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Inspiring Biography of Martijn Doolaard

Martijn Doolaard is a popular YouTuber, and author.

He has 653K subscribers on his eponymous YouTube channel.

Martijn is also a photographer, travel writer, freelance graphic designer and was a cyclist.


Martijn Doolaard was born on 17 December 1983 in Netherlands.

He grew up in Southern Netherlands in his family’s nursery, in a big garden.

Martijn’s father initially used to work as a landscaper and currently, he is a minister in a Dutch Protestant Church.

His mother was a caretaker and technical and financial manager of their house.

Martijn has three siblings, his oldest brother, Cees-Jan works as a carpenter, his second brother, Anne is a landscaper and his youngest brother, Siebren is a videographer and animator.

Born  Martijn Doolaard; 17 December 1983, Netherlands; grew up in Southern Netherlands
EducationGraphic Designing, De Eindhovense School
Occupation  Freelance graphic designer, photographer, travel writer, and YouTuber
YouTube channel‘Martijn Doolaard’
Years active on YouTube2015-present
Net worth  Undisclosed
Books‘One Year on a Bike: From Amsterdam to Singapore,’ and ‘Two Years on a Bike: From Vancouver to Patagonia’
Marital StatusUndisclosed
LocationItalian Alps
CabinsA couple of historic stone cabins on top of a hill in the north side of the Alps
Martijn Doolaard information

Education & career-

In 2003, Martijn joined De Eindhovense School to study Graphic Designing and graduated in 2006.

He worked as a designer at various organisations namely, Volle-Kracht Grafisch Ontwerp, Brandnew in Weesp, Design Bridge in Singapore, QNY Creative in New York.

Later, Martijn started working as a freelance designer for various organisations namely, Design Bridge, VBAT and dBOD.

He is also the owner of DAMP Design and is also a musician.

Love for cycling-

As Martijn had always lived in cities working as a designer, he missed being in nature.

Also, he grew tired by watching the computer screens all day long as a part of his work and wanted to take a break from it and his monotonous work and immerse himself in a physical activity.

So, Martijn decided to cycle from Amsterdam to Singapore.

He specifically chose to ride on a bicycle because it was fast enough to take him to his destination as he was confident that he could easily ride 100 kilometres per day and it could also carry all his luggage and connect him with nature.

He also loved the ease of parking a bicycle and its ability to ride on almost all types of roads.

Cycling from Amsterdam to Singapore-

On 16 April 2015, Martijn began his solo cycling journey in Amsterdam, Netherlands and started travelling eastwards.

He rode a Surly Long Haul Trucker bike and it took him a year to reach Singapore and, in this journey, he traversed through 18 countries and travelled more than 17,000 kilometres.

Martijn was fully independent in this journey as he had a tent, a sleeping bag and all the other required things.

During this trip, he camped in very remote places and led a minimalist life.

One Year on a Bike-

Initially, as Martijn was more into videography, he wanted to make a movie about his journey.

But as he had many photos of the journey and as he had also written a daily diary, he compiled them and wrote a book after he finished his journey and returned to Amsterdam.

On 25 March 2017, Martijn published his book ‘One Year on a Bike: From Amsterdam to Singapore’.

Planning for his second adventure-

After finishing his cycling journey, Martijn returned to the monotonous city life.

But a year later, he grew tired of it and once again, decided to do a long cycling journey.

But this time around, Martijn planned to work as a freelancer on his journey and so, decided to take along his laptop and hard disks.

From Vancouver to Patagonia-

Martijn moved to Vancouver, Canada and purchased a new bike, a Surly ECR 29+ and all the other gear required for the trip.

His plan was to travel from Vancouver all the way up to Patagonia in South America.

So, Martijn started bikepacking in June 2017 in Vancouver and he would take breaks in between his travels whenever he had freelance work to do.

As the Surly ECR 29+ bikes are discontinued, in one of his videos, he recommended to choose Surly Ogre bikes as these are very similar to the Surly ECR 29+.

Two Years on a Bike-

On 9 November 2021, Martijn published his second book ‘Two Years on a Bike: From Vancouver to Patagonia’, this book is based on his cycling journey from Vancouver to Patagonia.

This book is available in English, German and French.

Inspiration to live off-the-grid-

On his journey from Vancouver to Patagonia, Martijn travelled through the British Columbia Highway 101 and here, in the Redwood Forest he met an old couple, Kent and his wife.

This couple was living deep in the forest for more than 35 years independently and this inspired him to live off-the-grid.

