About Ramon Stoppelenburg

I am a traveler.

I have traveled the world since I was very, very young.

But I became the world’s first digital nomad with Letmestayforaday.com, my very own social network that enabled me to travel the world for free for two years thanks to people who invited me over to stay for free.

That was from 2001 to 2003, before Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram even existed! Some people called me The Godfather of Couchsurfing, which started long after my travels.

I am a writer.

My travel writing has been published in the book Letmestayforday, which sold over 10,000 copies in The Netherlands and Belgium, and next to that I compiled an anthology of short literary fiction stories by Dutch authors. Lately I write a lot of short story fiction.

I am an entrepreneur.

At the moment my core activities involve managing a little comfy art house movie theater in Cambodia, where I have been residing happily since September 2010.

Next to this I also work remotely on running the tour company of Expedition Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and help out with social media support of little local companies and churn out vegan cheeses on request.

I give rare presences of myself doing standup comedy on a stage, do creative ghost writing on several blogs on a very wide range of targets, while being an weightlifting athlete, a healthy food lover and traveler whenever possible.

When I travel I keep up with my digital nomadic life style on Somebodyhadtodoit.com. Because somebody had to do it.


Vanity Fair

“Cyber-Begging Bags Man a World Wide Bed”
ABC News

“Hitching a World-Wide-Ride on Web”

“Web personality of the year 2001: this year’s web eccentric is not some unfortunate and unwitting nutter, but a personable 24-year-old Dutch media student”
The Sunday Times, United Kingdom

“He has become a mascot for living the impossible dream, laughing in the face of caution and conformity, embodying the spirit of reckless adventure that most people year for… when the geyser’s fixed and the kids are older and the mortgage is paid”
The Dispatch, South Africa

“Ramon Stoppelenburg has become one of the first true internet celebrities”
Evening Herald, Ireland

“Bloomin scroungers, all of em! Go get yourself a proper job and be miserable and parochial like the rest of us!”
The Register.co.uk, UK

“These are classic travel stories from a modern time”
– globetrotter and travel writer Mike Pugh, Worldhum.com

“It’s the flying Dutchman!”
The Citizen, South Africa

“One guy from Chicago said he could stay as long as his wife didn’t object. And if she did, hell, he’d pay for a hotel.”
Wired.com, USA

“Have website, will travel”
Daily Mirror, UK

“The whole world knows our Ramon Stoppelenburg”
Het Parool, Amsterdam

“Critics would call him a freeloader but fans call him a entrepreneur”
The Courier Mail, Australia