Rather active and involved in social groups between experienced (or aspiring!) alternative travelers, we came across the story of Margaux, a french woman hitchhiking solo across North and Central America for months – before the Covid-19 pandemic put an end to her journey. We found her story so captivating and her advice so pertinent that we asked her if she would be willing to share her experience here… Guess what? Well, you will find it out soon in this post!
Because they have lived through a lot of stories on their journey, and have a lot to say: we are happy to let fellow travelers share their stories with us in our interviews series!
It was a sunny Thursday. We had just arrived in Belgrade (Serbia), and the good weather made us decide to eat outside. Sitting on a bench in the small park facing the central station, sandwich in hand, we contemplated scenes of life, people talking, walking, laughing. And then, when we got up from the bench, two young people with oriental features spoke to us in English: “Can we take a picture of you?” they asked, showing our bags and our cardboard, on which we had drawn the Eiffel Tower. “Of course, do you live here in Belgrade?” Silence. “No… We are from Afghanistan” We then realized … “Are you refugees?” “Yes”.
On our way through Croatia, we met a cyclist near Dubrovnik while we were hitchhiking the opposite way. Axel was, actually, on his way back home from a world cycling trip of almost 3 years. It was just him on the road with his three-wheeled bike heavily loaded with supplies, and a Malaysian flag flapping in the back. We talked and decided to make an interview of this incredible traveler!