Robin at an abandoned airport in Bali

Bike touring during COVID: Where are they now?

    We were wondering what everyone is doing nowadays, and figured other people might have the same question. That’s why we decided to put together a ‘where are they now’. We would love to read your story. Here’s our story for now, but stay tuned for many more to follow!

    Where was Farawayistan (Robin and Sabina) when shit hit the fan

    We were in India when we realized this situation wasn’t going to get any better soon. 

    What we did

    That was definitely not a place we wanted to get stuck, so we decided to bail to Bali. Sabina’s family was planning to visit there, and it seemed like a cool place to do some digital nomadding for a couple of months before hitting the road again.

    Where are they now and what we are doing

    It was way harder to find digital work than we planned and Bali was also heading towards a full lockdown. We were starting to run out of money too, so we decided our chances would be better in Europe. Moving back to the Netherlands didn’t feel right to us, so we moved to Sweden instead. Here we have a lot of amazing nature and freedom to do shorter cycling trips, which we can combine with our work. Robin is focussing on his photography and is working as a freelance editor for komoot (amongst others) and Sabina is fighting food waste at Too Good To Go.

    In retrospect

    Looking back, it might have been a bit naive to fly to the other side of the world to wait it out. We hoped this would pass sooner, which it obviously didn’t. But to be honest no one could have really predicted that this pandemic would have grown to the monster it became. So we lost quite a deal on expensive flight tickets, but we did get three amazing months on a very tranquil Bali in return.

    What the future holds for us

    Cycling across borders is out of the question at this moment. But we have a very big playground in this amazing country. Sweden is covered in luscious forests and the north is calling. We go out with our bikes as often as we can. We are definitely going on some European explorations way, way off the EuroVelo. In the back of our minds we are planning wild adventures, the Kyrgyz outback, and maybe even a race in the Atlas Mountains…

    Where are you now?

    1. Where were you when you realized shit was about to hit the fan?
    2. What did you do?
    3. Where are you now and what are you doing?
    4. In retrospect is there anything you would’ve done differently?
    5. What are the plans for the future?

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    3 August 2020 at 20:24

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