has travelled Asia!!

From October 2010 to January 2011 I explored Asia:

blue   have been
red     initially planned route – cancelled due to sickness

I started my travel in Hamburg and hitch-hiked via Berlin, Warsaw, Kaunas, Riga and Tallinn to Russia. In Peter I changed my means of transportation, taking the Trans Siberian/Mongolian Railway, stopping in Moscow, Ekatherinburg, Irkutsk, Ulan Bator and finally reaching Beijing. After a stop in Kunming I hitched through Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. Unfortunately its hardly impossible to enter India over land from the East so I flew from Bangkok to Kolkata, where I did a Vipassana meditation. Unfortunately I also caught a serious infection there so I arrived sick in Chandigarh. After a week in hospital and two more of recreation at my friends (actually my friends Nistara, Guntas and Yasleen saved my life, thank you so much!) place I had to go back to Germany… My initial plan was to hitch back via Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey and East Europe.

I hitched and couchsurfed as much as possible, which was working out great! Just in case I had also everything on me to camp. My idea of traveling is mainly to meet people, not to visit all the countries and cities but the people who live there. And thanks to Couchsurfing I made more amazing experiences than I could ever have dreamed of!

Cám ơn


8 Responses

  1. Jonathan (Zurich)

    hi Fred,
    schön zu sehen, dass Deine Reise gut läuft.
    sieht aus, als hättest Du viel Spass! :)
    geniess es
    LG aus Zürich

    November 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm

  2. sonica

    I knew you from my friend FITZ,which you met on the train from Beijing to Kunming.I’ve read your blog in Beijing.So is the phone number right??Maybe you lost a figure(*^__^*) Very interesting trip.May you have a good trip in Kunming.It is a very beautiful city,Lijing&Dali.If you have enough time,Jiuzhaigou in Sichuan province is another very beautiful place,too….

    November 19, 2010 at 4:04 pm

  3. fred

    Hi Sonica,
    Damn, you are right, there’s missing a 5. Thanks for that!
    And Kunming is great (:

    November 20, 2010 at 9:22 am

  4. Hi Fred,
    nun aber endlich eine AW von mir und ein dickes Lob zu deiner spannenden Reise. Sieht wirklich toll aus, deine Route. Werde versuchen deine Tour ab und an zu verfolgen.
    Ich bin mittlerweile in Buenos Aires eingetroffen. Habe Zhause das Rad und die Ausrüstung wieder auf Vordermann gebracht und bin nun gespannt auf Patagonien, die Anden und vieles mehr. B.A. ist schon mal ziemlich klasse.
    Weiterhin eine gute Reise! Ach ja, durch die Türkei must du unbedingt reisen. Das ist dort alles super, vor allem die tollen Leute. Wirst es nicht bereuen!
    LG, Holger

    December 6, 2010 at 5:27 am

  5. fred

    Hey Holger,
    danke fuer die Blumen aber Fahrrad fahren ist definitiv noch cooler!! Und nun bist Du schon in Buenos Aires… Also haste auch deine eigene Karosserie erfolgreich durchgecheckt?! (;
    Ich freu mich jetzt erst mal auf einen ganzen Monat Indien, ganz entspannt! Aber dann natuerlich auch auf Iran, vl Irak und die Tuerkei!!
    Dir viel Spass in Suedamerika, da will auch unbedingt mal hin, bin gespannt auf deine Berichte,

    December 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm

  6. Matthijs

    Hey Frederik,

    I found your blog through hitchwiki. I’m planning to hitchhike and coughsurf from Belgium to India (route: Belgium-Germany-Austria-Slovenia-Croatia-Bosnia-Serbia-Bulgaria-Turkey-Syria-Libanon-Jordan-Iraq-Iran-Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-Rajasthan-Nepal-Tibet-India).

    I noticed that my route is mainly the part that you couldn’t do because of sickness. Yet again I was wondering if you had any information, tips and tricks I could use or things I should keep in mind? Do you have any useful sites or blogs you could recommend? How long do you think the journey will take?

    I made a list of cities to go to and places to visit, but my main objective is to interact with local people, sleep in their houses and learn their culture.

    Thanks a lot!


    November 29, 2012 at 9:35 pm

  7. fred

    Hey Matthijs,

    thats really cool!

    The journeys takes however long you want it to take (up from two weeks I would say). I recommend not making to many plans, but to stay flexible (which I did) and going slowly and taking your time (which I unfortunately didn’t).

    I got all the Visas in advance and carefully packed everything I could need – actually way too much (I had a tent, hammock, gas cooker etc..). I also took a lot of small presents to give to nice people (as CS hosts), which turned out to be even more valuable than the tent.

    What I learned from that travel was basically how incredible nice and welcoming people can be – and they are, when they see you are a travelling stranger.

    If you want, we can also skype one day, just send me an email.
    Good luck,

    December 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm

  8. Raquel LE BOUQUIN

    Hey Fred!

    We are going to move to Germany! Please e-mail me as soon as you can!

    Your blog is great!

    -Raquel and Irwann

    June 7, 2014 at 6:05 pm

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