Our trips: The way we travel vs. the world map
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
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
Spring in Sardinia
Towns visited: Cagliari, S’Archittu, Barumini, Villanova Truschedu, San Giovanni di Sinis, Laconi, Capo Ferrato, San Sperate.
Península Ibérica a Dedo
(Iberian Peninsula by Thumb) 2012
Tribute to Poland – hitchhiking trip 2010
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
kilometres covered in snow: 392 km