We have been chatting with mates the opposite evening, once they requested: “The place did you spend your 27th birthday?”. We considered it, considered it some extra, and after some time, we arrived on the reply.
They then requested if we’d been to India, which we’ve, a number of occasions. We informed our story of how we spent virtually a month in an Ashram doing yoga, meditation and mantra chanting from 5:00am to 7:00pm — one thing we hadn’t considered in a very very long time.
The issues we’ve skilled over the previous 10 years have develop into part of us and so they’ve formed us into who we’re immediately. However extremely, we frequently neglect about these wonderful moments on the street.
We determined to make this round-up submit (and video) of the highlights from international locations we’ve visited (to date), and the issues we’ve realized about ourselves, and the world. Wanting again on our movies from the sooner days was hilarious — wow, we have been so younger, and awkward on digicam…and our vogue was severely missing!
It was lots of enjoyable reminiscing whereas watching these outdated clips, and seeing our development from younger, finances backpackers into the (considerably) wiser, older, “journey how we wish” explorers we’re immediately.
Eight Months Of Planning, and Our Backpacking Journey Started
With our newly bought backpacks, climbing boots and journey equipment in tow, us 24 yr olds have been prepared to begin our first journey, to Southeast Asia and the Subcontinent.
The stress and emotional rollercoaster of the previous eight months main as much as the journey (promoting our apartment and possessions, quitting our jobs, and saying goodbye to family and friends) appeared to right away raise as our aircraft took off in the direction of Bangkok.
Instead of that stress was a way of journey. We felt like explorers discovering someplace new (as if we have been the primary folks to go to Bangkok!), and a whole sense of freedom washed over us.
There’s nothing like the primary time once you resolve to give up your job to expertise long-term journey. We could neglect sure occasions, and our timeline of journey could also be a bit blurry, however we’ll always remember that feeling.
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What We’ve Discovered On The Street
That first yr overseas was eye-opening and life-altering. Experiencing 100% freedom from work, routine, society, and social norms again house, is one thing that I hope everybody will get to really feel sooner or later of their lives.
Our minds have been expanded, and borders blurred and our hearts opened. Studying about different cultures, the religions they consider in, and the way they spend their day-to-day lives is how the world turns into a extra related place. Free from biases and ignorance, and stuffed with acceptance and love.
From our experiences overseas, we’ve come to study that the media doesn’t painting international locations in the identical gentle that we see them in. The detrimental, fear-mongering tales on TV, and on social media, isn’t consultant of the locations we’ve been — or whether it is, it might be simply in a single metropolis, one neighbourhood, one small island, however not the complete nation or area.
We’ve additionally realized that people all need the identical issues from life, irrespective of the place on the planet they arrive from, their race, or their faith. All of us need a robust group of family and friends, well being for ourselves and our family members, a roof over our heads, meals in our stomachs, and (most of all) to be joyful.
We’re all the identical!
As soon as we lived all of this throughout our first yr overseas, we knew there was no method we may proceed residing solely in Canada. We’d solely seen 10 international locations in Southeast Asia and the subcontinent, however we have been hooked. We would have liked to see extra of the world, study extra truths about our planet, meet extra folks and expertise new cultures.
Highlights From Our Escapades
Considering again on the entire international locations we’ve visited and the reminiscences made, it’s actually onerous to pin-point the prime highlights. A number of the most memorable issues we’ve carried out have been minute, whereas others have been on a grander scale. Listed here are three highlights that come to thoughts.
Spotlight #1: Iranian Finest Associates
Throughout our month in Iran, we met a pair at a waterfall. They urged us to name them once we visited their metropolis of Esfahan so they might present us round. When the time got here for us to journey to Esfahan, we bought in contact. Because it turned out, not solely did they need to present us round, however they wished us to stick with them.
Other than our 10 minute encounter, we have been full strangers. I don’t find out about you, however I don’t assume many individuals in Canada or within the West would meet somebody for only a few minutes, and provide for them to return and keep of their house — we definitely wouldn’t have.
We ended up staying with this couple for every week. We had dinner events with their mates, explored the town, and chatted about life in Iran. We dined on house cooked Iranian meals, met their households, and in return, (with out the right components) we tried to prepare dinner a basic spaghetti bolognese with garlic bread and salad — a meal they hadn’t tried earlier than.
That crossing of cultures and their generosity and hospitality is one thing we’ll always remember, and is a spotlight of our travels.
