We don’t know who came up first with the idea. But for sure it is a combination of many passions. We love to cycle, being in the outdoors, meet new people, discover other cultures and to challenge ourselves.
Our biggest reason is simple (and a cliché one): We want to see the world. We don’t want to look our future-self in the mirror and regret we didn’t follow our dreams. We want to look back and say: We did it! (or at least tried it).
Yes, it would be easier to travel by car or train. Also more safe, comfortable and relaxed. Unfortunately, traveling this way makes you experience the world from behind a window. There is a distance between you and that unique moment. Instead, a bicycle can bring you to places that are purer, have more contact with locals, can explore the unbeaten paths and if you want you can be in the outdoors 24/7. Cycling will bring you to places that are not used to tourism and where they most-likely never have seen the strange combination of a Dutch couple and their two dogs.
When traveling by bicycle, you meet, see and experience things you would have never even thought about in your life. Another very good reason is that we can eat whatever we want, whenever we want. Say hello to all the chocolate we can eat! 🙂
Besides cycling around the world, we wanted to make our expedition more meaningful. That is why we started Green Travel Guru, with the idea to create more awareness about the impact of traveling on the environment and to help other travelers to make their journey more responsible. Our blog is in constant development and with our bicycle expedition, we hope to increase the reach of our message.
The most important part of the expedition is our Cleanwater Fundraising. With this fund, we will raise money for people who don't have access to clean and safe drinking water. Clean and safe drinking water is the first requirement for survival in every situation. The raised money will be used for the production and shipment of water filters. Our partner for this project is the non-profit organization Ibota, which produces the filters in cooperation with social projects for underprivileged people.
We want to cycle and camp as much as we can to keep the budget as low as possible. Our budget is roughly €50 p/d (calculated everything in). We’re open for any adventure/(voluntary) job/activity which will come on our path.
Our plan is roughly calculated and we will see how it will end up during the expedition. We love adventures and surprises, that's what's the best part about traveling.