I am a publisher.
I have studied journalism in The Netherlands as have always been into publishing. As a 12-year-old I published my own magazine, in high school I hijacked the school newspaper and as a student I started a student magazine with fellow students. After publishing event guides in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I launched the international literary magazine The Quiet Reader earlier in 2020.
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.
The British Sunday Times named me Internet Personality of the Year in 2002. My adventures, hanging around with Steve Irwin, partying with Geri Halliwell and getting stuck in the cold Canadian north, all ended up in the Dutch book with the same name.
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. One of the unknown authors became the winner of the Dutch annual Libris Literature Award in 2020. Lately I write a lot of short story fiction and travel writing.
I am an entrepreneur.
In Cambodia I ran an uber-comfy art house movie theater, where I have been residing happily from September 2010 to August 2021. In August 2021 I moved to the beautiful country of Georgia.
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.
I am a social person
“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