My short bio: My name is Tom (short for Tomislav) and I am from Croatia. I have been traveling for the past couple of years, alternative style - hitchhiking, couchsurfing, camping, volunteering. I visited five continents, I sailed across one ocean, and I just came back home - with a book about how it all started.

Support my book on Indiegogo: 1000 Days of Spring

My Proof: Twitter post

Ask me anything!

EDIT - wow guys, I didnt expect this amount of questions, over 3,000! I think I got most of the topics covered, if you have some additional questions, you can always contact me via my Facebook page


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jethonis1161 karma

Who's got the best food? And the worst? Be specific. I'm hungry.

1000daysofsummer1685 karma

my first guess would be Thailand and India, for the best one!

and the worst...dunno - England? :D

Domen555869 karma

What was the weirdest thing that happened to you?

1000daysofsummer1692 karma

there were a lot of those, but one of them was probably smoking opium on the border of Iran and Pakistan.

Zephlurch2196 karma


p.s. - Hey Tom! It's Zeph from australia! We hitchhiked together from Townsville to Mt. Isa!

1000daysofsummer1906 karma

heeeey Zeph, I still remember our encounters in the bush, and in front of that Melbourne library or whatever it was! :D how is life, man?

SexualPie1659 karma

This right here is one of the biggest reasons I love Reddit.

1000daysofsummer1108 karma

well, we bumped into one another when we were both hitchhiking across Australia, shared couple of rides together, and then after a month or two I saw him in one park in Melbourne :)

of course, we went for couple of beers!

dandino7562 karma


1000daysofsummer1103 karma

border of Iran and Pakistan.

I played the guitar on the streets, I drove a rickshaw, I painted one hotel, I diverted the pedestrians, was a hotel manager, once even a pot dealer (unsuccessful one).

heroicevil417 karma

Didn't you say that you smoked opium at the border in another comment?

1000daysofsummer721 karma

that was the nice part about those 3 days :D

Dininiful124 karma

What was the bad part about those days?

1000daysofsummer168 karma

being harassed by police and army.

IndexPlusPlus522 karma

Any point when you thought 'well I'm screwed'?

1000daysofsummer1401 karma

there was one ride in australian outback, I was riding on the back of the pick up, and when the driver started pulling over in the middle of nowhere, I thought that was it. but it turned out he wanted to take a leak.

nickmista162 karma

It didn't happen to be around wolf creek did it?

1000daysofsummer93 karma

it actually was pretty close :D

Native411470 karma

How did you get around the language barriers?

1000daysofsummer893 karma

most of the people around the world speak English, so that helped a lot. in South America I learned Spanish so that helped even more.

but generally, body language is sufficient.

InsertHMHHere434 karma

Where have you gone?

1000daysofsummer686 karma

Europe (half of the continent), Asia (Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia), Australia, Indian ocean (Christmas Island, Cocos Islands, Mauritius), Africa (RSA, Swaziland, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya), South America (Peru, Chile, Ecuador)

InsertHMHHere241 karma

What were your first steps to getting out there? I want to do this a lot, but I don't know where to start.

1000daysofsummer500 karma

well, hosting people via couchsurfing was definitely the first step - because I had no idea people actually travel that way. and then one day I just went to the pay tolls on the exit of my city, had some friends waiting for me in Sofia (800 km away), and I just raised my thumb. the rest is history :D

BeConsistent141 karma

About how long did you stay in each place? How did you decide when it was time to go?

1000daysofsummer470 karma

from one day, to couple of months. the rule is always - leave when you want to leave.

IRememberItWell429 karma

Whats your favorite place you visited?

1000daysofsummer687 karma

thats always a hard one to answer because there were so many, but there is the place I kinda liked the most - Shiva Garden, Varkala, India.

andrewsti249 karma

In contrast, what was your least favorite place to visit?

1000daysofsummer570 karma

hmmm. maybe some big cities like Delhi, Mumbai....

bumbumboogie422 karma

Tell us about the scariest thing you experienced.

