For this edition of our “Love of Travel” series, we are happy to meet best friends Agness and Cez, the creators of eTramping.com. These two have been traveling the world for quite some time and have written extensively about traveling in Asia, especially China, as well as how to travel cheap! Be sure to check out their website, and their eBooks. But first, let’s get on with the interview.
Tell us a little bit about yourselves and how eTramping.com got started?
We are Agness and Cez, best friends from Poland, who have been travelling the world together for more than 4 years now. “Pack light, travel far, and live long” is the motto that describes our lifestyle at the moment. Back in 2011, Cez felt an urge to set up his own website and create a travel community where people could share their travel thoughts and experiences, and I wanted to start blogging about my life and work in China. One day, we came up with an idea of combining these two desires and start working together. Cez built the website from scratch and I was responsible for content writing. Together, we complemented each other and slowly, but surely, started building eTramping.com that we are so proud of at the moment!
You have been traveling since 2011 for less than $25 a day. What are some of your key tips for staying within your budget?
If you want to save a lot of money when traveling the world, you should definitely avoid taxis and travel around the country using local transport instead – trains, buses and subway. It makes a huge difference when it comes to saving, trust me. Usually most of the cities you’ll travel to have a number of train stations, so you can often move around the city with a pass. Moreover, eating street food is also much cheaper than dining out and making friends with locals is crucial when trying not to spend too much money on the road.
What country is the best for traveling & being able to experience it with a limited budget?
Laos was definitely the cheapest. Hostel prices started from $1 a night, and food was extremely affordable. In fact, we were able to live there for around $10 a day. The most expensive was Oslo. Paying over 5 euros for a small breakfast bun and yogurt was shocking!
What country has surprised you most by the cost of living (good or bad)?
Hong Kong. The prices there were extremely high in comparison to China where we worked and lived for over 2 years. The accommodation prices were also much higher than in the Land of Dragons, but the food was super cheap so we ate a lot of dim sum.
You have spent a lot of time in China. What was your favorite thing about China?
I’ve spent over 2 years in China, 2 amazing years full of adventures and memories – the good ones and the bad ones. This was my very first backpacking destination I fell in love at first sight. This is the country I was passionate about as a little girl. This is the place where I have learnt how to be a blogger, traveler, explorer, teacher, listener, dreamer, fighter and culinary adventurer. My favourite thing about China was definitely the Chinese food, especially Chinese breakfasts on the cheap. I used to dig into noodle soups with beef, fresh dumplings called baozi or simple fried rice with chicken and veggies. Real yum!
What we can expect from eTramping.com in the coming months?
As I’ve recently moved to Amsterdam where I will be staying for the next 10 months due to my master’s degree course at UvA, eTramping is going to be more about my expat life, studies and travel across the Netherlands. A lot of new places, Dutch food and of course budget travel tips, so stay tuned!
Meet Agness and Cez from eTramping.com – Bio
Meet eTramping crew – Agness and Cez – best friends and travel companions from Poland. These two are sharing their budget travel tips on how to travel the world with $25 in your pocket. Since 2011, they have been travelling the world while teaching English in different Asian countries such as China, Thailand or Cambodia. They are both photography passionate obsessed with Chinese cuisine and culture. [hr] ** All photos were kindly providing by Agness & Cez of eTramping.com
We want to thank Cez and Agness for catching up with us and sharing their Love of Travel with us. Be sure to check out their website and their eBooks. Happy Travels! – Liz & Josh