8,000 Km Motorbike Trip Across The Balkans [Video + Interview]

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Let me introduce you to Jacob Laukaitis

He’s a digital nomad from Lithuania, and has a passion for travel.  Up until recently though, he had never visited the neighboring Balkan countries in Eastern Europe.

That’s when he thought of the brilliant idea to buy a motorbike, and explore this region of the world on two wheels.  He shaved his head, and embarked on this epic adventure across the balkans completely alone…without a map.  He documented his journey, and created this epic video.

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AMAZING RIGHT!?

I love when people can take their travel videos, and create something amazingly inspiring out of it.  I don’t know about you, but this makes me want to follow in his footsteps, and embark on my own adventure through the Balkans.

I also got the opportunity to send Jacob a few questions, and learn more about his journey.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, and what inspired you to do this project!

I was born and raised in Eastern Europe, Lithuania, but have never been to any of the Balkan states. So since I wanted to spend my last Summer in Europe, I decided it’d be interesting to drive all across them.

  1. I know this is a difficult question, but could you pick 1 or 2 favorite highlights of the trip?  

Difficult to say, but I really enjoyed driving down the coast of Croatia; doing the best mountain passes in Europe – Transfagarasan and Transalpina in Romania; exploring the ancient town of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina; checking out the the UNESCO heritage site Meteora in Greece; and so much more!

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  1. Favorite country visited?  

I thought culture-wise the most interesting ones were Greece, Albania and Romania.

  1. Favorite food ?

I’m a vegetarian, so finding food in the Balkans proved to be very tricky! Because all of their national dishes are non-veg, I didn’t try any of them.

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  1. Since I blog a lot about budget travel, how much money did you have saved up before you left for this trip?  

I’m a digital nomad, meaning I can work from anywhere as long as I have my computer and a Wi-Fi so I never lose my income which allows me to travel all the time (that’s why I went to ~35 countries in the past 2 years). So, briefly, I didn’t have any money saved up! I’m currently trying to help more and more people become digital nomads with my free newsletter.

  1. What did you do for accommodations during your trip?  Did you use mostly use Hostels & Hotels?  Or were you able to find locals to stay with?  

I usually try to get hosted by locals, but this time it was nearly impossible since I didn’t know where I was going to sleep myself and didn’t have the energy to arrange anything. So I’d use hostels and hotels.

7.What did you use to film and edit the video?

I used my GoPro Hero 4 to film it and hired an editor to edit the video, since doing it yourself requires a lot of skill.

  1. Finally, can you tell us what you have in mind for your next epic adventure?  

I’m currently on an 8 month long trip around Asia, where I’ll spend 2 months traveling around Japan, 2 in India (which includes exploring the slums), drive all around Taiwan, spend 3 months traveling around China and more.

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Thanks to Jacob for making such an amazing travel video, and I think I speak for many when I say I can’t wait to see your next completed project!

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Video: High Fives Around The World

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I came across this video today and it’s too good not to share.  The guy’s name is Craig Lewis, and he saved up enough money, quit his job, and traveled the world for a little bit over a year.  He went to 36+ countries in that time, and compiled this compilation video.  I’ve always respected people who figure out cool ways to document their travels.  Well done Craig.  It’s a great video!

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Video: 3 Years of Travel in 3 Minutes (Lessons and Adventures)

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Awhile ago I discovered this awesome company called High On Life.  I found my way over to their youtube channel, and must have watched at least a dozen of their videos.  These guys are truly an inspiration.  What started out as just some friends who started out making youtube videos, has turned into a successful travel, music, video, and clothing company.  Check out their full story here.

3 Years of Travel in 3 Minutes easily one of their most popular videos, and once you watch it — you’ll understand why.

“What does it feel like to be present? To be here in the now and fully experiencing this moment. Free from any weight of the past or any anticipation of the future. Just free. Free to realize that only you can control how you feel. About anything. Free to see things for what they are and free to give your time and energy to what really matters.
Accept the fact that everything that makes up your world is there because you attracted it with your own thoughts. Realize that you can control your thoughts and emotions. There’s no big secret. Just choose to think better feeling thoughts. Listen to your emotions and chose to feel good. You can decide to be in a place of attraction and abundance.
What do you want to do in your life? What makes you tick? What makes you feel awe? Don’t be misled into thinking that you’re supposed to do anything. You are supposed to do only what you chose to do. The world is vast and full of possibilities. Follow your bliss. Get out of your comfort zone. Stop looking for reasons why you can’t and look for reasons why you can.”  [divider]

This is just one of their videos.  If you liked it (which I’m sure you did), then make sure to check out more of their stuff on their youtube channel.

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Eat, Move, Learn: 3 Videos That Will Cause Serious Wanderlust

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STA Travel is one of my favorite airline companies for finding cheap flights for students and people under the age of 26.  In the past couple years, I’ve found a few other resources that I like a little bit more now, but it’s still an amazing company.  I remember seeing these youtube videos awhile ago, and thought I would share them for those who haven’t seen them.  Each of them is only a minute long, and will make you want to pack your bags and MOVE, EAT, and LEARN = WANDERLUST

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“I Hate Thailand”

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I recently saw this posted into one of the travel groups I’m on Facebook.  I started watching out of sheer curiousity, and ended up thinking it was worth sharing.  It starts off with a guy explaining that he thought Thailand was going to be one of the best vacations of his life, but then lost everything (from the Full Moon Party assuming from the body paint), and hated Thailand.  The video then goes through a segment showing how amazing, helpful, and welcoming Thai people can be.   Is it real…?  No.  I recently found out this video was definitely funded by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.    But I think it’s a great video, especially for anyone who has been to Thailand and experienced the inviting culture.  It’s only a 5:21 video, check out “I Hate Thailand!

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The Pickpocket Huntress of Barcelona

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Barcelona is easily one of my favorite cities in the world, but there is one major problem in this beautiful city: pickpockets.  I’ve personally never been pick-pocketed myself, but I know a lot of people who have had this happen to.  Whenever I know people are heading to Barcelona, one of the first things I see is to make sure you watch over your belongings.  It can happen to anyone, and the pickpockets in Barcelona are highly skilled.  If you lose focus for one minute, it can be very easily to be distracted and have something sneakily stolen out of your bag.  The main rule I have when I’m in Barcelona, is basically to be “paranoid” at all times.  That just means when you are in a crowded area, understand that you can be a target!  As long as you are careful, nothing will happen to you!   Read more