1000daysofsummer834 karma

bus rides in Pakistan and Bangladesh, few hitchhiking episodes where the driver almost crashed. but probably the scariest was sailing across the Indian ocean, on a 45-feet sailing boat.

Ent-4177 karma

Was someone sailing with you or did you know how to sail prior to starting out?

1000daysofsummer136 karma

I had no experience whatsoever.

LarcusMywood377 karma

Ever have any "why the hell am I doing this" moments where you just wanted to give up?

1000daysofsummer620 karma

actually, just once, when I was in Africa. then I went back home, attended my brothers wedding, but in 2 months time, I was back on the road.

Azrolicious190 karma

Was it just a feeling of loneliness, or a speficif event that cause your why the hell am I doign this moment?

1000daysofsummer579 karma

it was a feeling that I found what I was looking for, and that people in Africa (most of them) saw me as a walking wallet, and I couldnt blend in.

j-kap340 karma

Would you like to eventually live in one of the countries you visited? If so, which one?

1000daysofsummer611 karma

definitely. first that comes to mind is India, or maybe Australia.

InsertHMHHere311 karma

What advice would you give someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

1000daysofsummer1098 karma

don't follow my footsteps - make your own :)

but the main thing is to set your priorities, and just do what you want to do. traveling the world is not the hardest thing. you have to sacrifice some things like friends, comfort, and adjust to all kind of situations like hunger, cold, etc.

but if you want to experience it, there is nothing but the decision preventing you to do so.

InsertHMHHere169 karma

Where did you get money to do that?

1000daysofsummer380 karma

I started with almost no money, and worked on the way. I played the guitar on the streets, I had well paid jobs in Australia (for 20$ an hour), and I also got some money from my sponsors, since I also write about my travels online.

but the main thing is not to spend too much money.

forrey158 karma

How did you obtain the payed jobs like the one in Australia and rickshaw driving? (Mentioned in another reply). Did you set them up ahead of time, or just meet people who offered them to you?

1000daysofsummer321 karma

always randomly.

I had no work visa in Australia, so I had to get a cash job, which I did by accident: one guy that picked me up when I was hitchhiking took me to his house, and gave me work. in 13 days working for him I payed off 8 months of traveling prior to that.

moosher218 karma

$2400 in 13 days..what kind of "job"?

1000daysofsummer360 karma

well, be aware that minimum wage in Australia is 16$/hour.

I was painting one hotel in Brisbane, and diverting pedestrians. hard work :p

okeydokeyartichokey4303 karma

Were condoms in this budget?

1000daysofsummer585 karma

of course! not many, but still...

forrey272 karma

Who was the most memorable (in a positive way) person you met?


Who was the most memorable (in a negative way) person you met?

1000daysofsummer508 karma

positive - so many of them, but there was this Hungarian guy who is traveling with only his guitar and few minor things, doesnt even have a backpack. some of his stories were just amazing.

negative - police/army on border of Iran and Pakistan - they kept me for 3-4 days there, with no reason.

qwell241 karma

I like how in another comment you made, you talk about using opium on this border. One has to ask, which thing happened first?

1000daysofsummer352 karma

first the troubles on the border, then the opium :D

wildmetacirclejerk247 karma

. what is your opinion on going luggage free versus back packing ? Also unusual bit of advice you'd would have for your younger self when you started this travelling thing back then? (Uncommon advice you wish you had )

1000daysofsummer383 karma

I always had a 15kg backpack with me, and I dont think I would ever travel luggage free. I need some clean clothes, tooth paste, deodorant, etc.

an advice for younger me? hmmm. to write down more details!

platypussy69207 karma

I love hearing about stories like this, it's truly inspiring. What motivated you to explore the world? As a female who would love to try this, would you consider it dangerous considering the potential of encountering dangerous people?

1000daysofsummer257 karma

the mail motivation was that gut feeling that there is more to life than the one I was having back home.

it would definitely be more dangerous, but I know few girls that travel by themselves. I would probably suggest first traveling with someone, and then see how it goes.

