A Solo Biker - The Balkan States Adventure

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When we at TripHobo come across inspiring travellers, we can’t help but share their stories in the hopes that they will motivate our readers. It was for this sole purpose that we came up with the ‘Hobos We Admire’ series.  

This week, we have a young chap as our Hobo who we definitely admire. Meet Jacob, a hardcore traveller who loves to take off on a whim. He recently went on a solo roadtrip across the Balkan States. Here’s his awesome story in his own words. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, he has decided to share his travel memories in the form of photographs and a kickass video. 

I am Jacob Laukaitis, a 21 years old digital nomad, who's already been to more than 30 countries in the past 2 years. The main reason why I can travel is the company I co-founded, ChameleonJohn.com, because of the flexibility and remote income that it provides. Because of this, I can travel for 9-10 months a year.

When I was deciding where to go on my motorbike trip this Summer, I thought that I had never been to any of the Balkan States despite the fact I was born and raised in Eastern Europe.

So, right after I came back from a 8 month-long trip across Asia and the US, I got my driver’s license, bought a motorbike and left. I did not plan this route in advance and I didn't even have a map. So I'd literally decide where I'm going next every night at my hotel rooms.

When it comes to packing, I’m as minimalist as it gets. My item-box was so small I couldn’t even fit my helmet in there, so I only took 2 pairs of pants; 2 pairs of shorts, 5 T-shirts; 1 pair of shoes; 1 pair of slippers, a jacket and that’s pretty much it.

Here is peek into how I packed for my 9-10 month-long trip around Asia!

I chose a motorbike as means of transport because it‘s just so much easier to explore the most interesting places, because you can go off-road, you can go to the mountains, you don’t waste time in the traffic jams and so on. Also, motor-biking is one of my biggest passions - I have this overwhelming sense of freedom whenever I’m driving. I couldn’t imagine doing this trip with any other means of transportation.

I would definitely recommend driving a motorbike when traveling, especially if you’re traveling during Summer.

When I’m driving a motorbike I somehow feel I’m part of the whole setting - the mountains, the cities, the deserts etc. I can feel the wind, the sun and I can enjoy the surroundings much more than when I’m sitting in a car. 

Here’s a glimpse into Jacob’s 8,000 kilometres motorbike trip across the Balkans:

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