Hi, my name is Stéphanie Versteeg and I am a travel writer from the Netherlands. I’m the adventurous kind of travel girl and for my blog expeditieaardbol.nl I get to travel the world on a regular basis.
For the last 10 years, I have conquered our beautiful planet with flip flops and sneakers. I climbed mountains in Austria and Laos, and did challenging hiking trips in the jungle of Indonesia. As you can imagine, that did not go without a little struggle: I injured several body parts when falling from slippery rocks and always prayed for a good outcome when climbing to a new viewpoint. Despite some serious bruises I always survived, but it wasn’t really convenient to do these kind of hikes on worn-out sneakers or flip flops.
A few months ago, I finally stocked up on some more professional travel gear. I exchanged the flip flops for some decent hiking boots and paired it with the merino wool hiking socks by Danish Endurance. I took them to Sicily for a short trip and – this will not come as a surprise – what a relief! Why didn’t I think of this earlier? The hiking boots are perfect for hikes and adventures on rugged ground, but especially the socks are a life saver: I haven’t stopped wearing them ever since.
The Danish Endurance hiking socks are made with 33% merino wool and have a padded area to absorb shocks. The socks are quite thick and keep your feet warm, but at the same time they dry quickly after washing them, which is extremely convenient when on the road. They help prevent blisters and injuries, but I also use them as my everyday socks. I am even wearing them right now, just at home, writing stories at the kitchen table.
After all these years of travelling, with Danish Endurance I’m finally prepared to do some more serious hiking. I’m looking forward to taking my new gear on a stroll somewhere remote, and I already have a destination in mind. This year I’m planning to go to Madagscar, and I can’t wait to wear my socks for a confident hike or climb in one of its national parks.
Follow Stéphanie on instagram here: @expeditieaardbol
When did you start to run and who and what motivates you?
I started doing track and field/running when I was 3 years old. My motivation comes from standing on the track at Championships like WC, EC and the Olympics where the atmosphere is outstanding.
Have you ever practiced any other sports?
When I was little I did handball, swimming, badminton and dancing.
What would a typical day look like for you?
On a typical day I wake up at 6.30 am, eat breakfast and drink coffee. Then I have my first morning session at 9 am. My first session is done around 11.00 am and then I have lunch around 12.30 pm
Then I sometimes have physio and massage.
School/studying for 4 hours and then I have my evening session from 5.00 pm to 7.30 pm.
Then I go home, relax and have dinner around 9PM and straight to bed afterwards.
How often and how do you usually train?
I train 6 days a week. Two sessions Tuesday and Thursday. My trainings sessions are about sprinting, distance running, core, strength and technical workouts.
What do you do to relax after an exhausting day of training?
My days off I usually go to my favorite cafe, relax and read. Sometimes I also go to the sauna.
We know that you are training for the European Athletics Championships which take place in Berlin next year. What are your expectations for this?
Getting to the final is my main goal. But first, I need to qualify.
You love to travel – what is your favorite destination? …and where would you like to go next if you could choose any place?
My favorite place is very difficult to pick. But probably Bali or the Philippines. I would love to visit Sri Lanka, Kenya or Hawaii.
What is your favorite food?
Dishes that contain fish. 😊
What is your favorite Danish Endurance product and why?
Low cut socks. Perfect for training!
How will you celebrate Christmas this year?
I will celebrate Christmas in South Africa this year.
Do you have any advice for us how to get a healthy start to the new year?
Set some realistic goals.