If you’re reading this, you’ve probably just come across Lost With Purpose for the first time. Well, hold on to your seat: your life is about to change forever.
… no, we kid. You can let go of your seat now.
Here’s what’s really up
We’re Alex and Sebastiaan, an American girl and a Dutch boy who met in Thailand, lived in the Netherlands, and are now wandering around Eurasia. We’re two ordinary twenty-something year olds who sold everything, quit jobs, and decided to travel the world for a while. Our lives fit into two backpacks, we are perpetually getting lost, and we both dream of one day filling an entire passport.
How do we travel and where are we going?
The adventure began when we flew from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Tbilisi, Georgia in February 2016. Ever since, we’ve traveled over land using buses, taxis, rickshaws, boats, and rides from people that we meet along the way.
We’re traveling in places that are often overlooked in favor of other destinations. We’ve gone weeks without spotting other tourists, set foot in countries that our governments urge us to avoid, and spent many a day in places where miming things was our only form of communication.
At the time of writing, our journey has taken us through:
After India… who knows? We go wherever the wind takes us, and wherever there’s good people (and good food) to be had.
What are we trying to do?
Our original mission was to provide future travelers with useful information. When researching our trip, we struggled to find all of the dirty details we wanted about the places we were visiting. “Top 10 Instagram-ready Spots in Country X” lists are all well and good (just kidding, we think they’re wretched), but we’re more interested in things like how much it costs to go backpacking in Georgia, or what women should expect when traveling in Iran. We do our best to cover what we find useful, and we’re always down to help others interested in following our footsteps. If you have questions for us just ask!
As we wandered along our merry way, another mission took form. We’ve come across so many good people from “forgotten” countries such as Armenia, or from countries that are suffering from negative reputations in the media such as Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. We’re here to promote tourism to these countries by sharing peoples’ stories, and showing sides of these countries that the media will never show.
The most common question: how do we afford to travel?
We aren’t trust fund babies (if only), and we don’t receive financial help from anyone (feel free to sponsor us, O Peoples With Monies). We fund our travels purely through money that we saved on our own. Here’s how you can do it, too!
We’ve saved up enough money to travel for a little over a year, but we hope to find work along the way so we can TRAVEL 4EVER & EVER extend our voyage indefinitely.
We also save money on the road by defying the expectations of locals and traveling as cheaply as possible. Grubby hostels and hotels call to us, and we have a very crappy tent to pitch when it’ll save us a couple of bucks. We’re not above eating Nutella sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and we’ll walk the extra mile to find a bus instead of taking a taxi… except when it’s 45°C outside. We don’t buy souvenirs–sorry family and friends–and we’ve passed on a tourist sight (or twelve) when tickets were out of our price range.
Basically, we travel hella cheaply in places that are hella cheap. You probably won’t find us wandering in western Europe any time soon, unless we’ve come back to visit family or get shwasted during the Netherlands’ favorite holiday. Asia is a much better use of our funds!
Time to explore some more!
But that’s enough rambling for now. This is a blog, after all–why not check out some of our favorite posts?
Our favorite posts
- Georgia: Snowy slogs and spirit dogs: hiking in Mestia
- Armenia: The view from the top: a visit to Haghpat monastery
- Iran: Tales of Iranian hospitality: Part I
- Pakistan: 5 serious dangers of traveling in Pakistan
- China: Why we didn’t like traveling in Xinjiang, China
- Kazakhstan: Two weeks in southern Kazakhstan
- Kyrgyzstan: You need to visit the World Nomad Games
- Uzbekistan: Why you need to see sunrise in Uzbekistan
- Afghanistan: Why the f*ck did we travel to Afghanistan?
- India: 1% of a Palitana pilgrimage
Our favorite photo essays
- A voyage to the Castles of the Assassins, Iran
- Abandoned places and smiling faces in Min Kush, Kyrgyzstan
- Paradise in Nongriat, where bridges come alive
The most useful shit
How much it costs to backpack in…
Work with us?
We’re not above a little sweat and toil while on the road! We’ve gotta do what we can to keep the travel train running as long as possible. Feel free to inquire about working with us, collaborating with us, and/or sponsoring us.
If you’re too cool to read through our blog, you can also just stalk us on our other social media accounts. We’re down with that–it’s the 21st century, after all.