Early last week I received a short email from a guy named Jacob who traveled across the Balkans with a motorbike he had bought in search of adventure. I get emails like this every now and then, but I figured I would at least check out his video because it seemed interesting. After watching it, I was speechless. It was one of the coolest travel videos i’ve seen and it inspired me to email him back for an interview.
I put the video that he sent me at the top of the page and I suggest watching it before you read the interview and then once again after. It worth viewing twice.
Your trip across the Balkans is inspiring and isn’t something that the average person does, which makes it such of a great story to share. Would you be able to tell us a little bit about yourself and what started your love of travel?
I’ve been an active digital nomad for more than 2 years in which time I traveled to 35 countries around the world while also running my online business – an online coupons website ChameleonJohn.com. I’ve written some very popular articles on digital nomadism, such as “What I learned when I gave up the 9 to 5” on Medium which was read 170,000 times and I’ve also helped hundreds of people become digital nomads with my newsletter “How to become a digital nomad“.
Crossing fifteen borders in only four weeks and traveling 8,000 km on a motorcycle is an impressive feat, what was the most difficult aspect of this journey for you and how were you able to overcome them? Travel can be pretty messy at times!
I crossed 19 borders and 15 countries. The most difficult aspect, especially at the end of the journey, was that I was traveling alone which made me feel lonely sometimes, since I wouldn’t have the chance to meet too many friends on the road simply because I was on my bike all day every day.
From the shots you have in your video, I can tell you’ve experienced many incredible things on your trip. What would be your top two or three experiences that happened to you, whether they made the video or not?
I really enjoyed driving down the coast of Croatia; doing the best mountain passes in Europe – Transfagarasan and Transalpina in Romania; exploring the ancient town of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina; checking out the the UNESCO heritage site Meteora in Greece; and so much more!
How do you feel about creating a video that captures a small part of your story and sharing it with the world? Would you suggest that everyone should go on a journey like this?
It feels awesome! It took me a lot of time, money and effort to make this but it’s absolutely worth it.
If someone in the audience wanted to do the same thing as you did, what advice would you give them?
I’d advise you to not over-pack, travel with a friend and not plan everything in advance – leave space for spontaneity!
And finally, for all of the video geeks out there (and for myself as well), what equipment did you use to film the trip?
A single GoPro Hero 4. The motorbiking shots were taken with my chest-mount and the rest with a simple tripod I bought 1 day before the trip.
Thanks for taking the time to talk with us! Where can we find more about you and what you’re up to?
Check out my personal website JacobLaukaitis.com and follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JacobLaukaitis