MEET MARLO & KRISTOF
Travelling, writing and photography are three of our greatest passions. So one gloomy winter's day in Belgium, back in 2017, we decided to focus more on doing what we love and share our passions with the world.
Since then, we’ve explored over 20 countries together, hiked the Swiss Alps, watched the sun set over the moonlike landscape of the Atacama Desert in Chile, discovered hidden waterfalls in Laotian jungle, delved into ancient history at Angkor Wat in Cambodia and safaried the South-African bush.
darling, don't be like everybody else
Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.
– Lovelle Drachman
My name is Marlo, but all my friends call me Lo or Lotti. And since we’re gonna be friends, you can call me that right off the bat ;-). Not gonna lie, I'm freakishly introvert so I love hiding behind my laptop and answering all your travel questions.
I'm a huge lover of cheesy foods and regularly need a Belgian chocolate fix (yes that's right, no other chocolate will do!). I'm based out of Tienen, Belgium, where I live with my wonderful husband Kristof. I’d rather be frolicking around in a meadow than a shopping mall, I frequently snort when I laugh, I speak five languages and I'm a romcom bingewatching couch potato .
MY FAVORITE THINGS:
GAZING AT THE STARS
DINNER FOR BREAKFAST
SINGING IN THE SHOWER
ATC CONVERSATIONS ON YOUTUBE :-)
So yes, I’m Kristof. Always in a for a laugh and a (silly) joke. My favourite pastime? Next to traveling and discovering new places that is of course. Tricking Marlo by telling her a made up story. I love it so much when she believes me, albeit most of the times only for a few seconds. That look on her face when she finds out she just got fooled. Priceless!
Next to that I really get excited when I can go out and do some sports. Running and soccer my all-time favourites. When I’m sitting down in the evening, reading a book about behavioural economics or innovation really rings my bell. Relaxing and mind-provoking at the same time, what more can one desire. And when I’m really really tired you ask? Netflix and chill, oh yeah!
MY FAVORITE THINGS:
A STEAMING CUP BLACK COFFEE
SPORTS ON TV
Frequently Asked Questions
How did you pick the name for your blog?
Along Came An Elephant refers to one of our very first travel experiences as a couple! During our trip in South Africa, for whatever reason, every time we paused or slowed down in one of the national parks, we managed to stop right next to a colossal elephant. In total this happened three times and thus became a running joke every time we recalled some travel memories. Our stories and anecdotes always began with "well... along came an elephant and...". Along Came An Elephant was born!
Do you travel full-time or are you based somewhere?
We're based in a small city called Tienen in our home country Belgium. Besides the fact that we both work full-time jobs, we also realized we wouldn't be able to live out of a suitcase for long periods of time. We love to be able to come back to our own space, close to family and friends.
Is blogging your full-time job?
No! When we're home in Belgium we work full time on top of our blogging careers.
We both wear so many hats, sometimes it is difficult to identify ourselves. Marlo is an experienced Program Manager who specializes in transversal change and Kristof is a Strategy and Innovation Manager.
How do you afford to travel so much?
No secret tactics or magical solutions here. We do not travel full-time. A lot of times we're just at home, working hard to earn enough money for our next adventures.
This means we mostly have incredibly long workdays in order to combine our day jobs with blogging. We also have a minimalist life style: small house, one small car, we have no children,...
How do you make money from blogging?
We make money from affiliate links on our blog. Sometimes you'll see us disclose these link in our blogpost, this means we make a small commission if you click and/or purchase something through these links.
We also work with brands we love and believe in, who sponsor certain articles. Our blog is a passion project, which is why we are very selective in the brands we work with.
What camera gear and editing software do you use?
While good equipment undoubtedly adds to the quality of a photo, it's mostly the creativity and dedication of the photographer that makes for great content . Marlo is the key photographer and she uses a Canon 80D, 70-200mm telelens, 50mm portrait lens and a 24mm-105mm standard zoomlens. Kristof operates the DJI Drone Mavic Air for our aerial shots. To edit our photos we use Adobe Lightroom, the perfect tool to lift your photos up to the next level!