Harasoluka185 karma

I've always wanted to do something similar to this and the biggest question I usually have is how did you maintain your hygiene?

Was it difficult to find a place to shower?

1000daysofsummer252 karma

nope - I use couchsurfing a lot, and that means that shower is almost always available. when not, you have wet tissues, and many public toilets :)

and sea, rivers, lakes...

SugarPistils166 karma


1000daysofsummer679 karma

I have to say probably people from "dangerous" countries, like Iraq, Iran and Pakistan. you think they are terrorists, and at the end they end up being nicest people in the world, willing to give you the last piece of their dinner.

SugarPistils90 karma


1000daysofsummer243 karma

Im not an expert, but I still remember the Paki hash...that was some good stuff!

zack12214 karma


1000daysofsummer80 karma

well, I got it in Islamabad, have no idea where did it come from originally :)

showmm132 karma

I'm guessing you needed computer and Internet access for this kind of trip. Did you have a computer with you or did you depend on local Internet cafes? What did you do when you were somewhere remote without access?

1000daysofsummer188 karma

since I am a freelance writer, I had a light laptop with me all the time, and most of the time I used wifi from my hosts. in some remote ares I couldnt do anything, so I just hanged out with locals more than usual.

ActuallyYeah73 karma

Hey buddy! What laptop did you take for the trip.. and how happy were you with it?

1000daysofsummer179 karma

MacBook Air, the cheapest model. I am very happy with it - and my back too.

showmm54 karma

Thanks for answering. But haha, I didn't really mean how did you entertain yourself without the Internet, more how did you find your next or the next one after that hosts if you couldn't get online?

1000daysofsummer69 karma

in poor countries I havent used CS that much, I could afford to spend couple of dollars on accommodation.

Filous1130 karma

Who's country's women are the most beautiful? ;)

1000daysofsummer415 karma

Croatia! :)

Bloody_Seahorse123 karma

What did your friends and family think when you proposed your idea? Did they think you were crazy?

1000daysofsummer229 karma

they still do.

first of all, I live in very conservative country, and my family is very traditional. so at the beginning I never had their support. but as the time went by (I was sending emails to my mum almost every day!), they kinda grew accustomed to my life style.

but now they are happy that I am home :)

Wishyouamerry53 karma

How were you sending emails? Did you have a smart phone or laptop with you, or did you use public computers where ever you could find them?

1000daysofsummer109 karma

I had a mobile phone, and a laptop. wifi is everywhere in the world, and I never had many issues with that.

hurrahforkittens122 karma

How did you manage on so little?

1000daysofsummer245 karma

its not that hard, there are 3 major expenses when you travel: transport, accommodation, food. you have hitchhiking (free), couchsurfing and camping (free), and there is only food left. you eat supermarket food, but you can also find some work where food is included.

thedazzler112 karma

Why did you decide to do this?

1000daysofsummer481 karma

it was either that or get a job, 30 year loan for some apartment, wife, kids.

IndexPlusPlus112 karma

How were you treated by people in more remote places?

1000daysofsummer271 karma

the more remote, the friendly. except in some well known tourist places, most of them are all about the money, money, money.

generally speaking, people out there are just AMAZING!

RollingCompass97 karma

Does it bother you in any way that you miss things that require an entry fee, like museums or other attractions?

1000daysofsummer128 karma

not that much, since I dont enjoy art that much. but I did go to some places that require entry fee (like Uluru in Australia - LOVED IT, or Taj Mahal in India - didnt like it)

marnix199183 karma

after 500 days of summer we get 1000 days of spring

1000daysofsummer93 karma

well, that last trip that I did was actually called "1000 Days of Summer", and since my book is about the beginnings, it was logical that I call it "1000 Days of Spring".

bone_mode78 karma

this is awesome.

if you had 10$ a day. what percent of your money did you spend on what? like, if you had 10$, would you spend 5$ on food, 2$ on transportation, 3$ on something else?

i hope that makes sense.

