It has been 4 years since Rachel Davey and Martina Sebova set out on a mission to journey in all places on the earth.
- Rachel Davey and Martina Sebova have travelled to each nation on the earth
- They’re the primary Australian and Slovakian girls to take action
- The pair need to encourage extra girls to journey
Now, 1,685 days later, they’ve achieved their 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 nations, 193 recognised by the United Nations.
The couple bought every little thing they owned and saved for years for the journey.
“Again in 2016 we each had already travelled to 100 nations, we labored in journey, beloved journey, it was our ardour,” Ms Sebova mentioned.
“We returned to Melbourne after one journey, and questioned if there’s been anybody that is travelled to all of the nations, so we seemed it up.
“They had been all males, we struggled to search out any girls on the record.
“We determined to set off on that journey. It meant we had 88 extra nations to go.”
They visited nations equivalent to 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 every little thing – that included flights, lodging, visas, transport, meals and sightseeing.
To make it doable, their motto was ‘dwell merely’.
‘Meals brings folks collectively’
Sharing native cuisines was a giant motivator of their travels.
“That is why we’re often known as the ‘Very Hungry Nomads’,” Ms Sebova mentioned.
“Meals grew to become an actual focus, it’s one thing that connects everybody around the globe.”
They had been usually invited to eat with the locals and skilled completely different cuisines.
“One of the crucial memorable experiences was once we had been strolling in Tajikistan and noticed a bunch of girls working in a discipline,” Ms Davey mentioned.
“They stopped for lunch and invited us over. That they had pots of rice, stewed meats and fruit from their bushes.
“We chatted by damaged English, bits of German and damaged Russian.”
However this may change into one in every of many experiences the place the pair had been welcomed to eat with locals.
“One other one can be in Afghanistan, we had been invited into an area residence with [Afghan] girls,” Ms Davey mentioned.
“It is one thing that solely us being girls may 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 sizzling tip to get an genuine meals expertise whereas travelling.
“We at all times attempt to go to the native markets, or the night time markets, that is the place you may discover some nice meals,” Ms Davey mentioned.
‘Finest buddies or sisters’
The couple got down to discover diamonds within the tough, irrespective of the place they had been, nevertheless 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 buddies or sisters.
“In case you had been an outsider trying in, we simply seemed like finest buddies, and that is how we launched ourselves,” Ms Davey mentioned.
“It was the best factor and most secure factor shifting by the world.”
Africa a difficult journey
Logistics had been a troublesome a part of their adventures.
“Travelling by west Africa and central Africa was probably the most difficult a part of the journey,” Ms Sebova mentioned.
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 mentioned.
“Many days had been spent getting from A to B and planning the following step.
“In some locations the infrastructure wasn’t there, so a easy lodge may value as a lot as Sydney.”
Ms Davey mentioned that navigating the Pacific Islands brought on issues too.
“We now have been stranded within the Pacific twice,” Ms Davey mentioned.
“The Pacific Islands are very unfold out, and to get between them could be very, very costly.
“Logistically the scheduling of those flights is difficult, there’s just one flight per week and it wants to hook up with one thing.”
A standard query for the pair is what are their favorite locations?
Ms Davey mentioned it was laborious to nail down, with many spots on the record.
“Locations like Thailand, Mexico, Italy … we do love these locations, it is at all times a good time,” she mentioned.
“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 girls
The couple wished so as to add extra girls to the record of those that have travelled in all places on the earth.
“We now have set out on this journey to encourage different girls and add extra girls to the record,” Ms Sebova.
“Our message is extra in a basic sense to encourage girls to journey and never be afraid.
“Most likely one in every of our commonest questions from solo feminine travellers is that if sure nations are protected to go to.
“Ladies might be free to journey in several varieties or form, however they should not be held again by the actual fact they’re a lady.”