Launching my world tour by moving into a
truck and driving away from
freezing cold Prague.
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from my native Czechoslovakia with the Russian invasion in '68, I spent the rest of my life bouncing around like a rugby ball, first in Canada, then Europe and now Asia. The varied environments and circle of friends grew into my blood until change was second nature and stagnation an aching disease. In 2000 I broke free from the last vestiges of sedentary societal life by moving into a self-remodeled truck, complete with solar panels on roof, all the gadgets of comfort and a mobile phone through which I could continue my internet-based work. With the countries I've visited now at 33, I continue to plough the world in search of fresh experiences, exotic nature and cultures. Leaving my palace on wheels behind in 2011, I am now more mobile with a single backpack, viola by my side and sturdy bare feet, now 7 years on the burning asphalt. The real trip started here, but the best parts of that are now being rewritten into a book. At the moment I am stationed on the lovely island of Koh Phangan and planning to depart around the beginning of March, 2013 for a two year motorbike tour around Asia. Join the adventure!
This was the previous title of this page, when I strived to reduce my costs by hosting fellow travelers around Europe. Not many bites but I did have a few good road trips. It was a great journey, from Prague through Croatia and Turkey to live on the island of Cyprus for a couple of years, back through Greece and two years in Beautiful Bulgaria, parked for free in a nature preserve on the Black Coast during the summers. Now being rolled out into a free online book.
But the fangs of cold Europe were nipping at my heels and I needed to realize one of the primary purposes of my travels: to indulge in the warmth and exotic cultures that I could find. I moved to Asia in 2011 and am presently making preparations for a three year motorbike trip through China, Tibet, Nepal, India, back down through Thailand to experience Indonesia/Philippines etc. before I dip my toes in Australia and New Zealand and jump spheres to launch my Africa charity project. The rest of the text on this page was written to find fellow travelers on madman journeys through the historical and cultural museum of Europe.
Howdy, I moved myself and my business into a truck which I converted into a caravan so that I could travel freely around the world with no agenda or particular schedule. I'd love if you can join me during my travels. Below you will find some basic info how I arrived at this wonderful situation.
You might wonder how someone could move out of a gorgeous Prague flat into a sardine can, but trust me, I love it. Maybe I got Gypsy blood in me, who knows, but I'd love to see the world.
At the age of 3.5 the communists invaded the Czech Republic and my parents decided to split pronto. Eventually
made it to Canada, my parents divorced, and my mom bounced around from one end of Ottawa
to the other. So at a very early age I was already uprooted and constantly
forced to make new friends.
Eventually moved to Vancouver B.C., where I bounced around a few highschools, spent six summers planting trees, bounced around the country some more, and after university decided to move back to Prague. This was shortly after the fall of communism.
At that time Prague was compared to Paris after WWII. It was an interesting place, frequented by a lot of interesting people, but whose stay was short-lived. So again I was constantly making new friends, and although I stayed in Prague for fifteen years, it kind of felt like I was traveling, because of all the new faces passing through town and the rapid changes which took place there following the fall of communism.
Besides my four years at university in Canada, Prague was by far the longest I ever stayed in one place. And after some ten years (the maximum time I originally planned to stay there), my yearnings to travel and uproot myself yet again reached unbearable levels. Either it is in my genes and nature, or it has been bred into me due to the constant upheavals in my life, but I now consider myself a traveling Gypsy - a nomad at heart.
I came to Prague with the intention of making a million bucks and retiring (in ten years). Unfortunately, this did not happen, but my translation agency was successful enough that it kept me pegged there. One of the reasons why I moved back to Prague was because it was in Central Europe and I hoped to use it as a launching pad to travel throughout Europe. But every time I would go on a little vacation, I often lost customers, who demanded constant attention and looked for alternate providers when I was not available.
With the eventual advent of the internet, I started to devise a plan
whereby I could take my work wherever I go.
I tested this out a few times, once during my vacation to Bulgaria, and once on a trip through Europe. I had a roaming plan with ATT whereby I could dialup to a local modem and hook up to the internet that way, but this depended on someone allowing me to use their phone and it was generally rather problematic.
I then received a massive translation job of 5 million words into 11 languages for Dupont, and my dreams of departure were accelerating.
After recovering from this project I decided I would take a vacation to North America. Visit my mother in Vancouver Canada for Christmas after 11 years in Prague, then buy a van and drive down to the southern tip of Baja Mexico to spend my first winter ever in warmth. It was truly a treat. But half of the coast did not have a mobile signal, and because my trip was so short (3 months), my best bet for an internet connection was to rent a satellite Iridium phone. About a buck fifty a minute and a ridiculously slow connection. I'd have to pull over by the side of the road once a day, find a clearing where I could catch at least 3 satellites, and check my mail that way. Otherwise I would hunt down the occasional internet cafe, or possibly use my ATT roaming through someone's phone line. But again, it was limiting, and again I lost some important customers.