1000daysofsummer130 karma

of course :)

40% went on food and drinks 20% went on booze and weed 15% on transportation (I flew and drove in buses/trains couple of times) 15% on accommodation (in some cheaper countries) 10% for the rest (some souvenirs, entrances to some cultural things)

SexualPie48 karma

being as you were likely buying from completely strangers (weed I mean), did you ever get cheated or slipped something wrong? How hard was it to find a dealer in other countries, did you just walk around asking random people?

1000daysofsummer144 karma

I never bought weed on the streets, only if my hosts were smoking it, I would chip in and got it when they were getting it.

JeffBanks66 karma

Are you going to continue doing it?

Also, what were some of the best experiences? Did you meet many great people?

1000daysofsummer116 karma

Im not sure I will continue to travel in that way. since I wrote a book now, next few months will be all about that, and when the winter comes, probably move down south with my girlfriend.

I got tired of moving too fast, changing places without knowing then properly. I will always travel, just in a different way.

saraswati0061 karma

Is this still the same girlfriend from before you started traveling? If yes, how did you manage?

1000daysofsummer101 karma

nope, its not.

JeffBanks23 karma


What motivated you to do this in the first place?

1000daysofsummer59 karma

curiosity :)

Se_Esc64 karma

How often did you go out and experience the night life? I imagine it would have been difficult on such a low budget.

1000daysofsummer267 karma

maybe twice. I really cant stand night life, even in my own city. I usually went to sleep before midnight. but, I do love house parties, when we sit on couches, and talk about the meaning of life.

Ovidestus57 karma

How did you get started?

1000daysofsummer146 karma

I had a pretty normal life back home - studying, working as a stockbroker, had a steady relationship. but then the financial crisis came, I started at that time to host couchsurfers (over 150 of them), and when I listened their stories, that was it - I had to try it out for myself.

first I traveled around Croatia and Balkans, a bit in Europe, and when I was done with my uni, I took my backpack, and went on RTW trip.

pchris637 karma

Couchsurfing question: How do you find decent hosts? Seems like it would be difficult to trust going to some random people's homes

1000daysofsummer56 karma

well, I have to tell the truth - lately its been much harder.. usually I send one or two requests, after reading profiles of people I want to surf with. but I hosted 150 people in my house, and I have no problem with trusting people.

Jarpz56 karma

Truly inspiring! Hope to do something like this one day. How did the trip change who you are/your personality? Views, beliefs etc. thanks!

1000daysofsummer200 karma

my prejudices fell just down the drain. I dont trust media, and scary stories people tell - "I heard it from one guy". I am much more grateful for food, shelter, friends. I believe in kindness of strangers, much more than before. thus, I am nicer towards strangers myself.

NotWhoYouThink2151 karma

What inspired you?

1000daysofsummer83 karma

people that I hosted in my city via couchsurfing, and maybe a book or two.

Contr1gra50 karma

Have you been in Russia? If yes, how it was?

1000daysofsummer110 karma

nope, I was always much eager to explore hot places.

Black_Table41 karma

Did you want your old life back at any point on your journey?

1000daysofsummer94 karma

not really, I was just once sick of it, and wanted to go back home, so I did. but then again, I was back on the road in no-time.

I will never have my old life back, because it changed irreversibly when I went on the road.

Ramo_Areliuga36 karma

How old were you when started your long term? And how did you manage with all the visas? I heard Australia is pretty hard to get into if you don't have a lot of money.

1000daysofsummer68 karma

I was 26 when I started my RTW trip. visas were not that big of a problem, except for the ones I had when I was departing Croatia - Iran, Pakistan, India. I got an australian one online, and I faked my bank account.

Flazer29 karma

Now that you've done something few other people will experience. What's next for you?

1000daysofsummer48 karma

this book I wrote.

and then, when I publish it, it will be time for some planning - maybe settle down with my girlfriend, maybe go travel a bit more, maybe write another book - who knows?

fabianlara16 karma

Which is the most wrongly prejudiced country?

