We are Davide and Otilia, two friends with itchy feet, originally from Italy and Romania, that have travelled together for almost 7 years in 4 continents, low cost, overland and sustainably.
Right now we are experiencing life as separate beings, developing other interests that are difficult to focus on while on the move.
We are travelling, backpacking and volunteering in interesting projects from which we can learn and give as much as we can. We like to experience new things every day, to share our lives with other inspiring people and to stay outdoors, to be amazed and inspired by nature, which we love the most every second of our lives.
Some years ago I quit my job to explore as much as possible of this world, trying to do it in a sustainable way. I turned my passions for travel and photography into my everyday life and I'm very interested in traditional and natural ways of building. I'm also a prolific travel and photography writer, with publications in several paperback and online magazines. I dream of a world based upon needs and resources, and I strongly unlike cars as a private means of transportation, making the bicycle my elected vehicle. In 2018 I managed to accomplish my first cycling trip from Portugal to Italy.
I started to be a nomad traveller when I was still young, but only for a couple of weeks a year, as most of the people do. Until I couldn't stand anymore the western lifestyle, and I quit my job a first time in 2007. I went for 3 months in Arcosanti (USA), to experience an alternative lifestyle in a community in the desert in Arizona. After this experience I tried to go back to my job and to "normal life" but I had to quit a second and last time in 2009, since I started travelling endlessly. I've travelled so far in 47 countries and in 4 different continents and I accomplished the plan of travelling without using the plane as long as I could, before I had to for a medical emergency, in order to reduce my impact on our mother earth; the experiment ended after 954 days of travelling overland, almost exclusively hitchhiking, in which I covered more than 50 000 km on a single trip.
My travel map
I finally decided to pursue my life time dream of discovering the world when I met my better half and travel companion. Even if my family finds it difficult to understand, I enjoy explaining them that I plan to travel all year round and work in the vacation. This may seem difficult, but living the present I find it to be much more useful and fun than preparing for the future. So if people ask me about career, I like to say that I’m preparing to become a “professional traveler”. I enjoy people’s solidarity and I share their smiles. They inspire me with great ideas for designing a future society fully sustainable, a better one based on cohesion and awareness within the members. Due to my sociological background I’m interested in human interaction which I’m trying to experiment in a non-formal way through contact dance as well as self awareness, self expression and emotions through contemporary dance and visual arts.