This extract is from “Diary of a world trip”, a personal log of a couples’ journey across the world. But their particular mode of transport is indeed the most fascinating part of their great story. A very rare and unique adventure. Read on to find out why...
Tan, from Thailand, and her partner, Aleu, from Spain, recently made a change to their modern and busy lifestyles. Having spent their days working long hours in the modelling industry, they decided to embark upon a more daring and unpredictable way of life: cycling around the world. Tan and Aleu both shared the same view, that they should leave behind their previous life and instead attempt to live without all their expensive and materialistic assets. So they went ahead and sold their condominium as well as many of their other prized possessions.
Aleu said, “I have already sold my apartment. I have chosen to live life with only my bicycle. I am hoping that it may inspire a new generation that doesn’t primarily focus on materialism.
“Salva Rodriguez is the man that inspired me. His way of living made me want to go ahead with this. That man changed my life.” Salvador, from Granada, Spain, made a similar journey back in 2006.
Tan explained, “We opened our minds to learn new things. This decision has made us feel alive. It was like we chose to face the world.”
The first part of their diary tells of how they began on November 18, 2014. Their first destination was Doi Inthanon (the highest mountain in Thailand), Chom Thong District, Chiang Mai Province.
They shared their thoughts and explained how each place they visited was an enjoyable and enlightening experience. They discovered beauty, which one might not find so easily.
Tan added, “I was really impressed that we didn’t need to spend any money on water. The locals generously gave us water for free. The only bad thing was the road between Chumphon and Prachuabkhirikhan because it’s really dangerous for bicycles and motorbikes. But we didn’t have a choice.
“I tried to save water wherever possible. But obviously we had to use water for cooking, for example in boiled noodles, rice porridge, canned fish and instant noodles. If we couldn’t get access to any food, then we had to eat beans, which we shared with each other.”
Once, the couple had to cook their food in the middle of a jungle, with only a candle as their source of light. It wasn’t easy to find a place to stay, it was either under a bridge or in the jungle, a choice many will never have to face.
Tan explained, “Once, we cycled up to Doi Inthanon and got really lost. Honestly, I was so tired and I cried so many times.
“The food we had just was not enough so we went around searching for some fruit. Luckily, we came across some guava and Indian gooseberries. The locals were so kind, they gave us food whenever they could.
“We spent around seven to eight hours cycling every day, so you can imagine how exhausted we were by the end of the day. Sometimes if I couldn’t get up, Aleu would rope my bicycle up to his.”
The North of Thailand is so different from any other part of Thailand. The couple came across a village, called Kii Nok (bird’s poo), not too far from the city, around 30 kilometres away. There is a tiny road that doesn’t allow any cars to pass through. There is no electricity, nor any construction. The whole road is decorated with trees, and full of nature.
On December 21, 2014, they finally arrived at the highest point located at Doi Inthanon National Park.
But, the excitement wasn’t over yet. After they completed their cycling trip around Thailand, they proceeded to commit their vows to one another on their beautiful wedding day of February 11 of this year.
The next chapter of their world trip will begin in May. The couple are currently visiting Aleu’s family in Spain. Once they have prepared all their necessary belongings, they will commence with their trip!
Tan said openly, “I am not familiar with living like this. I can’t believe we have even made it this far. I’m glad we are relaxing with Aleu’s family, we can rest and fully prepare ourselves for the next part of our journey. We will return to Thailand to continue with cycling, and ride all the way to Barcelona, Spain. The whole journey may take up to five years! After, we’ll probably take another break, try and earn some money and then continue to cycle around the rest of the world,” Tan explained.
Don’t forget to tune in in a couple months to see how the next part of their trip goes!
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