What is Lost With Purpose?

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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.

 

What is Lost With Purpose? ... we are Lost With Purpose!

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.

More about us/the deepest and darkest depths of our souls

Getting lost in Dilijan, Armenia

Trying to look all epic while actually getting lost in Dilijan, Armenia.

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.

Dying/laughing with our hitchhiking companions in Kazbegi, Georgia

A dangerously toxic hitchhike in Kazbegi, Georgia.

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.

Enjoying the rocky spires of Goris, Armenia

Soaking up the sick views in Goris, Armenia.

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.

Showing some love for the people of Pakistan.

Showing some love for the people of Pakistan.

 

 

I'm foreign so I must be rich

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.

Lost With Purpose in the Panjshir Valley of Afghanistan

Chilling atop a tank in the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan.

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.

Our teeny tent about to be ravaged by the elements at Karakul Lake in China.

Our teeny tent about to be ravaged by the elements at Karakul Lake in Xinjiang, China.

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!

More tips on saving up and/or making some extra cashmonies for travel

 

Basking in the awesome that is the Alamut Valley in Iran, home to the Castles of the Assassins

Basking in the awesome that is the Alamut Valley in Iran.

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

Our favorite photo essays

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.

Stalk 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.

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Alex

American by birth, citizen of nowhere in particular by nature. Addicted to ice cream. Enjoys climbing trees, dislikes falling out. Has great fondness for goats which is usually not reciprocated.

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23 thoughts on “What is Lost With Purpose?

    DevGill says:

    Alex oh Alex you indeed r living your dream girl. Kudos to you and having glimpses of you in the last 10 years did show me adventurous side of you. I just hope Aman will tether to your adventure and living free………Envious I am not and love you for pursuing your passion. Regards to Sebastian I have yet to meet.

    Hi Dev! I think Aman has enough of a bad influence from you to encourage a crazy lifestyle… I expect great things 😉

    Hope all is well with you, it’s been too long! Cheers from China! – A

    Magdalena says:

    Happy to have found your blog! I am looking forward to reading more of your adventures!

    Glad to have you along for the ride!

    Rama Jamal Ramadhan says:

    You are my inspiration!! Looking forward to the other extremities 😀

    That’s very nice to hear. Glad to have you along for the ride!

    GirlAstray says:

    It´s a little bit off topic, but how did you cross to India – did you go overland via the Pakistan – India border? Was there any problem? (Planning to do it, heard it can get difficult…) Thank you! 🙂

    No, we had to fly from Afghanistan to India. As long as you have the Pakistan visa already, crossing the border shouldn’t be a problem. Just be aware of the time differences, and make sure you get there early enough to waste time on bureaucratic BS 😉

    Our friend The Broke Backpacker put together an article on this border crossing that might be helpful: http://www.thebrokebackpacker.com/wagah-border-crossing/

    Tem says:

    Really enjoyed your guys’ Kazakhstan posts. I was born in Almaty and never really went to travel around KZ, now I’m thinking I should plan something out!

    You really should. You live in a beautiful country!. Cheers.

    I really like your writing! It’s rare to find a travel blog that doesn’t mind being different and actually has something to say. -Ivan

    Thanks a lot. That’s a great compliment to get. Cheers!

    Jim Finnie says:

    I commented on your Afghan blog/guide yesterday and only today have I gotten around to reading (some) of the rest of your stuff. Inspirational. ILove the quirkiness of your writing! ‘m a little older than you I suspect (know!) and now I’m too old to climb big mountains (I was never that good at it anyway), I’ve started exploring, mostly in Africa but, if plans work out, Afghanistan sometime soon (i do know when but I’m not publicizing it – see, I learn quickly!) Keep travelling – never stop! Looking forward to your book. There will have to be a book right? 🙂

    Hiya, and thanks for commenting (again). Truth be told, we suck at climbing mountains too. Yet we try (and fail), because the views are so nice. We’d love to go to Africa one day, but our wallets aren’t big enough at the moment. It’s almost time to start replenishing them. Have fun in Afghanistan (smart move on not publicizing your exact dates). Do let us know if you need any help or are looking for reliable contacts in the country. As for the book, hopefully we can find a ghostwriter 😉 Cheers!

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