A BIT ABOUT US & OUR TRAVELS
A scene from climbing and scaling volcanoes across Indonesia
We are from Denmark where both of us live today with our families. As the homepage name suggests we're twins, and we've always liked playing around together with different projects. That's probably also part of why we got the idea of combining our separate and sometimes shared travel experiences in a single site.
Here is a quick break-down of the last nearly four decades of traveling:
First phase: "Early on" (1982-1989).
Travels to France, Spain and different Atlantic Ocean islands. We cannot remember much of this period but the old photo albums show many pictures from this corner of the world.
Second phase "Growing up" (1989-1996).
Travels all over Europe, Canada and USA. Raised in the 80ies and 90ies our parents took us through most of Europe as well as America although with a strong bias towards traversing France in a camping wagon. It was also in this period that we got hooked on building basic outdoor skills through several micro-adventures across the Danish archipelago and did a few hiking trips in the Alps with our bold big brother who was six years of age ahead of us and was alrady scaling Mt. Blanc and other summits.
Third phase: "Big teens" (1996-2001).
Mostly trekking in the Nordic region and countries as well as interrail tours across Europe. Being early adventurers, we went several times on our own to trek along and climb mountains in Lapland, North Sweden, and the Norwegian Alps. Around the age of 14 or so, we both decided that we would live an adventurous life, and we havn't stopped since. In this period, we strived towards developing solid trekking, camping, cold management, cooking, SCUBA-diving, skin-diving, navigation, foraging, canoo, kayak, etc. skills that we try to sustain to this date. Some of our best childhood friends joined us on this mission and they are still our travel companions to this date.
Fourth phase: "Decade of studing" (2001-2009).
The post high school year was kicked-off with a fatalistic travel across SE Asia where the true travel bug was installed in both of us. During this travel year we primarily did a lot of SCUBA-diving to finetune our skills. Then, we both did university studies from 2002-2009. Anders studied philosophy, leadership and business strategy and Jakob earned a PhD in molecular biology, while both of us participated in business case solving competitions as well as entreprenurship competitions, culminating in winning the Danish tier1 Venture Cup competition and a big pool of money that we invested into research in a company that we were building from scratch. But the decade of studying was not only about books and exams. During this period, both of us traveled 3+ months every single year, primarily in third-world countries and regions. Thus, we did tons of travelling, hiking, mountain climbing and diving all over South East Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East, Latin America, and a bit of Micronesia and North Africa. Some of these travels we did together, others were together with our girlfriends (and wives today, respectively) and childhood and university friends, and finally some of the travels were undertaken completely solo.
In this period, we also did many non-core trips across Europe to visit friends, explore new cities, sail and dive in the Mediterranean Sea, trek in Scotland, etc. most of which is non-core to this homepage.
Fifth phase: "Setteling down and establishing careers" (2009-2019).
Since 2010, we've both lived more "ordinary lives" with wives, kids, houses, summer houses, and steep careers. Anders' studies in philosophy, leadership and business strategy paved the way for 8 years as a management consultant in a tier 1 advisory firm, now working with commercial management. Jakob's science studies and PhD in molecular biology was steered towards a career in business development and management of international sales in a large global corporation. In this period, we had a continuous focus on expeditions into Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent and much of Asia as well as an emerging focus on visiting islands in the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean.
We also had the pleasure of prioritizing several microadventures across the Danish and Nordic archipelagos together with our kids thus trying to pass along some of the joy for nature and the outdoor skills that we obtained early on.
Also, our non-core trips across Europe and USA have continued since our kids should also see this part of the world, although non-core travel is carried out at a smaller scale than during the past decades.
As of today, we both still prioritize to travel as much as possible. As of January 2020 it has been alltogether:
10 trips to Southeast Asia
4 trips to the Indian subcontinent
12 trips to the Middle East
8 trips to different Indian Ocean island groups
4 trips to Northern Africa
6 trips to Eastern Africa
3 trips to Central Africa
3 trips to Southern Africa
5 trips to the Americas
4 trips across the Caribbean
1 trip to the Pacific islands
...excluding hundreds of trips around Europe, and our travels associated with professional work.
Our travel philosophy
It is not our mission to tick off countries from a list. Although we strive to visit new places, we tend to return to the same places again and again. For instance, this is why we've spent six months in Thailand, four months in India, five months in Indonesia, etc. Indonesia, for instance, we visited during six different trips, and we expect to visit this no.1 island-destination at least ten times more!
When we visit a country or region, the ambition is never to exhaustively visit all must-do's and sights. We always strive to select unique places where typical selection criteria are: remoteness, word-of-mouth-uniqueness, people & culture, and gut-feeling when looking at an atlas. Proximity to either climbable high mountains and volcanoes or world-class dive sites has an additional pull.
All our pictures
All pictures are of course © Anders & Jakob Pedersen.
A few pictures have been snapped by our close friends and travel companions. We are obviously amateurs and do not have any commercial agenda whatsoever regarding our pictures.
If you have a question regarding travel planning or certain destinations please feel free to contact us.
andersmadsenpedersen (a) gmail (dot) com
jakobmp28 (a) hotmail (dot) com