We have both been living on the road for several years, loving the unusual, inspiring, unconventional nomadic lifestyle. When we met each other during the grape season in France in September 2014, we shared the same dream – going on a unique adventure across the world. We want to travel off the beaten path, explore known and unknown destinations and connect with people all over the world, experience how they live and what they can teach us.
It doesn’t matter where you’re from, what you do and how old you are, we are all connected!
Our planet has evolved into a world where everything is becoming ‘quick and easy’. We can barely imagine a place where there is no technology to make our daily lives more comfortable, no internet where we connect with what is outside our homes, no airplanes that take us to the other side of the world in less than a day. We want to see the real world, connect with real people, learn what books can’t teach us and feel the true size of the planet we live on. We want to do the things that scare us the most and the things that we’ve dreamed of since we were little. Isn’t this the reason we are here? To follow our heart, to feel fully alive and to make the impossible possible?
It might sound cliché but it is so important to follow our dreams and be passionate about what we do. When we feel good, the people around us will feel good and everything we do will feel good. There will always be times where things seem hard and impossible, where the day doesn’t go the way we want it. That is life. It is like a roller coaster going up and down but the most important part is that we enjoy the ride. There aren’t really problems, only situations and challenges that invite us to grow and to become a better and stronger person. We shouldn’t worry too much about what will happen tomorrow but live spontaneously in the now and appreciate what we have in this moment.
We want to experience how it is to travel around the whole globe without flying and see if there are still places left unexplored. Can we go on expeditions like the explorers did hundreds of years ago? The best way to find out is to do it and mainly by hitchhiking. We both hitchhiked before and really liked it. It’s an adventurous way of traveling and it allows us to meet interesting people from all over the world. The tent is our new home so we sleep under the stars or stay with local people to see through their eyes how they live on a daily basis.
To prepare for this journey we spent eleven months in Ireland where we first lived in a small caravan and later in a tree house in the middle of the Irish woods without electricity. It was a great experience to see if we could constantly be in each other’s space without wanting to kill the other. It was also a great preparation to live back to basics without electricity or running water.
We worked hard to fund our trip. Cynthia worked in a hotel and Niko was landscaping and working in construction. We are aware that this money won’t take us around the whole world but traveling on a tight budget without having a monthly secured income is a conscious choice we made. We work hard whenever and wherever we can (see how we earn money while traveling) to support ourselves. We are creative and are finding ways on how to survive with very little money. It forces us to step out of our comfort zone.
We hit the road in the fall of 2015 and we just finished the first part of our journey: we started hitchhiking in Ireland and traveled 5500 km across Europe to Turkey. We crossed the Irish and Aegean sea by boat, traveled through 8 different countries and already made tons of new friends. Now we’re about to discover the beautiful historical places and rich culture of Turkey and travel off the beaten trail in Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan China,… towards India and the rest of the world. We take our route step by step. We are not in a hurry and it is hard to plan a world trip like this ahead of time. Only when we finish one chapter, we start with planning the next one. We also have to be flexible and see along the way how the journey develops itself. A lot depends on visas and finding boats. But if plan A doesn’t work, there are still 25 more letters in the alphabet!
We share our stories on the website and publish regularly a video on our You Tube channel. We want to document the known and unknown places we discover, the lives of the people we meet, the lessons we learn and the experience of an everyday life on the road by sharing articles, photos and videos.