1000daysofsummer54 karma

Iraq, Iran, Pakistan.

cocksparrow10 karma

I'm currently working toward building enough passive income to support myself while traveling endlessly. Clearly, at less than $10/day, I could already do it if I wanted, but I guess I want a little more money to live on. I enjoy eating out and the drink a bit too much. But one of the hurdles I'm faced with is giving up everything I have here at home. As such, I have a few questions:

  1. What was your decision making process like for giving up everything and hitting the road? (edit: I wouldn't mind some practical details of how you went about this either!)
  2. Depending on the length of your stays, and I speak from hosting lots of surfers, although you are constantly in contact with people, building deeper connections with people can be tough on the road. How did you handle loneliness, if any?
  3. While this is a great thing to do, and I'm sure your life has been enriched by the experience, is it something you think more people should do? Are there people you would discourage from doing it?

1000daysofsummer6 karma

everything is about priorities, I met people traveling with NO money whatsoever. I could never do such a thing.

  1. it was an ongoing process that lasted couple of years, and I wrote an entire book about it. but in short - I was hosting people via couchsurfing, their stories interested me, I tried for myself, it worked, and I made it possible.
  2. well, at the beginning it was okay, but at the end of the trip very hard. you get tired of superficial encounters. that is the reason that for the past 9 months I was traveling with a girl I met, and I managed to dig deeper.
  3. I definitely dont think everyone should do it, but I do think everyone should know that its possible - if they want it seriously enough.

chilli_ramen4 karma

How difficult was it to sort out visas? I assume you didn't really plan that far ahead most of the times.

1000daysofsummer6 karma

not that much. when I was leaving Croatia I had 3 of them in my passport - Iran, Pakistan and India. the rest I made on the way. some countries were giving me hard time (like New Zealand) so I just went other direction and skipped those countries.

lolferrari3 karma

What place did $10 get you the most? Were there times you decided to screw the budget and spent more? Did that lead to any particularly interesting adventures?

1000daysofsummer3 karma

of course. some days I spent nothing, some days I spent much more than 10$. there were some plane tickets involved, but also a whole month without spending anything.

but when I spend a lot, I realize that traveling is much more fun when you dont.

ftse2 karma

Was this the first time you back packed any where, or did you do smaller trips around America?

1000daysofsummer3 karma

I am from Croatia so my first time backpacking was in Amsterdam, when there was a football (soccer) match between my club and Ajax. that was in 2007. later came hitchhiking, couchsurfing, and more extreme trips around Europe and rest of the world.

crazycolaist2 karma

I actually thought the title was I travled back in time by 5 years on a budget of <10$ lmao. But england has lush food if you got the £ to spend.

What was the most epic view you got?

1000daysofsummer3 karma

Cocos Island. especially when you get there after 5 days of sailing (it was my first sailing ever) and just after the storm.

SamuraiRoNiN2 karma

What is the most interesting thing you learned traveling?

1000daysofsummer3 karma

how to be grateful, and humble. you see how tiny you are when you put things in different perspective.

ratguy1012 karma

was there any point where something life-threatening happened?

1000daysofsummer3 karma

few times my drivers almost crashed, but apart from that - nothing much.

ckncch2 karma

I'm planning to go to Switzerland on a tight budget, in June. Do you have any advice on how I can save money there? I'm going to Geneva for Summer School, to be more specific.

1000daysofsummer4 karma

get in touch with locals, they know all the secrets. try out couchsurfing, if not for staying with people, for making new friends. eat supermarket food, cook, dont drink out.

sinfulangle1 karma

What camera did you use? (please say GoPro!)

Also was it hard to cope without technology?

1000daysofsummer1 karma

I did start with GoPro and some smartphone, later I got Panasonic Lumix GF3, and the latest was Canon D600 or something like that. I also carried my laptop with me so I was never actually without technology.

barandor0 karma

No comments on your awesome trip, but I'm watching 500 days of summer at the moment. So kuddo's on your name.

1000daysofsummer1 karma

I love that movie, and I did use it to name my trip, and later on my book ;)