Also, Martijn used to camp outdoors a lot and this along with his love for nature, inspired him to live off-the-grid.

Settling in the Italian Alps-

Martijn first visited the Italian Alps on his bike and was mesmerised by its beauty and so, he quit travel and bought about six acres of land in the Alps and settled here and started living here full-time.

He purchased two historic stone cabins on top of a hill in the north side of the Alps and is working on them.

Martijn also owns a meadow near the hill, and he also owns an apartment in Amsterdam which he bought at 27.

He loves the silence and being alone in the lap of nature in the Alps.

Martijn relies on a small solar setup for all his electricity needs.

Prior to settling in the Alps, he travelled and lived in a Land Rover vehicle for a while.

An interesting fact- Eva zu Beck, a popular YouTuber, lives in a Land Rover Defender.

YouTube’s the teacher-

Martijn learnt the required skills like carpentry, plumbing, etc. by watching multiple videos on YouTube and applying those teachings in his real-life.

He also learns a lot through the comments under his videos and he also calls up his carpenter brother for clarifications.

Martijn uses the SketchUp program for drawing the houses and learnt using this program by watching YouTube videos.

He also learns by Googling and reading.

YouTube channel-

Martijn started his eponymous YouTube channel on 22 January 2011 but started working consistently on it only from 2021.

On 20 April 2015, he published the first video ‘One night on Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen)’.

As of January 2024, Martijn has 653K subscribers on his YouTube channel and 197K followers on Instagram.

He earns from a variety of sources like advertisements and ‘Super Thanks’ on his YouTube videos, affiliate marketing, selling merchandise and accepts donations on PayPal and Patreon.

He hasn’t revealed his net worth.

Martijn also has a blog ‘EspirituLibre‘ though he stopped working on it in 2018.

He shoots his videos with a Sony α7 III camera and a DJI Air 2S drone.

Martijn used this drone and a Sony α7S II camera for shooting his bike journeys.

Thanks to the popularity of his YouTube channel, it serves him as an accountability partner to work on his property.

Martijn works as a freelance graphic designer and manages his YouTube channel on the side.

Currently, he doesn’t have a Wikipedia page.

Future plan-

Martijn’s future plan after renovating his cabins in the Alps is to do farming, grow vegetables in the garden, have a chicken coop with chicken and have some animals, have a garden, a pond and an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven.

So, how are you inspired by the success story of Martijn Doolaard?

Share with me in the comment section below.

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Nikos Mourtzikos

Monday 23rd of October 2023

Just finished watching all of Martijn’s videos on YouTube. I have found them relaxing and inspiring. His are one of several such YouTube video logs I have been following. My complements to all who muster the determination and discipline to follow through with their projects.


Tuesday 19th of September 2023

Been watching Martijn’s videos for a while now. Really enjoy them! He is living the dream! Thank you for the wonderful story on him.

Naveen Reddy

Tuesday 19th of September 2023

You are welcome, Kelli!


Wednesday 2nd of August 2023

Thank you for your website.. I really enjoy watching Martijn reconstructing the two stone farm buildings. He is such a talented man with so many gifts! Started to watch because like the previous person, I too have a son that can do just about anything on the property he purchased - he even has chickens as well.. So interesting and thanks again.. He pays attention to detail and I really like that!

Naveen Reddy

Wednesday 2nd of August 2023

Thanks, Lorraine, for your positive comment! Happy to know about your son's projects!

Matheus Abrão

Monday 29th of May 2023

I found this website by looking up online about Martijn Doolaard. Martijn, along others like Harriet and Mauro from the "Little Spanish Farmstead" youtube channel, is a real inspiration for me and my wife. We are currently living in Brazil, but hope to move to Germany in the upcoming year to follow our dreams to live a calmer and more "in touch with the nature" kind of life. But mostly, I want to congratulate you, Naveen! This website is amazing! I've found so many interesting articles on people I didn't know before. Keep on the good work!

Naveen Reddy

Tuesday 30th of May 2023

Thanks a lot, Matheus, for your kind words and appreciation; may all your dreams come true! Please check the ‘Outdoorsmen’ tag, it contains many articles on the popular outdoorsmen.


Monday 13th of March 2023

Martijn is my kindred spirit. I live in NYC and bought land in Upstate NY, building an off-grid cabin in the Catskill mountains and yearning for that freedom. His narration is perfect, tone of voice soothing and humble spirit uplifting.

Naveen Reddy

Monday 13th of March 2023

Hi Tommy, thanks for sharing your thoughts!