My name is Lee and I am a 20 year old backpacker/hitchhiker from The Netherlands. I'm hitchhiking all over the world by myself. With this I try to discover the world and different cultures from all over the globe. I don't need an expensive and boring university to become wise. I use the open road and the kindness of million strangers to get rich of knowledge!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COUNTRY SO FAR?
Probably Iran for its people and diversity of landscapes.
WHAT PLACE IS TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST?
It's so hard to say, but I'm really fascinated by countries that are not easy to enter. Like North Korea, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. But I also really want to go to Canada, I have a great interest in that country. Also for the U.S. and it's southern states. But my number one has to be Afghanistan, because when I was hitchhiking in the UAE I got picked up by the son of the ambassador of Afghanistan and he invited me to his home in Kabul. I can't refuse that offer...
WHAT CAN'T YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT?
From a Realistic view, my passport of course. But personally, good shoes and a 'I don't give a shit' attitude, Without that I would be nowhere.
DO YOU PREFER SOLO TRAVEL OR WITH SOMEONE ELSE?
WHO IS THE PERSON AT HOME THAT YOU MISS THE MOST?
WHICH COUNTRY HAS THE MOST FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE?
Iran again, these people are so amazingly friendly and kind, you just have to experience it yourself. But as soon as you leave the western world, the people become more and more friendly. Islamic and other really religious countries are by far the most hospitable.
WHO IS THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU'VE MET SO FAR?
The most inspiring person has to be Patrick from Ireland, I've met him on the Internet. He hitchhiked from Ireland to Japan through Europe, turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and China. But I've met so many people.. I have no time to name them all.
WHAT'S BEEN YOUR SCARIEST MOMENT?
Being stared and grabbed at by 500 Indian people at a local wedding in Nagpur India. They were grabbing my arms, my clothes, my ears and my hair. Staring and screaming at me like they've never seen a white person before. I walked away and everyone was running after me screaming and trying to grab me. Because I can't deal with pressure and stress, this was scaring the shit out of me and I turned into a autistic retard and started to run away. This made my stay in India not very pleasant.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?
I'm a dumb ass. My life is embarrassing.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST USEFUL ITEM YOU'VE BROUGHT?
I didn't bring it, but I've bought it. It's my Arabic scarf. I got it in the UAE and it saved my life lots of times. I use it to keep the sun out of my face and neck so I won't die! I also use it as a towel and blanket to keep the Mosquitos out of my face when I sleep outside. It's also a great conversation starter with Muslim people, and it has got me lots of rides!
WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF TRAVEL ADVICE YOU'VE RECEIVED?
1. Hitchhiking is possible EVERYWHERE
2. Impossible means I'm possible
WHAT'S THE LONGEST YOU'VE BEEN AWAY FROM HOME?
When I was hitchhiking and traveling around Europe and morocco, it was 6 months. But in 2 months I will be gone for 7 months. Not really planning to go back, so the word home does not really mean anything for me.
WHAT'S YOUR DREAM JOB?
WHERE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO LIVE IN THE WORLD?
I have no idea. That's what I'm trying to find out. That's the whole reason why I travel.
NAME THE COUNTRIES YOU VISITED
Netherlands, Belgium, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco, (Western Sahara), turkey, Iran, UAE, Oman, India, Nepal, Thailand, Czech Republic.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TRAVEL MEMORY?
Not really a favorite one, because going on holiday with the family was always horrible. But I guess the trips to England with my dad were ok.
WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE LEARNED?
I know how to read Arabic and Farsi.
IF YOU WROTE A NOVEL, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
Probably a funny and sarcastic version of Mein kampf
WHAT TRAVEL SCAMS HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT?
There are so many. But the fake baba's (religion wise men) in India are just wrong, and the millions of fake guides in morocco are terrible. the selling of obvious fake crap everywhere in touristy areas annoys me, and the entrance fee for temples, mosques and churches are ridiculous. Why would you pay for a holy sight? That's just blastomy in my eyes, and they do it without shame....
DO YOU CALL YOURSELF A TOURIST OR A TRAVELLER?
I consider myself the worst tourist ever. I don't care about your beaches, and I really don't want to see your party places. I like traveling like a local and doing the same stuff they do.
I hate seeing annoying white people when I'm 20.000km away from home.
STRICT SCHEDULE OR GO WITH THE FLOW?
I have no plans. I just do whatever suits me
WHAT'S BEEN THE BEST STREET FOOD YOU'VE HAD?
I don't know the names, but Thailand and turkey have the best goods!
WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING THING YOU'VE DONE?
In my trip... Hitchhiking from the south of India to Kathmandu in Nepal. It took me a week and 14 hours of traveling a day and sleeping on the streets and at restaurants.
DO YOU THINK YOU'LL STAY FRIENDS WITH THE PEOPLE YOU'VE MET?
Not really. I gave out my email at least a 100 times to people I've met, and I'm only in contact with a few of them. Just because I don't have Facebook people don't even bother to keep in contact. But of course there are lots of exceptions and I've become friends with a lot of people.
WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING ANIMAL YOU'VE SEEN?
It's not really the most exciting animal in the world, but I love camels. Every time I travel in a desert area, I fall in love with those cute things.
WHO IS YOUR DREAM TRAVEL COMPANION?
MISTER JAN "IDGAF" MALAKAS
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM TRAVELING EXPERIENCE.
To get picked up by the king or president in the country that I'm in while hitchhiking.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS?
Sarcastic, spontaneous, confused
WHAT CAN YOU ADVICE TO PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO START TRAVELING?
Start to not care and do whatever you want.
TRAVELING brings us love, joy, it changes our beliefs and perceptions in life. It can make us better and stronger people. Through TRAVELING we learn to love, to forgive. to broaden our horizons. The best part of TRAVELING is to meet people along the way with whom we share stories, with whom we become friends, for that moment and possibly forever.
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