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Sufferfest

Six weeks on gorgeous tropical islands, no plans at all and an open schedule; total freedom on a tight budget. After a super smooth start, hitchhiking from Central Oregon to Canada, it seemed like a dream come true. But everything comes with a price. Having the picture-perfect holiday on Hawaii, while spending no money, turned out to be wishful thinking.

SPLASH

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New Horizons

Around the middle of September my next travel companions arrive in Smith Rock. Some of you might know Basti from our previous adventures in the Slumber Queen or our time mountain biking in Canada. My girlfriend Sarah might also be recognized from earlier exploits along the US west coast and the Mojave Desert. Together we will spend six weeks backpacking the Hawaiian islands before heading to New Zealand to spend another “Work and Holiday year” over there.

Hitchhiking in the Okanagan Valley, Canada

Hitchhiking in the Okanagan Valley, Canada

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Last Days of El Diablo

While recovering from my travel overkill in Central Oregon, I finally had a lot of time for myself. Sleeping in my own room and bed for a while was highly appreciated. Apart from reading, acting out my internet deprivation, working on my social media channels and looking after various cats, dogs and chickens, I got to do a lot of outdoor sports. Be it running, mountain biking or rock climbing, I was far from getting bored in the last few weeks. Butchering El Diablo, the mad neighbors rooster, was a welcome addition in the mix that made my time in Oregon very memorable…

Last portraits with El Diablo

Last portraits with El Diablo

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There and Back Again

My journey with the Slumber Queen has come to an end. 13 month, 50.000 kilometers, 5750 liters of gasoline, 9 countries, 20 border crossings, 16 fellow travelers, 81 new Facebook friends and about 250 Quesadillas. And those are just the rough numbers…

Last picture with the camper: Old and new generation of explorers in Delta with Herb and Liane (the previous owners)

Last picture with the camper: Old and new generation of explorers in Delta with Herb and Liane (the previous owners)

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The real Mexico

Mexico is one of the biggest surprises for me on this trip. I had never thought about coming here before and knew accordingly little about it. But the natural beauty, timeworn cities, welcoming people, tranquil beach towns and unexpected roadblocks are definitely a good reason for everyone to rethink their holiday plans!

On the Road in Guerrero, Mexico

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A different world in Yucatán

While driving past luxury resorts, adventure parks and crowded beaches along the Caribbean coast of Yucatán, you may ask yourself if you are still in Mexico. The tourist industry has clearly taken over this, without a doubt, once picturesque stretch of coastline. Read here why some unpredictable events still made this part of the trip unforgettable…

Whale Shark Tour Holbox Island, Mexico

Whale Shark Tour Holbox Island, Mexico

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Goodbye Central America!

Three month in Central America past by like a short summer vacation. It was a good trip, unlike any of my previous tours. From stunning beaches to smoking volcanoes and timeworn colonial cities to tropical islands, Central America offers a lot while charging little!

Ignacios Beach Cabins, Caye Caulker Island, Belize

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Pura Vida in Costa Rica!

Six month after I started driving southwards from Canada, I have now reached the turning point of this journey. While plans, fellow passengers, time schedules and personal aims have changed along the way, so has the final destination. Instead of bolting through to Panama, I decided to take it easy and spend more time in the places I love. Pura Vida!

Myself jumping down a waterfall near Montezuma

Myself jumping down a waterfall near Montezuma

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Good Times in Nica (ragua)

Nicaragua was all I had hoped for. Nice beaches, relatively good roads, old colonial cities, a nice crowd of travelers, lots of volcanoes and inexpensive too. There was really not much left to wish for but to come back soon!

Granada Cathedral

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Greetings from Paradise

Wild horses on the beach, colorful Macaws flying through ancient Maya ruins and snorkeling the corals of a Caribbean island. Those were the last two weeks in El Salvador and Honduras!

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