Learn more about my journey to Dubai by train

A new sustainable adventure

In January 2022, I travelled by train to Dubai because I had been invited to give a presentation at the Expo 2020. It didn't make sense for me to fly to Dubai to speak about a trip I had made to promote sustainable mobility. Since my 'Blue Bandit' had become a museum piece, the only logical way to get to the Emirates was to take the train.

When I got this idea, I didn't even know if this was possible at all. But the idea inspired me enormously: what will I see? What people will I meet? What will it be like to spend hours, even days, on a train? I discovered that planning an intercontinental train journey is not easy, I had to use different websites and blogs to map out my route and finally, I discovered that you can get all the way from Amsterdam to the Persian Gulf by train and from there you can take a ferry to Dubai.

Travelling by train changes your life

It wouldn't be an adventure if things didn't go wrong, at one point I couldn't continue the journey as planned and had to improvise with an alternative plan. This 'Plan B' turned out to be better than Plan A. In the end, six trains, six buses and one inevitable flight brought me via Europe, Turkey, Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates.
In this presentation, I will talk about how to plan a sustainable adventure, how to reach goals that seem impossible, how I dealt with challenges, funny, interesting and life-changing encounters with locals and how this overland journey helped me to reduce my emissions.

The message of this presentation is: "Travelling by plane changes your day, travelling by train changes your life."

Presentation info

Goal: inspire, motivate, inform, stimulate thinking.
Duration: 20 minutes or longer in combination with Inspiration Session.
Audience: Wiebe adjusts his presentation to the level of his audience. From management teams & board to employees.
Visual material: breathtaking photos, interactive routes and film footage of his adventure.
Online and webinars: Wiebe has his own studio for online presentations with impact.

Sustainable adventurer Wiebe Wakker in the Netherlands PavilionSustainable adventurer Wiebe Wakker in the Netherlands Pavilion

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Rosie Cotter
Sustainability Manager / DB Breweries - HEINEKEN NZ

DB Breweries/HEINEKEN was lucky to host Wiebe on the last leg of his around-the-world trip in New Zealand. Wiebe’s authentic, easy going style presentation style was well-received by our staff and his talk was both entertaining and informative. Our staff came away more informed about EVs and inspired to live a little more sustainably in their own lives.

Huub Peeperkorn
APAC Insights Lead / LinkedIn

Wiebe is an inspiring and enthusiastic speaker! The very same week he concluded his world tour in an electric vehicle, he took the time to come into the LinkedIn Sydney office to tell his story. He inspired many of my colleagues on the possibilities of EVs! I would highly recommend Wiebe as a public speaker.

Wendy van de Geijn

Visitors to Ecomobiel were very enthusiastic about Wiebe's presentation. Wiebe's journey is unique and so is his story. Wiebe inspires, makes people think and provides a comic note. After you have heard his story, you know that you can achieve your goals, even if they seem totally unattainable.

Marc Vermeer
Technical Manager / Rijkswaterstaat

What a beautiful story and presentation! Wiebe told us how he travelled through 34 countries with an electric car and without financial means. His journey was not an easy one, one with many obstacles and challenges. In an energetic and funny way he told his story. Especially his message about sustainability came across strongly, a theme we work on every day within our organisation. Wiebe met a lot of people and was able to share the purpose of his journey with the people met, which inspired and convinced a lot of people to start thinking more about sustainability. He also inspired our team. I would highly recommend him as a speaker!

Arianne Westerveel

On 24 October we organised a so-called pressure cooker session. With the business community, young people, government and education, to come up with smart solutions about the changes in education and the labour market in relation to the energy transition. In order to show how fast the world is changing and what is possible, we needed inspiration. We asked Wiebe for that. And this turned out to be great; the success of the day, for young and old. Afterwards, everyone wanted a photo with Wiebe and signature. Wiebe, your story inspires!

Richard Hovinga
Senior policy advisor sustainable mobility / Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

We really enjoyed Wiebe's stories about his bizarre trip to Australia in an electric car. It was very inspiring to hear him talk about the more than 95,000 kilometres and 33 countries of the longest journey ever in an electric car. With his down-to-earth humorous comments on the visual spectacle, Wiebe knows how to captivate to the end. You get the urge to travel and it helps almost therapeutically against "range anxiety" ?

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