Spotlight #2: Alone Collectively On The Steppe
Earlier than visiting Iran, we had been in Central Asia and Mongolia. We took the Trans-Mongolian prepare from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar and began our month in Mongolia. Whereas the entire nation was an epic journey in itself, one of many fundamental issues that we’ll always remember is independently trekking in the course of nowhere, via the Mongolian steppe.
We had plotted a route utilizing Google Earth, and packed all the pieces we’d want for eight days of climbing and tenting. For a water supply, we used the river that we have been following, and for meals, we ate lenok fish that Nick caught within the river, and dehydrated packaged meals.
On quite a lot of events we have been invited into gers (yurts) by the native households and nomads alongside the way in which. There we have been, sitting round with a household who have been extremely curious as to why us foreigners have been: a) in the course of nowhere, b) strolling, and c) didn’t have a horse — they thought we have been misplaced.
In fact, all of this was communicated utilizing signal language, our phrase guide and a few photographs we had taken. All whereas *having fun with* a bowl of contemporary fermented mare’s milk, a number of bits of dried mare’s cheese, and a bowl of horse meat.
On two separate events once we have been organising our tent, we had males come over and simply sit there and watch us. They didn’t say a phrase. They rode up on their horses, appeared round, sat and stared, after which took off. One other man along with his two small sons introduced us some firewood — a sizzling commodity once you’re residing on a tree-free steppe.
The silence of being out within the rolling hills, with nothing round however a number of different nomadic households was the expertise of a lifetime.
Spotlight #1: Hitchhiking & Crusing To Forgotten Islands With Associates
Lastly, my third spotlight is from Mozambique. We have been travelling right here for a few month and after only a few days, we met a backpacker from Germany, Henrik. We have been within the seaside city of Tofo, and instantly, we grew to become shut mates.
One evening over dinner, he pulled out a big map of the nation. We studied it, and determined that certainly there needed to be a option to get to the distant Quirimbas Archipelago situated off the northern coast of the nation.
We have been within the south right now, and the journey to get there could be lengthy, and if you recognize something about travelling by land via Africa, it will most positively be tough.
After hitchhiking for three days, and an evening spent in a lodge in the course of nowhere, we arrived within the city of Nampula — we have been getting nearer to the islands.
Yet one more day of hitchhiking behind a jeep, sitting on milk crates and jerrycans, and we might arrive on the “ferry” port, which was simply an space the place some fishing boats crossed from mainland Mozambique to the island of Ibo.
As soon as we arrived on the islands, the previous 5 days of unusual experiences, and uncomfortable transport melted away. We stayed in a small guesthouse, and from there deliberate a three day crusing journey aboard a standard dhow boat with some fishermen.
We have been able to discover the Quirimbas Archipelago!
We sailed off to the islands of Matemo and Rojas, which to today are nonetheless a few of the most pristine, beautiful little gems we’ve ever been to. Sleeping below nothing greater than mosquito nets on the sand, swimming in crystal clear water, and eating on freshly caught fish made the journey to the north definitely worth the (huge) effort.
Nations We’ve Visited and Lived In
Lastly, right here’s an inventory the 65 international locations that we’ve travelled to over the previous 10 years, and in some instances, lived in. Most of the international locations we’ve additionally returned to a number of occasions.
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Right here’s the place we’ve travelled to, sorted by area:
South / Southeast Asia
Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia and Borneo, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Philippines.
China and Hong Kong, Mongolia, Russia, Japan.
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan.
Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran.
Morocco, South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya.
Europe / Western Asia
England, Scotland, Spain, Bulgaria, The Republic of North Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Italy, Malta, Greece, Germany, Georgia, Armenia, Czech Republic.
North and Central America
Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Belize, america.
Grenada, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Cuba, Barbados.
Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Ecuador, Peru.
Recommendation For You
Lengthy-term journey is like having a toddler — financially, there’s by no means going to be the “excellent time” and if you happen to take the leap, your life won’t ever be the identical afterwards.
Quitting your job, promoting your possessions, and taking off into the unknown is a frightening thought. While you’re used to a routine, stability and the “identified”, setting the acquainted apart to expertise one thing outdoors of your consolation zone can appear a bit scary.
However, if you happen to’re feeling a “pull” to modify it up and stay a freer life-style, my recommendation to you is to comply with that feeling. Seeing the world positively isn’t one thing you possibly can simply do on a whim, however with some planning and making ready it is doable and we suggest simply going for it — irrespective of how lengthy it takes you.
For extra info, take a look at our Getting Began posts, and to assist maintain your self when you’re on the street (and that journey bug kicks in!), try our methods to earn a living overseas.
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