It has been 4 years since Rachel Davey and Martina Sebova set out on a mission to journey all over the place on this planet.
- Rachel Davey and Martina Sebova have travelled to each nation on this planet
- They’re the primary Australian and Slovakian ladies to take action
- The pair wish to encourage extra ladies to journey
Now, 1,685 days later, they’ve achieved that aim.
The Australian and Slovakian couple consider they’re the primary females of their nationalities to take action – with 1000’s following their journey on social media.
The “Very Hungry Nomads” have formally visited 195 international locations, 193 recognised by the United Nations.
The couple bought all the things they owned and saved for years for the journey.
“Again in 2016 we each had already travelled to 100 international locations, we labored in journey, beloved journey, it was our ardour,” Ms Sebova stated.
“We returned to Melbourne after one journey, and questioned if there’s been anybody that is travelled to all of the international locations, so we seemed it up.
“They had been all males, we struggled to seek out any ladies on the listing.
“We determined to set off on that journey. It meant we had 88 extra international locations to go.”
They visited international locations like North Korea, indulged in sweets in Iran and even visited sacred spots in Afghanistan earlier than the Taliban takeover.
The couple set a price range of $US50 ($73) every per day — which wanted to cowl all the things – that included flights, lodging, visas, transport, meals and sightseeing.
To make it potential, their motto was ‘dwell merely’.
‘Meals brings individuals collectively’
Sharing native cuisines was a giant motivator of their travels.
“That is why we’re generally known as the ‘Very Hungry Nomads’,” Ms Sebova stated.
“Meals turned an actual focus, it’s one thing that connects everybody world wide.”
They had been typically invited to eat with the locals and obtained to expertise totally different cuisines.
“One of the vital memorable experiences was after we had been strolling in Tajikistan and noticed a gaggle of girls working in a area,” Ms Davey stated.
“They stopped for lunch and invited us over. They’d pots of rice, stewed meats and fruit from their timber.
“We chatted by way of damaged English, bits of German and damaged Russian.”
However this could grow to be one in every of many experiences the place the pair had been welcomed to eat with locals.
“One other one could be in Afghanistan, we had been invited into a neighborhood residence with Afghani ladies,” Ms Davey stated.
“It is one thing that solely us being ladies might expertise.
“In case you had been a person you would not get that chance.
“Ethiopia is a extremely nice nation to eat … phenomenal meals.”
The pair provided a scorching tip to get an genuine meals expertise whereas travelling.
“We at all times attempt to go to the native markets, or the evening markets, that is the place you may discover some nice meals,” Ms Davey stated.
‘Finest mates or sisters’
The couple got down to discover diamonds within the tough, irrespective of the place they had been, however it did not come with out its challenges.
They made the choice to not disclose their relationship with many, letting others assume they had been finest mates or sisters.
“In case you had been an outsider wanting in, we simply seemed like finest mates, and that is how we launched ourselves,” Ms Davey stated.
“It was the best factor and most secure factor shifting by way of the world.”
Africa a difficult journey
Logistics had been a troublesome a part of their adventures.
“Travelling by way of west Africa and central Africa was essentially the most difficult a part of the journey,” Ms Sebova stated.
It was a mixture of things that made these specific locations harder.
“We needed to organize visas, some fairly tough to get, and for some we even needed to return to Australia,” Ms Sebova stated.
“Many days had been spent getting from A to B and planning the subsequent step.
“In some locations the infrastructure wasn’t there, so a easy lodge might value as a lot as Sydney.”
Ms Davey stated that navigating the Pacific Islands precipitated issues too.
“We’ve been stranded within the Pacific twice,” Ms Davey stated.
“The Pacific Islands are very unfold out, and to get between them may be very, very costly.
“Logistically the scheduling of those flights is difficult, there’s just one flight every week and it wants to connect with one thing.”
A typical query for the pair is what are their favorite locations?
Ms Davey stated it was onerous to nail down, with many spots on the listing.
“Locations like Thailand, Mexico, Italy … we do love these locations, it is at all times a good time,” she stated.
“There have been different locations that we actually beloved in Africa, significantly Madagascar.
“We loved Ethiopia and Eretria, on the horn of Africa.”
Inspiring different ladies
The couple wished so as to add extra ladies to the listing of those that have travelled all over the place on this planet.
“We’ve set out on this journey to encourage different ladies and add extra ladies to the listing,” Ms Sebova.
“Our message is extra in a normal sense to encourage ladies to journey and never be afraid.
“In all probability one in every of our most typical questions from solo feminine travellers is that if sure international locations are protected to go to.
“Ladies may be free to journey in several kinds or form, however they should not be held again by the very fact they’re a lady.”