Six months, 187 days to be precise, flew by as I flew through the countries cycling, hitchhiking and singing songs with my glass-shattering voice. Most of my trip was spent in the Eastern part of Europe, to countries of which I at first didn’t know the difference or geographical location. Nearing the end of summer, it felt time to return to my home, to see my family and beautiful dogs again. So I got my cardboard, wrote my destination down and made way from the lovely city Melk, which had been my stop for the past weeks. It was the 14th of September, when I surprised my mother as I appeared at her front door after I was given my finale ride. The man felt part of the ending of my trip, I could sense. “Go see your family, kid!”, as he dropped me off in the center. I rang the doorbell, without any response on exception of our small dog tapping the window, thus I waited. The young boy on the back of her bicycle, one of the children my mom takes care of, immediately recognized me, while it took a minute for my mother as she gazed at me with a shocked face. I am back home! A long journey in the past and a grand future that holds many choices for me to come. But for now, I want to sit down and put some of my travelling and the world’s kindness down in numbers.
3 4 people that read my blog and are enthusiastically waiting for me to write another story, after three months of silence, I have bad news. This is not really a post, it is numbers, statistics and some unnecessary stuff that probably interests nobody. But completely serious, look at the red marks and hopefully it will boost your faith in humankind. And if there is anything you would want to know, a question to be answered with honesty, leave a comment down below or contact me – I will make a contact page. Down below will be a short thank you to all the people and a rating on some equipment I used that might help anyone else who is also not experience and would like to know what easy and cheap material is actually useable.
The Statistics of my Travel:
Days cycling: 53
Days hitchhiking: 48
Countries crossed: 13
Distance Travelled: 12,252.4 km (7 613,3 miles)
Most distance on one day: 725 km
Average per day spent travelling: 121.3 km
Distance Bicycle: 2750 km
Average per day spent cycling*: 53 km
Distance hitchhiked: 9250 km
Most distance with one ride: 559 km
Average per ride: 68km
Amount of rides: 136
Rides offered: 11
Time spent waiting: 69H42M
Longest wait: 9H (I know…)
Average time spent waiting per ride: 31 Min
Average time spent waiting per ride, without the two big ones: 23Min
Spent in a tent: 66x
Invited inside: 20x
Average amount of attempts per try finding such a place to sleep: 3
Been offered accommodation: 18x
In paid accommodation: 9x
Money spent on a roof: €76,75
CouchSurfing: Prague and Kiev
Bus: 10x (didn’t always have to pay :D)
Money spent in 100 days**: €569.28
Money spent on food: €228.02
Extra money spent ( Classical concert, castle visit, night out, equipment, hostel): €341.26
Average per day: €5,69
Worked for my food: 4 weeks in Austria, 3 days in Lithuania and earned money by collecting cans along the road in Germany 😛
Been offered food: 65x
Started bonfire: 15x
Had a rainy day: 35x (18.7%)
Highest speed with bicycle: 55km/h
Best hitchhiking spot(s): Small roads will get you rides quick. Rest stops in Germany will get you rides quick and far.
Worst hitchhiking spot(s): Bialystok and from Kiev-Odessa
Country of Hospitality: Poland
Place of non-hospitality: Bielefeld
This trip has been one like no other I have made yet. Time spent among the local people, whose hospitality left me in awe, is time I am grateful for. Strangers fed me, conversed with me, cared for me and made this a journey I will never forget. A huge thanks to everyone, making me see the good side of the world.
Rating my equipment
The tent ***
My cheap, 2-seconds easy quechua tent has saved me many nights, being easy to set up. In the mornings, you can have it ready to go within minutes, giving you extra time to warm up some soup (hopefully gravity won’t be such a problem for you as it was for me). Having said the obvious, I will continue to praise the tent, as it is not only easy and cheap, but tough and fierce too. Surviving storms, heavy rain and strong wind. Not even used the pegs once. After 101 days of taking it with me and 66 times of putting it up, it has only been damaged slightly. The link is a two person tent, however I had a single person, which seems to be a tent from Harry Potter, whereas it barely takes in any space when put on the ground, but inside you have plenty of room. The con: It is big and wide in a round shape. Not the easiest thing to carry with you.
Conclusion: Cheap and easy, but a quality product. If money is no issue, I would invest in a better one, that doesn’t take that much space.
The backpack ***
My backpack was cheap and simple, but efficient. It got the work done. I quickly learned however, that little costs, came with less quality. A few parts would break down or tear. Nonetheless, I still recommend this backpack. It has a decent amount of room and in the bottom you can find rain protection.
Conclusion: The backpack for the low-budget beginner.
* This includes days only cycled in the same city or to a sightseeing on a rest day. With a real bike meant for such trips, 80-100 kilometres per day is more realistic.
** After the 100th day, I kinda lost track of how much I was spending. Sadly… I hope however, that this might be of any help.
***Any given advice and or opinions is only meant to either describe my trip or to help people have a great travelling experience