experiences while traveling the world. I am originally from Belgium and stayed in San Diego to write about all good things in this beautiful city. I am now traveling for more than 2 months with my partner, Bryan.

Last year, we decided to change our lives and start traveling, which has always been our dream. We were tired or our boring lives in Belgium. It was always the same routine and we think there is more to life.

Today, we don’t regret our choice of leaving Belgium. We already discovered so many beautiful places in the world and San Diego was one of our favorites. Our main goal of this whole journey is to explore, find creativity and become closer to ourselves. This new energy we put into our blog and we want to inspire others. We hope our readers can learn from our travels and experiences while traveling.

Making our blog is just the beginning of our goal. It would be great to become one of Belgium’s best travelblogs and maybe later, to conquer the world.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
To leave Belgium and our loved ones, was not an easy decision to make. But we had to. We were no longer happy with our lives in Belgium and we felt the need to travel the world. The hardest part was telling our family that we would leave for a couple months. If you ever want to leave home, I suggest to tell your family sooner than we did. They eventually will understand and support you, because they love you. I sometimes regret I didn’t dare to tell my family and just said the words 3 weeks before leaving. I already knew I was going to leave for over 1 year… but the best advice I can give is to just follow your dreams. Really, there is nothing more important than living your life and making your dreams come true. Life is too short so don’t waste it. Make the most of it and make yourself happy. Once you are happy, you can try to make others happy as well. My fault was always to please others and never thinking about myself. This one decision, to travel the world and leave my country behind, is one I made for myself and not for other people. It was the best decision of my life.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Roadtrippers of the Sun – what should we know?
Our blog, is everything I love. It is about traveling, my experiences, photography, food, life, books, etc. It is a way of showing who I am and what I stand for. Both, me and my partner, love to write and add beautiful pictures to our stories. I specialize in the writing part; It’s something I always wanted to do. Write stories and share it with others. And the best is, people love it too. After writing for 1 year now, we already reach 6000 visitors/month. That is the most beautiful gift for me.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
I think women are always underrated. I don’t know why, but I think it has got to do something with (powerful) men who are maybe afraid of replacement by a strong woman. And this is wrong. Both men and women are ready for leadership if they appear to have the qualities to lead.

In my business, the biggest barrier is that women supposed to have “not enough knowledge” of the technical part of starting a blog. Of course, I had the help of my partner, BUT there are so many powerful female colleagues of me who successfully started up their own blog. I hope one day, all women find the power to overcome these kinds of barriers.

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Bryan Blaes, Sigrid Rijckoort – Roadtrippers of the Sun

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