Our trips

Our trips: The way we travel vs. the world map

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One of our favourite travel quotes is that “it’s not the destination but the journey that matters”. We couldn’t agree more! Of course, it’s nice to visit all those world-famous monuments and UNESCO World Heritage Sites and, being photography, architecture and history buffs as we are, on our trips we do visit them as much as we can, but the beauty of hitch-hiking is in getting to places no guidebooks have heard off, speaking to locals and facing the road.

We are not people who like to tick off destinations from their bucket lists. We like to experience the place by lingering there a little, trying local cuisine, attempting to learn a few words in the local language, getting to know its history and culture. In the ideal world, we’d like to travel as slowly as possible and learn as much as we can about the places we visit.

However, it’s also nice to look at the vast map of the world and realise that although we have been backpackers for 9 and hitch-hikers for 5 years, we haven’t even seen 1/4 of all the countries on the planet! It’s nice to know that there is still so much to discover and see. And in our current rate of visiting, we will have seen 75% of the countries in the world by the time we are 99 years old! :-)

Our previous trips

2013

Our trips


Balkan Peninsula by Thumb 2013

Countries we visited: 12 (Italy, Vatican, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Hungary, Austria)
Kilometers covered by land: 4845 km
Days in total: 58
Hours hitch-hiking: 122,5h
Number of drivers: 98

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2012

Our Trips
Spring in Sardinia
Towns visited: Cagliari, S’Archittu, Barumini, Villanova Truschedu, San Giovanni di Sinis, Laconi, Capo Ferrato, San Sperate.
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Our Trips


Península Ibérica
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(Iberian Peninsula by Thumb) 2012

Countries visited: 2 (Spain, Portugal)
Kilometers covered: 4990 km
Days in total: 56
Number of drivers: 110 (from 20 different countries!)

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2011

Our Trips
The CaucasusTurkeyGreece by Thumb 2011

Countries visited: 5 (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Greece)
Kilometers covered by land: 8510 km
Days on the road: 76

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2010

Our Trips
Tribute to Poland – hitchhiking trip 2010

Towns visited: Zakopane, Wrocław, Poznań, Toruń, Malbork, Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot.
Kilometres covered: 886km
Days on the road: 21

 

 

 

2009

Our Trips
South-East Asia by Thumb 2009

Countries visited: 5 (Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam)
Kilometers covered by land: 9003 km
Days on the road: 72

 

 

 

 

Our Trips
New Year’s Eve in Prague – hitchhiking trip

kilometres covered in snow: 392 km

 

 

 

 

2008

Our Trips
Berlin & Potsdam backpacking trip

 

 

 

 

Other trips

Ania’s trips

Jon’s trips

2008
Erasmus in France – trips around the country
2007
Solo backpacking trip to Budapest
Solo backpacking trip to Paris
Western Balkans
solo backpacking trip
2006
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Solo backpacking trip to Japan
Solo backpacking trip to Ukraine
2005
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Living in England – trips around the country
 Motorbike Nordkapp trip – Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania – 7500 km on a pillion
2004
Norway Solo backpacking trip
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2007

Backpacking trip to Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Istanbul

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