Clay: Hey guys! A few weeks ago I interviewed a guy named Jacob Laukaitis on how he drove across The Balkans on his motorbike. He’s continued to travel around the world and he’s done some absolutely incredible things. I wanted to bring him back on the site for a little blog post from him as well as to share his latest videos. Enter Jacob.
Hi! My name is Jacob Laukaitis. I’m a digital nomad, meaning I can work from anywhere as long as I have my computer and a Wi-Fi, thus I travel 9-10 months every year. In the last 2 years I visited more than 30 countries and spent most of my time in Asia.
We have this tradition of going on an exotic team retreat every year at ChameleonJohn.com– an online coupons company I co-founded a year and a half ago. Last year we went to Koh Samui in Thailand and this year we decided to go to Bali in Indonesia. So we rented out a beautiful villa in Seminyak, bought flight tickets to all of our employees and spent the whole month living, working and having fun together. I remember when I started traveling around Asia alone I did not have much prior traveling experience. I did 5 countries in 3 months and it was one of the best times of my life.
Every time I come to Bali it absolutely feels like home. The first few days I usually can’t stop myself from smiling, since everything is very exciting: the food, the culture, the people, the scenery, temples, roads and rice fields. Almost every day I’d be driving my motorbike around the island exploring everything I found interesting. I’d come back home just before the midnight, completely exhausted, sun-burned and tired, but happy at the same time because of all the things I had seen or experienced. I can’t wait to come back to Bali next year and finally become fluent in Bahasa Indonesia!
I would say the highlight of my trip was standing on the top of Mount Agung at 3150 meters above sea level after 6 hours of excruciating hike. At that point I felt adrenaline rushing through my body and I was very happy I managed to climb all the way to the top despite my shoes being completely not up to the task.
If I could do this trip all over again I don’t think I’d do anything differently. Maybe just come for a bit longer, because even though you can see quite a bit in a month, there will still be tons of events to attend, restaurants to go to, people to meet and things to learn. I think my next trip to Bali will last about 3 months. We’ll see!
Clay: I’d like to give a big thanks to Jacob for that fun read and for sharing his travels with us. Now, without further adieu, here’s Jacob’s video called “Exploring Bali – Paradise on Earth.”