I have been asked a lot of questions about adventuring, financing trips and motivation. Here are a few of the most common questions.
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How do you motivate yourself when it is tough?
The most important thing is knowing why I do it and really want it. During miserable times I ask myself if I would rather be somewhere else and the answer is no. I am lucky that I can follow my dreams and feeling miserable is sometimes a part of my dreams. The pain and suffering is only temporary but the memories of a great adventure stay. Stupid life choices some might say.
How do you finance your adventures?
One of the questions I get most of the time. I do have sponsors and other sources of income. Finding sponsors is difficult and I recommend only trying this if you have a successful track record and a strong network. Asking around for free stuff is not really worth the effort.
That being said, going on a big adventure is very cheap. I always sleep in a tent and cook my own food. During my two year world cycle I spent less than 10€ a day and had an awesome time. You will be surprised how little you need to be happy.
How do you find enough water and food when you are alone in remote and hostile regions?
I go quiet fast, so I still find a place to buy food every few days. The only time I really struggled was in Siberia as distances between villages were massive. Water is never a problem since I drink from rivers and lakes which I find almost everywhere. When I am not on a record quest I also like to look for my food in the forest.
How do you plan your adventures and navigate?
Going on an adventure in a wild part of the world is a big logistical challenge. Usually, I have a predetermined route that I calculated with google maps, maps and possibly other information. However, I know that a lot of things can go wrong so my plans are always flexible.
I mostly navigate by map and use the phone when in doubt. On of my main challenges is charging my devices so I try not to rely on digital devices.
What are your plans for the future?
I have a few big adventures that I still want to do when I am young like running across a continent, rowing across an ocean and skiing to the South Pole. My ultimate adventure would be a human powered circumnavigation of the globe which means rowing across the oceans and running/cycling the continents. When I´m old I might live on a boat and sail the world but who knows, I actually enjoy not knowing what lies ahead.
What is your next adventure?
Top secret. But it will be further, faster and tougher than anything I have ever done before.