Meet Véronique de Clercq, a Belgian friend who span the globe and has been to all continents. She’s revealing her secrets to the page.

Q: Hi, Can you present yourself in a few words?

VC: Hi!  My name is Véronique. I am from Belgium. I am 55 and an amazing traveler.

Q: How many countries and independent territories have you visited?

VC: I visited almost 70 independent countries.

Q: What is the first country you have visited?

VC: The first country I have visited is Spain. I was 2 years old and I just remember the sea. I went to USA when I was 17 and found NYC such an amazing and interesting city that I fell in love with it and returned about 30 times. As an adult, my first country was Portugal.

Q: What is the last country you have visited?

VC: Last country I visited was La Réunion (French depending Territory in Indian Ocean)

Q: What is your next destination?

VC: New Zealand

Q: What was the most amazing travel experience you have lived?

VC: I traveled by train between Delhi and Varanasi. On my ticket it was written ‘Time of travel 12 hours’. It turned out to be 17.

Q: Can you tell us about the most dangerous travel experience you have experienced?

VC: I was in Paraguay during a massive walk for human rights in 1988. It turned wrong and I had to run. I was saved by a cook who pushed me inside his restaurant and told me to run back to my hotel. What I did. Paraguay remains a nice and interesting experience though.

Miami (USA)

Q: If you have to pack only one thing in your luggage, what would it be?

VC: When I was young, my travel book “Le guide du routard”. Nowadays, my IPad.

Q: What are the first three things you do when you arrive in a new place?


  1. Taking a walk in the city
  2. Buying a map of the city
  3. Looking the way to go to the places to visit.

Q: What ultimate advice can you tell people that are crazy about travelling?

VC: Go for it, we are people of the world. Do not hesitate to meet each other. Life is a journey…


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