It was about two years ago, soon after our first travel abroad, when searching for inspiration I started to read about things other people have done. About travels and adventures they have had in their lives. And as it always happens, at least in the beginning you are searching for stories from people around you. From people from your city, from your country. And so I started to search for Latvian adventurers.
They are quite few (less of them are blogging on English) but with ambitions… ambitions of world conquerors. Let’s meet them!
Karlis Bardelis, Bored Of Borders
Karlis is a full time Latvian adventurer, whose first big adventure was trip all across the Europe on Nordic Skates. All the way from North Cape to Gibraltar, 6247 km in 60 days. That was in autumn. But what Karlis is doing in winter? When it’s -25 degrees, Karlis takes a bicycle and cycles 2840 km from Riga to Olympic Games in Sochi. Will it be something similar also in this winter?
Let’s follow Karlis’s blog and Facebook page and we will find it out.
Raymonds Dombrovski, A to B rollerski
Raymonds is an athlete from Latvia, who after emigration to USA became a biathlon champion of USA 7 times. And then things changed. Not being able to participate in Olympic games Raymonds went on an adventure. He crossed USA on roller skis, 4200 miles in 90 days.
Now, 25 years later, he is back in USA, traveling the same route and making a movie about this adventure. Besides that Raymonds passion is wild nature of Alaska. He have also organized many tours to this beautiful and remote part of the world.
To visit 100 countries under 30. That was Ivars challenge for himself, that he completed in June 2012.
Now he is on a new mission to become the first ever Latvian to go to every country in the world. And his plan is to do it before turning 40. How is he funding that? Working full time as most of people. But with the difference, that all the free from work time Ivars spends wisely. Going on shorter travels during weekends, using all the public holidays to add more time for travels. And time after time he is taking longer leaves for traveling only. That’s Ivars strategy.
Peteris and Dace, Izaicinajums
Translated from Latvian “izaicinajums” means challenge. And that’s what this couple have been up to for last few years.
In 2011 they left homeland to go and try out living in another part of the world – in Canada. But since summer 2014 they are on a new adventure, that, as they say, has no certain destination or time frame and will lead them through North, Central and South Americas. At least currently they are doing that on their van.
Dainis, Ivars and Laura, How Many Roads
What is the furthest place from your home? Dainis, Ivars and Laura have found out that for us, Latvians, it’s Pitt Island in New Zealand.
And that’s exactly where these Latvian adventurers are heading to. First leg of the road they are planning to do on their bicycles. Through India they hope to travel with the world’s cheapest car ever made, Tata Nano, but in further journey they are ready for all kind of transportation. Except for flying, saving it only for the situations with no other options.
Ilze, The Crazy Travel
Yes, you are right! Ilze is a long distance cyclist. Currently with her boyfriend Pablo they are on a tour around the world. But that wasn’t this way all the time.
Ilze had “a normal job” like most of people you know. Till one day in summer of 2011 she met Pablo, who was already traveling for some time. And they went on a short trip together. But then… Ilze didn’t return to her job. She left it to travel more. Together they traveled through Europe, Morocco and South East Asia. Then they stopped for some time to save money for their current adventure – multiple year trip around the world.
Read all our interviews with Latvian adventurers and travelers!
Author: Kaspars Misins
Kaspars is a long term traveler and a travel blogger from Latvia. He loves going on long walks, reading non fiction books and spending time outdoors. Together with his girlfriend Una they have been traveling – volunteering – working abroad since 2013. On We Are From Latvia they share their experience and things learned along the way.