Who am I?

My name is Michael van Egten, a 23-years-old International Business and Management student from the Netherlands. I have a strong interest in travelling and exploring new cultures, hence my decision to do an international study. I would like to use this website to share my stories and thoughts.



The thing I love about travelling is that you'll meet so many new people, with amazing stories, in places you've never been and with cultures you've never expierenced before.

"Travelling leaves you speechless, then it turns you into a storyteller".


Recent Blog Posts

Sunset over plane's wing
Pre-departure and goals
August 10, 2017

With only nine days remaining before I set off to Oman, the nerves are starting to build. I am not so much stressed about the packing or the travelling itself. However, now that it is actually happening I have to put money where the mouth is. The nerve wrecking part is that I do not yet know what to expect when it comes to working in the field of business for a large corporation. Even though three years of studying should have prepared me for this moment, I feel wildly unprepared. But that might also be the exciting part, to dive into the deep end and to learn through trial and error.

Idyllic view of Nizwa
Recap of the Oman excursion
June 23, 2017

Even though the trip to Oman was over a year ago, I still think of it quite often. There were too many impactful events during this excursion, that I simply cannot get out of my mind. Starting with the Forum that was hosted by the Dutch Embassy and attended by both local and Dutch entrepreneurs, executives as well as important public figures. Besides lectures about topics ranging from the sustainable fishing industry to hedge funding and cultural differences, there was time to network. Which was, to be frank quite intimidating, since I was just a second-years student who was wildly unprepared to converse with the other attendees. I luckily managed to get into contact with several prominent figures during the lunch break at the second and last day of the event.

Driving through the mountain ranges of Jebel Shams
About to embark on an adventure!
April 10, 2017

August will be a big moment for me, this is when I will move to the Middle East. To be more specific, I will move to the Sultanate of Oman which is located on the eastern shores of the Arabic Peninsula, bordering with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in the west and with Jemen in the south. The Gulf of Oman forms the border with its northern neighbours Iran and Pakistan.