Eva Daeleman is a creative centipede. Besides being a yogi and writer, she is also an entrepreneur and coach. Her life partner Stijn Heymans is also an entrepreneur and coach. In addition, they are travelers and bon vivants together. They have found each other both privately and professionally and this is reflected in several creative projects. Roadtrippers of the Sun was allowed to interview them about their way of life and what travel means to them.
At the beginning of 2019, Eva and Stijn exchanged the city life of Mechelen for a quieter life on the Belgian coast. They made that choice consciously and they do not regret it to date. In addition to personal reasons, it was also a good choice on a professional level to move. They experience the coast as a place that brings a lot of inspiration. There is less distraction and they experience less (time) pressure. Once they move inland, they work a lot more efficiently. This allows them to schedule multiple meetings in one day and return home afterwards. This used to be more spread out, but they also lost time with it.Videocalls now also facilitate that in part. You can do more in less time because you do not lose time by, for example, being in traffic jams.
They also notice differences when dealing with people. Everyone lives slower by the sea. Volatile contacts are less common and when friends or family visit them, they are present and especially there for them. They both agree that living by the sea has completely changed their lives. The rat race of life is now less present and there are fewer incentives. You can easily do your own thing. People by the sea often have a different mindset.
However, the Belgian coast was not their first choice. Spain and Portugal were also places they thought about. But actually nature, sea and beach were the essence for their move. And they can now combine that with their job and they still see family and friends regularly. The Belgian coast is ideal for Eva Daeleman and Stijn Heymans.
Eva and Stijn together make podcasts about important themes in life and the lessons you can learn from them. In addition, they provide (online) coaching to empower people (back). And they organize webinars, workshops, weekends and yoga retreats. Just because they are working on so many projects at the same time, the corona crisis does not have a huge impact on their lives. Of course they feel it. Coaching weekends that cannot continue or their camper bus that literally stands still, for example. But they can still fall back on other projects. The work they have invested in recent years is now more rewarding than ever. This crisis has once again demonstrated that they themselves need to remain active in as many different areas as possible. And they are already used to working remotely online. They did not have to adapt for that.
Seen privately, Eva and Stijn think the quarantine is fine. Living slower and being able to stay in your cocoon is something they also implemented in their daily lives before. They miss the human, personal contacts. They are already trying to look at it positively. Something that temporarily disappears now ignites their desire. Furthermore, Eva and Stijn mainly think solution-oriented and shift their focus when problems arise. Speaking of a creative mindset!
Way of life
Every day holiday is the platform where Eva and Stijn share their podcasts full of life lessons. The idea behind it is that you don’t have to go on holiday to enjoy every day. You can bring bits of vacation into your daily life. And that’s possible in coronary times. Light a candle during dinner to approach the restaurant feeling, have lunch in your garden on a sunny day or go for a walk in nature. They are small things that can make a world of difference. The “charging” that many people allow themselves to take on holiday once a year can be done every day by changing your mindset. Eva and Stijn help with this search through their podcasts and coachings.
It is important to integrate the essence of holidays in your home
Way of travelling
When we ask Eva and Stijn about their favorite way of travelling, there is no clear answer. They like variety. From winter sports holidays to long trips to Bali or just a small road trip in Belgium with the camper. Stijn likes to seek out adventure on a trip. .Eva also likes comfort. Their camper van, which they christened “Marcel”, is therefore the perfect combination. You have all the necessary comfort to go out and start your adventure.
Conscious travel is an important aspect for them. When they go a little further, they think carefully about their travels. They show respect for the host country and reflect on the impact on the environment. They do this by, for example, eating vegan food, bringing ecological soap and cleaning up their waste. The connection with nature is always central. You don’t have to go far, you can be nice closer.
If travel inspires or shows the world in a different way, then it’s good
And closer, in Belgium, the duo finds enough nice places to stay. Favourite with Eva is Damme near Bruges where she cherishes fond memories. Or kayaking on the Ourthe. Stijn is happy if he can sup’en (Stand Up Paddle) on the water. They are not really attached to one specific place but they both love the Eglegem pond in Hombeek. That’s where they met. If there’s water, it’s usually fine. It’s soothing to see the world from the water. It also brings a lot of fun.
Life lessons travel
Stijn thinks that by travelling you literally distance yourself from everything. Travel gives space. Adventure is an important part for him. Step out of your comfort zone and look. By travelling you are inspired by other cultures. How does someone live on the other side of the world? It’s fascinating to see that. Travel brings an extension of your own limiting thoughts. Holidays differ with travel. Taking a holiday is stopping and then restarting. That’s different when traveling.
Eva tells me that traveling has brought her herself. Travel and holidays are not the same. Vacation is taking a break from your life. Travelling is discovering yourself. When travelling, there may also be fewer fun moments, but you’ll learn from them. You learn to recognize your own patterns, you learn to reflect, it brings inspiration and it connects. With yourself, with the world, with the environment and nature.
We can certainly confirm the above beautiful words. Travel changes your life. One of the many reasons why we so often visit other places. Living a life you don’t really need a break, that’s luck.