Our story

10 nationalities and counting, unknown kilometers covered between us and enough crazy travel tales to keep us entertained for years of Friday night beers yet to come… Introducing the Polarsteps dream team.

Other very important facts and figures

10

The number of times we have teleported colleagues around the world

47

Grammy-worthy karaoke performances

7000

KM travelled with the Polarsteps jeep (so far)

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Our team

CEO

Koen Droste

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Enjoys backpacking, road trips, and going wherever the next sunset takes him. From experience knows that “not all who wander are lost” but if they’re traveling around Mexico in a vintage VW they may spend a lot of time broken down...

Head of Design

Job Harmsen

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Lover of food, dogs, and user interfaces as clear as the water he dives in. Has taken his trusty backpack through South America on multiple adventures, bringing back a taste for empanadas (and a few bottles of his favorite Colombian booze, Aguardiente).

People & Operations Manager

Sascha Vloet

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Got bitten by the travel bug (but thankfully no spiders) while in Australia and has been in search of the best places to hike, eat and drink ever since. Doesn’t do rice, which can be a slight problem when in Asia...

Editor-in-chief

Sara van Geloven

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Loves searching the corners of the globe for inspiring travel stories, with curiosity leading her into wondrous (and sometimes strange) situations – from sailing the high seas to climbing frozen waterfalls and even trying out a Hobbit-hole for size.

Travel Editor

Claire Bissell

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From wild camping on the beaches of South Korea to cycling around Denmark in the rain, she’s happiest in the great outdoors. Travel philosophy is to go with the flow, but with a toddler now along for the ride she’s had to become a little more organized.

Interim iOS Developer

Javi Lorbada

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Spanish adventurer with killer mobile development skills and a passion for traveling the world — the best moments of which he captures on his trusty camera (with pretty spectacular results). Once woke up to (and managed to photograph) an erupting volcano!

Travel Editor

Nicky Evans

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A passion for food and drink means she’s happiest holding a cocktail or a menu (preferably abroad). Speaks four languages and loves using them to connect with people – especially via the medium of karaoke. Next travel to-dos: Argentina, India and Tel Aviv.

CTO

Maximiliano Neustadt

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Argentinian driven by wanderlust to live in the Netherlands – exploring the world on the way. Once had a roaring lion as his alarm clock when sleeping in a tent on the Serengeti. Backpacker at heart but now a flashpacker by obligation (having two small kids).

Frontend Web Developer

Paco Gómez Granados

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Traveling musician with a passion for code and cooking. Invented an instrument called “The Pacophone” in his spare time. Next move: taking his traveling band (consisting of him, his girlfriend, and their baby) to the rugged shores of Iceland.

Community & Support Specialist

Rosalie Struijkenkamp

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Addicted to Asian food with a particular passion for Pho Ga. Mom to 2 cats, living in Amsterdam. Loves planning new travels and itineraries for herself, friends & family (whether they ask or not). Coming up next: Central America!

Copywriter

Lottie Coltman

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Runaway Brit, refusing to let Brexit hold her back. Travels solo, specializing in adventures of the chaotic and haphazard variety. Ran out of money 3 months into a 1-year trip. Expect stories as wild as her hair!

Travel Editor

Matthew Bainbridge

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Suggestible Geordie native, new to Amsterdam by way of Montréal, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. Artist, word-tinkerer, and ramen-enthusiast, struggling to pronounce anything correctly through a bizarre mix of collected accents. Easily distracted by anything shiny.

Interim Backend Developer

Hugo Arregui

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Coding whizz hailing from Argentina — often found with his nose in a book or attempting to master the game of chess. Now adding another string to his bow by learning archery. Favorite trip memory? Gaining a loyal pack of dogs during a hike!

Creative Director

Niek Bokkers

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Loves the freedom of the open road and the even-more-open ocean – find him riding old (and often unreliable) bikes to lesser-traveled spots or paddling his way around the Dutch waterways.

Android Developer

Florian Grashäftl

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Born in a small town in the Austrian Alps, giving him a head for altitude that he intends to push to the limit with his future travels! Balances the time spent inside sharpening his coding skills with a love for the outdoors.

Community & Support Specialist

Steffany Hernandez

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From Colombia to Amsterdam (via Aruba). A dog mom of two rescues who is always on the lookout for the best places to take her pack! Loves to recreate dishes from places she's been, with Bibimbap holding a special place in her heart (and kitchen).

Product Manager

Willem Vooijs

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Likes to build and fix all kinds of weird and wonderful vehicles to travel in (or on) – conquests so far include a DIY electric skateboard and an oldtimer motorcycle. Ultimate travel destination: space

Product Designer

Yannis Abelas

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Born near the Greek sea, it was always his destiny to love warm weather, good food, and stunning sunsets (but has chosen to live in The Netherlands anyway!). Now spends his time daydreaming about building a van and surfing around the world.

iOS Developer

Sergey Petrachkov

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Musician and devoted iOS developer. Used to be an explorer of the wilderness back in Siberia, now focused on visiting European cities and getting to know the locals' vibe. Once had to dig himself, his tent and his car to safety on a flooded camping trip!

© Polarsteps 2021

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