Hey Reddit! My name is Paolo Cattaneo. 5 years ago I quit my job, sold everything I had and embarked in a trip around the world on a motorcycle. Rode for almost 185000 km (115k mi). Still going! Here to answer question about self sustained living ...
Hey there! I am Paolo, italian born but Australian resident since 2010. I am here for my yearly AmA, trying to break down some mental barriers and answer some questions that arise usually when we see somebody travelling long distances unassisted.
SHORT BACKGROUND STORY OF MY LIFE: Born and raised in low-middle class family, in a small 2000 people town, 20km outside of Milan, Italy. My mom was housewife and my dad was selling honey for a company, to provide for the whole family. Public schools all the way up to University. Chose computer engineering. Graduated with average score. I had to work since the age of 15. Small weekend jobs to have some spare cash. At 18 started to work in a consumer electronic shop and a pizza place. By the time I was 24 I saved just enough money to buy myself a plane ticket to Los Angeles. Managed somehow to stay in USA and come back only 3 years later, with no money whatsoever. In 2008, I found a stable job with a renowned IT company, in Milan, Italy. I put my head down and managed to work for 2 years, before quitting my job in 2010 (yes, in the middle of the world economic crisis) and moving to Australia. I left for Australia to find better work conditions and better remuneration (basic italian salaries are very low compared to cost of living). I found a temporary gig in Sydney and then got officially hired, after 6 months, by the same company I was contracted by in the first place. After 2 years, I was done paying and worrying about my residency permits and continued to work as hard as I could for another 3 years. In 2015 I saved enough money to buy myself my dream motorcycle, a camera and had saved enough money to sustain myself for a while. I decided then to quit my job and ride around Australia on my motorcycle. My initial plan was just to ride around the continent and go back to work. After 8 months and a hell of an experience, I decided to continue my journey and go around the world. I shipped my bike from Australia to Chile and started riding around south america. After 1 and a half years, I crossed to central America and started riding around North America. After another year I decided to fly from Canada to Ireland, and started riding around Europe. I left Italy, on my way to Mongolia, in February and rode through the Balkans, when Covid happened. I got stuck in Greece for 4 months and now I am back to my family home near Milan, Italy.
I ride a KTM 1190 adventure 2013 model, which I bought second hand in Australia. Same bike for the whole trip. No mechanical or electrical issues in the whole trip. AMAZING Machine!
Links: IG: www.instagram.com/paolocattaneophoto
EDIT: THANKS FOR THE AMAZING RESPONSE! I need some sleep now but I will continue in the morning. A lot of questions have been answered already so, if I haven't answered you yet is because somebody already asked me that somewhere before. See you in few hours!! And thanks again!
EDIT 2: SO MANY GOOD QUESTIONS! THANKS AGAIN! I'll answer few more than I have to leave unfortunately. Please be mindful of the fact that If I didn't answer you, is most likely because the question has been asked already. Just look for it inside the thread. THANK YOU ALL FOR THE AMAZING SUPPORT!
EDIT 3: THAT'S IT! THANK YOU ALL for this! Happy to have read mostly genuine and interesting questions and encountered very few trolls! :) Hopefully I was able to cover most of the main topics. THANKS AGAIN!!
TILL NEXT TIME!!