Welcome to Journal of Nomads, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World!
We are Cynthia and Niko, a Flemish Belgian and a French Canadian and we're the Nomads of this Journal.
What is this Journal about?
Our goal is to hitchhike from Ireland to Alaska, across 6 continents, for a minimum of 5 years and all of that WITHOUT taking any airplane. We want to show that hitchhiking is not dead, au contraire it's a very adventurous and fun way of traveling and absolutely NOT as dangerous as people might think. We get to see the world through the eyes of the locals and by sharing stories with them, we learn more about the culture and traditions than if we would take a bus or a train.
With this journal we document our stories about the beautiful places we see, the remarkable people we meet, the cultures we discover, the lessons we learn and share our tips and experiences on how to hitchhike and travel on a small budget, how to financially maintain a life of full-time travels and how to travel around the whole world without taking any airplane.
Why this journey?
We both had been traveling around the world for years before meeting each other. Niko left his home at the age of 17 to hitchhike from Canada to Alaska and never stopped traveling ever since. In the following 8 years he hitchhiked from Canada to Guatemala, lived in Mexico and Morocco and hitchhiked around Europe. Cynthia lived a rather 'normal' life until she turned 25, then left her job and home behind to travel. She spent two years in Australia and New Zealand, traveled in Asia and hitchhiked and lived in many European countries.
At some point we were both dreaming of making an overland journey across the world to experience the vastness of this planet, witness how the land and culture change while crossing many borders and learn from the world and its many inhabitants through firsthand experiences instead of watching it in documentaries. The power of our intentions must have been pretty strong because briefly after we had set our own individual goals, we met each other in a very special way in 2014! This was the start of Journal of Nomads!
Our Adventures so far
After we decided we would hitchhike the world together, we traveled to Ireland to work and save money in preparation for our travels. We first lived together in a tiny caravan on the property of friends, whom we helped creating a beautiful retreat center in the midst of the Irish woods. Later we moved to a tree house where we lived for almost two months without electricity and running water. Our time in Ireland wasn't only a financial preparation, we also got a mental, emotional and spiritual boot camp!
We hitched the first ride of this world journey in the autumn of 2015 in Sneem, a small village in Ireland, and so far we hitchhiked roughly 7500 kilometers across 10 countries during the past year and a half. We're now in Georgia where we are taking the time to discover the country and getting ready for the second leg of this journey: hitchhiking through Central Asia.
Here's a compilation of our first year of hitchhiking: the good, the bad and the untold stories!
We travel at our own speed, spending enough time in the countries we visit to get a real feel of the place. Traveling isn't only about the the beautiful places we visit but mostly about immersing ourselves in the cultures and local traditions. This map shows you the route we've hitchhiked so far.
We also want to show you HOW we are traveling the world. We aren't taking any airplanes, instead we travel from country to country by hitchhiking and cross oceans and seas by boats. Every country has its challenges, whether it's about hitchhiking, crossing borders, getting visas or budget traveling. We also share our secrets on how to earn and save money while traveling the world for years in a row. As our journey advances, we aim to write as many articles possible to help you with your own (overland and/or hitchhiking) travels around the world.
Cynthia is a self-taught photographer who likes to combine her photography with written stories. She loves to make visually stunning photo journals of the places we see, the people we meet and the cultural traditions we discover.
Niko loves to document our adventures on camera and regularly makes and shares a video about our hitchhiking adventures through different countries and cultures. Join us in our travels by watching our vlogs from the comfort of your home!
If you like what we do and you want to join us in this hitchhiking adventure across the world, make sure to visit our website regularly and sign up for our newsletter! You can also stalk us on our social media channels and subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
We love connecting with people from all over the world! Are we heading your way and you'd like to teach us more about your country and culture? Are you traveling in the same area as us?
Contact us because we would love to meet you!
Are you interested in working with us? Check out our Work with us page!
We hope you'll join us in our travels, virtually and/or physically! Thank you and keep those thumbs up!
Lots of love and happy travels,
Cynthia and Niko