We are two guys from Latvia (Kristaps - 18 and Uldis - 20), that will be going backpacking this summer. We are starting our major journey on 20th of July, when we fly from Riga, Latvia to Cologne, Germany, where our trip will start. We plan to explore Europe first and then save up money for tickets to New Zealand. Also we want to show people that you can travel on budget, so for accommodation we will be using ''Couch surfing'' and for situations when no one will accept us on ''Couch surfing,'' we will be staying in random locations in tents. For transport we will walk and hitch hike, to earn money we will be busking (playing ukulele on the streets). Of course we aren't leaving without any money, we plan to take with us 200EUR each, which will be only used for emergencies.
You might ask us what was our breaking point in our lives?
So by starting with - Kristaps, his breaking point was that when he started to see peoples only motivation - money, thats why he wants to prove every one else, that you actually can escape the so called ''rat race'' with the help of other people like them.
And continuing with - Uldis, his breaking point was when he went on a pilgrimage ''EVA Peace Academy''. By attending this pilgrimage he met people from other countries with one main thought - make peace in world. But what he learned from them was to think out side of the box, that the time is realitive for all of us and that we shouldn't be wasting our time by living our lifes thinking inside the box.
We both are seniors in high school (Kristaps - 18 and Uldis - 20 years old). So we are stepping out of our comfort zone by going to the other side of the world, basically as little money as possible.
How long will we be backpacking?
We don't have a specified time for how long we will be away. It depends for how long we will be staying in Europe, and if everything goes well, then 1,5 years are a minimum.
Which countries will you be visiting?
Detailed travel map here - http://www.rthtrips.com/search/label/Preparing%20f...
How did you decide to go backpacking?
Well we both had it in us for a long time, we both talked about it, but it never was serious. So one day, we started talking what to study after high school and we both had no idea what we want to do with our lives, the only thing that came to our minds was traveling. At first we thought that it isn't possible and it requires a lot of money, but by browsing the web we came across on a Latvian Youtube channel - Wild Bananas Trip, after we both watched all they're videos of backpacking Europe, we knew that it really is possible to travel on a budget. So we started to plan our own backpacking trip, one thing lead to another, we ordered tickets, and started all of our social media pages, and now we are here.
With the money they already have earned by working as - ''professional'' gardeners, working hard construction work, also doing voluntary work in our local town, they have bought plane tickets to Cologne, Germany, where they are starting their adventure on July 20th. After they arrive in Germany, they will be backpacking trough France to Spain, from Spain to Italy, from Italy flying to Philippines, from Philippines to their destination - New Zealand.
Who really are you?
We are two friend from a small town in Latvia. We became friend in I believe that it was third grade, and ever since we sticked together.
Here are our private Facebook pages :
Kristaps - https://www.facebook.com/kristaps55
So WE are asking YOU guys for support, to buy stuff that we will be needing when going away, like backpacks, camera etc. We also will be putting all the videos on Youtube and writing a blog. It isn't important if you donate us 1$ or 20$ it's important that YOU show us the support.