Back in September I left my country not knowing where I would go and when I would return back home. Yesterday though, after having spent exactly 100 days on the road, I arrived back in The Netherlands all safe and sound. Here is my small wrap up:
Where did I go?
In the first 54 days of my trip (read more about it here) I travelled the Balkans, where for the first time in my life I visited Albania:
In the second phase of my trip I travelled to countries I had never been before: Egypt and a small part of the Middle-East (Jordan and Lebanon):
Why did I decide to come home?
I realised on this specific trip first of all that slow travel is not for me. I more like the adventure of being on the road and going to new places, which gives me the feeling of being alive.
Moreover, I realised that travelling without a goal is a challenge. The only actual goal in my life at the moment is to start my professional career. For that reason I felt that coming home for Christmas seemed right as it is time for this new phase in life.
How much did I spend?
The exact figure is hard to tell, but all-in-all I can say I spent €2,798.89 (±€10), of which 26% was spent on flight tickets and a ferry:
- Eindhoven to Skopje – €44.99
- Athens to Cairo – €164.58
- Nuweiba (Egypt) to Aqaba (Jordan) by ferry – €99.00
- Amman to Beirut – €163.65
- Beirut to Brussels – €171.27
Tel Aviv to Amsterdam – €81.00
The flight from Tel Aviv unfortunately I never used because I went to Lebanon instead.
This makes it that I spent about €27.99 euro per day on average. Without the above listed flights and ferry though, this will be €20.74 average on daily expenses.
The most expensive stay for me was in Lebanon (>€35 per day), mostly because I stayed only in hostels and drank alcohol. A minimum price for a hostel in Beirut is either €13 or €18 per night and a small beer costs at least €3.65 in a bar. Also, to get into a night club expect to pay at least $30.
Jordan costed me much less, mainly because I only Couchsurfed, hitchhiked and did not drink any alcohol. I reckon that there I spent on average (much) less than €10 a day.
Did anything bad happen to me?
I never lost anything, never got anything stolen, was never robbed and did not get scammed by anyone apart from a hostel in Cairo who sold me a train ticket for too much money.
Some intimidation happened in Serbia outside a refugee camp and at the Giza pyramids, but they never stood a chance. Also, in Jordan an Arabic man gave me some problems when I was hitchhiking but also that situation I safely managed to get out of. It was a scary moment though.
What items did I pack?
When I came home, my 50-litre backpack weighted in at 11 kg. In terms of clothes I never brought much: one pair of trousers, one shorts, one swim shorts, a pair of walking boots, six shirts, a rain jacket, shawl and hat, ten boxer shorts and five pairs of socks. For the rest, I only carried a toiletry bag, a small sleeping bag, flip-flops, a lot of (backup) tools, a backup 1TB hard disk, various chargers and two travel towels.
My hand luggage was my camera backpack, the Vanguard Up-Rise 46. In this one I carried my camera equipment (Canon 5dmii, 16-35 f4, 50 f1.4, 85 f1.8, 430EXII flash, two radio triggers), a 13-inch macbook retina, a 500GB hard disk, my wallet and some small accessories. Total weight: 10kg.
What were my weirdest moments?
There were a lot of weird moments. A small selection: