Hello! Hallo! Bonjour!
We are Cynthia and Niko, "professional" hitchhikers from Belgium and Canada, who love to Rock&Roam around the world. We are currently on an extraordinary hitchhiking adventure, traveling from Ireland to Alaska, across six continents and without taking any airplanes. We travel over land by hitching rides and over water by hitching (or paying if no other choice) boats.
Before we started this world journey (and website) we both had already been traveling for years, each in our own corner of the world. We met in September 2014 between the grape vines in France - yes, very romantic! - while we were picking grapes. It wasn't love at first sight but within one hour we decided to travel together. Before you think that we must be crazy to embark on a journey like this with a complete stranger, you have to know that we already kind of knew each other before. We love telling people how we met because it's a very interesting story, you can read it in Ask and it is given - an uncommon love story.
WHO IS CYNTHIA?
I'm a 32 years old and I'm Flemish - no, I'm not from Flemland (like some people asked ?!?) but I was born in a small town near the coast in Belgium - an eeny tiny country surrounded by the Netherlands, Germany and France. I've been traveling full-time since 2011 and I'm a writer, photographer, teacher, nature and chocolate lover (I'm from Belgium, what did you expect?).
I feel more at home in a tent than in a real house (unless there's a fridge with chocolate). As a child I loved pitching a little tent in my own backyard where I would read endless piles of books and comics. My favorite place is somewhere in the wild, sitting next to a river or under a tree where I will read, draw or write stories. My favorite smell is that of a campfire, seasoned with the scent of roasting meat, fish and a few fried bananas.
Before I started traveling, I worked as an art and special needs teacher in Belgium. My feet have always been itchy and after some short travels to Malaysia, Senegal, Brazil and Egypt, I decided on my 25th birthday to turn my life upside down, give up all my belongings and dive head first into the unknown. I lived in a van on the beaches of Australia, worked on an isolated sheep farm in the mountains of New Zealand, wandered through Bali and Malaysia, lived in a tree house in Ireland and explored off-the-beaten-path places in various European countries. Aside from enjoying and appreciating the natural beauty of this planet, I also have a fascination for the many cultures, traditions and stories of the people around the world.
WHO IS NIKO?
I'm 27 and was born in Quebec, that little French-speaking province on the East Coast of Canada. I've been traveling full-time for the last 10 years. I'm a filmmaker, language teacher, street performer and I never go anywhere without at least one language learning book in my bag.
I have quite an unconventional background. I grew up in the wild forests of Quebec, in a house without electricity or running water. My father had a wilderness survival school and I was taught how to live with the elements of nature. I've always had a big thirst for knowledge and pushing the envelope of human experiences. I hitchhiked to Alaska when I was 17 and have traveled in that fashion ever since. I traveled to many Latin American countries such as Guatemala and Peru and lived during three years in Mexico. I was part of a street performing circus in Mexico, earned money as a street magician, hopped a train in Canada, sailed in the sea of Cortes, worked as a board assistant in an orphanage in Guatemala and managed a restaurant in Morocco. I'm living my dreams while exploring this big beautiful world and learning as many languages as possible. In case you want to know, I speak French, English, Spanish, Arabic (Derija), Italian, Turkish, Portuguese and I'm now learning Russian and Chinese. Speaking all those languages has definitely opened a lot of doors during my travels! I can only recommend to people to learn at least one foreign language!
What is our TRAVEL PHILOSOPHY?
Always try to leave a place in a better condition than it was when you got there.
Why HITCHHIKING and not TAKING A BUS/TRAIN/PLANE
like NORMAL PEOPLE do?
We both hitchhiked before and 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. Even though we never know who we'll meet or where we'll end up at the end of the day, we love it! 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. Read more about this journey in Why we want to hitchhike and sail across the whole world.
If you like what we do and you want to join us on this hitchhiking trip 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!
We hope to hear from you and who knows, we might meet on the road!
Cynthia & Niko
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