Ilse is a freelance writer and editor (@WordUp) with a passion for people and their stories and experiencing different cultures and places as she travels. She believes each person's story is powerful and important as stories shape us and have the power to change us. She has lived in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Varese in the lake district of Italy and has ticked off 15 countries, with still a very long bucket list to go. She is a lover of adventure, coffee, wine, and ice cream. If she is not travelling or road tripping, she is probably writing, reading, hiking, testing a new car or surfing. Follow her on Twitter (@ilse_vdberg) and Instagram (@WordUp).