Why Long-term travel?
Because it’s a life. Too boring to stay in the same place.
How did you come up with the idea for this trip?
Because I couldn’t decide which country I wanted to travel to so I chose them all. I grew up traveling around the US, and now I’m done with the US and want to see the rest of the world.
How did you prepare for it? Where did you go for tips or ideas?
Read other blogs and talked to other travelers for advice.
Given what you know now, what would you have done differently?
Not really. Might have taken the first year a bit slower, but I’m happy with what I did. From now on I will be slowing down and making more money while I travel.
How did you financially prepare for the trip? If you make a living while you travel, how do you do it?
I didn’t. I had almost nothing to start with and when I ran out I started using credit cards. Next month I plan to start making money again to pay them off.
Please tell us the 3 most amazing stories, from the trip, which you have shared the most after?
Jumping into the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye, driving 1800 km in two days on a motorbike through rain and snow, and spending an afternoon in a Finnish Prison.
Please share your 3 favourite places from this trip and why?
Edinburgh because it’s the perfect city. A little expensive, but great people, wonderful food, gorgeous nature and my type of climate. Also centrally located on the planet, but not a big city. Old, rustic and fun. Isle of Skye because it’s my island. Also beautiful but in a surreal way. So many wonderful spots on the island to explore. Plitvice Lakes in Croatia because they are the most beautiful National Park I’ve ever been to. And Helsinki was a close second as a best city.
What was the most profound/meaningful moment of your trip?
Hard to say on that one.
What was the biggest challenge you faced?
I’d say when my phone fell in water in London and not only did I not have internet to contact my couchsurfing host or find my way around the city, but I also had to replace it and I had just run out of money.
Which safety tips would you say are essential?
Honestly I would say be certain about yourself. The unsavoury type smells your fear and hesitation and are attracted to it. Be confident, but also smart. I wouldn’t go through a dark alley of Istanbul in the middle of the night, but I had no problem going through Hyde Park in the middle of the night.
What was it like to return home and reintegrate? What are your main advices?
Don’t know. Haven’t done it yet. And couldn’t if I wanted to, as Earth is my home. There isn’t any other home for me to return to, unless you count the one that isn’t on earth.
What do you think has changed the most about you during this experience? How and when did you notice?
Much more carefree, and less pure. Before I started traveling I hadn’t really experienced life. I still have a lot to experience, but this year has certainly been an adventure.
What is your favourite travel quote?
“Life is a book and those who don’t travel have only read one page”.
What inspired you for this journey (Like movies, Books, People or something else entirely…)?
Pictures of beautiful places around the world, meeting people from different countries and wanting to try all types of different food.
What are the 3 most important pieces of advice you would give to someone considering independent travelling for a longer period?
A: Do it! B: Do it! C: Do it! In other words,
A: don’t think of all the reasons why you shouldn’t or can’t, just go.
B: Read travel blog to help you plan and have a general idea what you want to do, but don’t waste your time planning too much. Live in the now and live life to the fullest.
C: Just do it!