We are Chris and Sara-may from Germany and Holland and we are traveling the world by bicycle.
Chris left his hometown Freiburg in April 2015 to travel the world by bicycle on his own. He traveled for six months through Europe and supported farming and constructing projects on his way. You can find the start on Work & Cycle. After six months on his way to pick some olives with a friend in the south of Greece he ended up in Athens. He send a last minute couchsurf request to Sara-May who was just nearly living a month in the Greek capital. She accepted, excited to host her first couchsurfer in Athens.
Sara-May hitch hiked to Greece in August with her bestie. After three weeks her friend returned home and she traveled around the country. She was fascinated and captured by the beauty and at the same time tragic situation of Greece due to the economic and refugee crisis. Her aim was to write articles, but she could not sell and eventually ran out of money. After a ten minute google search she found a job in Athens as a Dutch customer service employee at Philips and an apartment. Tired of education after education and volunteering positions she was happy to leave the future for what it was and just start living instead of aiming for that “perfect” job that would finally pay some money to cover the high renting prices in the Dutch capital.
Chris survived winter in Athens, and we got really excited by the idea of traveling together. Sara-may had saved some little money, she bought a second hand bicycle in Athens and all the gear. To see how that went, click here. To get an impression of our time in Greece, click Greece.
So we hope you enjoy our cycling stories and maybe you get inspired, that if life seems suffocating at some period of time or you just eager to get out there,but you don’t know how, that this blog may give an inspiration that you don’t need much to travel the world.
Low budget and sustainable
Chris uses a dynamo to charge his electric devices on the way and we know cyclists that use solar panels to charge bigger devices as a laptop or their electric bicycles. We like to travel as low budget as possible. Therefore we have a rule that we never pay for sleeping. That means we camp, we couchsurf or we get invited. We eat at cheap local restaurants. The fruits and vegetables we mostly buy at little shopkeepers in villages or at the side of the street.
We like to be part of inspiring projects on our way. We helped out Turkish Erdem who was building an earth ship, we worked in a animal rehabilitation center and sustainable farm in central Turkey, we contributed renovating a Georgian home, and we helped out two Indian ladies out at their farm in Auroville. We did a few presentations about our travels in schools, like in the German school in the United Arab Emirates and schools in India. The energy and the questions of the kids are inspiring. It’s very good for keeping up our traveling spirit if you meet so many intrigued kids.
The initial idea was to cycle to India, but when we got closer to the destination we noticed we just like to continue. We now continued to South-East Asia. We are totally flexible and open for all suggestions. And in the end we are of course depended on open borders and visa regulations. This mix determines our route. However we would like to end up in Australia and start some Work and Travel.
Yoga and Vipassana
We started with a practice of vipassana meditation in Sri Lanka and we finished a yoga teacher training course in India which stimulates us to become aware and develop this awareness of our body and mind. We teach yoga to the people we meet on the way and continue our practice.
We experienced that it can be quit difficult to get distracted from dreams and wishes in life and to get caught up in expectations. We noticed the human mind likes to live in the past or the future and it rarely lives in the present. Our aim is to develop mindfulness. To wake up with the sunrise, take time to watch the sunset, be conscious of what we eat, and pay attention to our ideas and observations.
Helpful people are everywhere! People give help through a smile, a hug, sticking up their thumbs when you climb a mountain, sometimes by giving fruits, vegetables or sweets, by inviting you in their home for a meal, a shower, a place to have a safe comfortable night. To remember the helpful people all around the world, we have a gallery “Helpful people” of all the people we met that brightened up our days and journey.
We are looking for sponsors that want to support us in getting us a new touring/trekking bicycle. After more than two years our second hand bikes are ready to be replaced. In every country we need to visit several bike shops and slowly our bicycles fall apart. So we are approaching Dutch, German and International sponsors that want to support us and join our journey around the globe 🙂 But we got already some great support one our way, look here.
Do you have any questions, tips, or sponsor recommendations feel free to write us!
Sara-may Leeflang Chris Wolf
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