Recently I decided to make a profile on the Warmshowers site. For several years we already enjoyed hosting guests from all over the world through couchsurfing. Warmshowers should be ideal for us, because it’s for cycle travelers only.

Last week I got my first request from a young Spanish guy. He stayed with us for just one night.

He has big plans,  to make a world tour for 5 years, through 50 countries with 5 euro’s a day…

Right now, he is just trying everything out and touring Europe for starters. He already decided he needs to buy front panniers to have a better overview of his luggage, and a better balance of the weight he is carrying.

I had the impression he has still a lot to learn about traveling by bike, but yet, he is only 19 years old.

When I asked him what brought him to this plan, I heard several levels of motivation:

One side of his motivation is that he thinks he is far too young to decide what to do with his life, and he isn’t interested in what seems to be the “normal” steps to take in life: study, work to get a house, a car, a television ….First he wants to explore the world, meet people, other cultures, and learn about himself.

Another side of his motivation is that he likes to move. He ran a marathon, but that wasn’t satisfying his hunger for movement… He tried longer distances, up to 100 km…but that didn’t do the trick  either…So slowly he got interested in traveling by bike. What was at first meant to be a several days ride became almost biologically a preparation for a worldtour…

I’m very curious how far this youngster will go to make his dream come true. I surely wish him all the best.

You can follow him on his blog .


ready to hit the road again

ready to hit the road again