While in the US I purchased a lot of hardware which I planned for my upcoming "world tour" (these pages). The Mexico trip was more of a serious pilot test, an opportunity to treat my mother for Christmas, and a chance to buy a lot of hardware not available in Europe, or much cheaper there than in Europe.
I stepped off the plane back in Prague with a gorgeous tan and was ready
to hit the road again with a vengeance. But I was stuck in Prague for three more years,
during which time I always thought it would take me three
months to depart, until it became a regular joke and no one believed I would ever leave. It turns
out that the preparations for my world tour were much more colossal than I had ever
dreamed. Busy with translation projects I hired a part time secretary to help me
With some Dupont project cash still lingering, I finally found my dream caravan truck, the discovery of which was a story in itself. Much to learn, and a lot of time spent putting together the beast.
Then came another massive translation project, this time for Monster.com, translating its 225,000 word website into each of five languages, whereby I now finally had the funds to hit the road. Three years after leaving Mexico.
It was a bumpy start, especially since I ran cold out of work and was eating bread crumbs for a year while - but at least no more expensive Prague rent! One of the key points making my trip possible was to set up a system where I could hand the management of my translation agency to others - I was going global. It required setting up a server and getting my programmers to develop many fancy scripts for me - a very difficult task indeed and which contributed to my delayed departure.
But after a year on the road, tweaking the beast further with what little funds I could scrounge together, I learned much about living such a nomadic lifestyle, and about hooking up solar panels, wiring the beast, different ways to connect to the internet while traveling, and where to take my regular morning dump - all explained and constantly updated in the caravan survival tips pages.
One major ingredient I found lacking during my Mexico trip was a female travel companion. I spent my last year in Prague actively seeking such a partner, but this proved more difficult than I expected. If you read the caravan survival tips pages above, I think you will understand why. But I shall persevere.
Otherwise, I would advertise on Lonelyplanet.com, couchsurfing.com and in other ways to find company to travel with, and occasionally I would be successful. This is one of the reasons why I developed these travel pages. Originally because my friends wanted to hear about my experiences, but quickly as a means to find co-travelers, and even to help generate web traffic for my translation agency (in a desperate plea for work).
also tried finding travel companions by creating a
travel Europe tour guide site, but that too is
overly strange for most people.
Eventually I got tired of European winters. After all, one of my primary goals was to escape to the beach and perfect weather. But it's not practical to drive over certain boarders, so I decided to leave the truck behind, cut yet another umbilical cord and live solely out of a backpack! Off to Asia I am! With a small netbook, mobile signal booster, wifi booster antenna, portable external harddrives and as much of my business in the clouds as possible, I was ready to float around the world like a leaf. Keep up to the latest news (mostly pictures) of my latest travels here. I found a great and cheap way to travel was to help others, such as through Help Exchange, or just Couch Surf.
Feel free to email me, or contact me through my email form.
After traveling for some time I developed two favourite sayings. The first one drawn from "The world is my oyster" and describing how I feel after I settle for a few days in some city and learn where all the shops, washrooms and showers etc. are.
The world is my
Been there, done that, time to move on.
So where am I now? Well,
managed to make it to Asia in November of 2011 and, after a few months of
interesting travels according to my general
Asia travel plan, ended
up getting "stuck" on a paradise island. Was so impressed with the beauty and
nature that I made an eco
tourism in Koh Phangan, Thailand website for them. I've also been egged into
book about my travels, which will continue from the stories shown on that
page but entirely restructured and rewritten by a publisher.
It's been nice to travel lightly, and I've even traveled super lightly when on a visa run and stuck in another country with only my small backpack, complete with all my necessary electronics and a sufficient (although sometimes lacking, when I got unexpectedly stuck) number of underwear. Since we are blazing forward with the travel book I concocted a new plan to spice up my travels further by creating a carabike -- a motorbike with sidecar which can unfold for sleeping, hammock with mosquito netting, portable kitchen and the works. That will certainly be a fun project and have already bought a reliable bike for it. Stay tuned for more crazy stories!
In Yalikavak, Turkey
Am I a goof? Sure, just don't call me normal!
You can also find this site by going to jdidoprdelevole.cz. I was offered to buy this domain for 30 cents for one year. Czech is the country of my roots and "Jdi do prdele vole" roughly translates as "Go to hell, dipshit". It was an arbitrary diversion, but why not always step off the beaten monkey path?