Hitchhiking from Zagreb to Bora Bora
As strange as it might sound, that has been a big dream of mine for many years. I used to tell my friends and family how I was going to hitchhike to Bora Bora, but no one believed me and I was not joking.
In the spring of 2013. my international client had to close down the office in Zagreb due to financial troubles. It affected the business that I had with my Austrian partner, so I closed down our office and decided it’s time to turn another dream of mine into reality.
3 years and 8 months later, 25 countries, around 70 000 kilometers, 14 jobs, 7 months of hitchhiking the same boat, several trips to the police stations, few illnesses and countless encounters of sadness, pure happiness and everything in between – this journey was not just a trip, but my everyday life.
Why Bora Bora?
Because it is far enough from my country. It’s a bit tough to get there by hitchhiking only. It has ridiculous name, especially if you know the history of it and it is crazy beautiful!
Why did it take so long?
Realistically, it didn’t have to take 3,8 years to get from Zagreb to Bora Bora. I’m pretty sure it could be done in 1,5 years, but in that scenario I would miss out on many amazing experiences. I didn’t want to hurry, because this trip was not a race and I loved every second of it – good times while they lasted, bad times when they were over.
Status of the challenge
This is the map of my planned route before the trip VS the map of my actual (done) route.
Sometimes people ask me “How did you travel close to 70 000 km if the circumference of the Earth at the equator is around 40 000 km?” Well, my route was not a straight line or strictly planned. I traveled depending how I felt and what the circumstances were… For example: I returned twice to Istanbul, three times to Tehran, three times hitchhiked from Darwin to Brisbane for different reasons, twice along the whole Malaysian peninsula to Singapore, etc... Kilometers add up, my friend.
Apart from the photos on my blog posts, you can find more pics of this trip on my Facebook profile.