Tomislav lost his job in 2008 and his life totally changed: He started traveling, he has been in over 50 countries, and he spend 8 euros per day (PHOTO)

"My means of travel changed over time, but the best memories come from the travels when I had very little money and I had to use alternative ways - hitchhiking, couch surfing, camping, volunteering"

Every man likes to travel and he is always looking for a way to learn the world around him a bit better. There are a lot of possibilities, and it takes just a little effort, but those little experiences and memories we get in return can't be measured with any kind of money. We are testing our selves through those adventures and we learn to live our life to the fullest. Tomislav Perko (32) from Zagreb is thinking in that way, and he is constantly traveling around the world. 

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He is writing a blog about his adventures, and he wrote two books - "1000 days of spring" and "1000 days of summer". He gives lectures to people who are trying to motivate themselves and to change their lives.

He used to work as a broker, but he lost his job during the economic crisis in 2008. He struggled a lot to find a new goal in life, and then he opened his home for the people who are traveling and they always stayed with him when they were visiting Croatia.

Then he started traveling and he intends to work as long as he can. Many word media wrote about this brave and unusual guy, and he is trying to push his limits as far as possible during every possible travel.

He spoke for Telegraf.rs about his adventures, experiences, and people he had the opportunity to meet. The support of the family really means a lot to him, and he said that it's not hard to travel and that it can all be done under very affordable conditions.

Foto: Tomislav Perko

  • How did you come up with the idea to travel? From where is all that love coming from?

The idea was always present, as it is with most people I presume - we all have that innate desire to explore, to reveal something new. But it became strong while I met people who traveled themselves and listening to their stories. The curiosity was stronger than feeling safe, I went away - and I kept going.

  • What countries have you been to?

I have been to around 40-50 countries on five continents.

  • What place left the greatest impression on you?

All of the places combined - every place has its own story, and at the last, the places are not as important as the experience you had there, who you met, what you learned.

Foto: Tomislav Perko

  • What experience from the travels burned deeply into your memory?

Seven years of traveling have as a result a difficulty to pick just one situation that was burned in my memory because something unusual happened every day, exciting and gorgeous. A man learns not to rank stuff, events, people, and situations but to appreciate everything as a whole.

Foto: Tomislav Perko

  • Describe the most interesting person you had the opportunity to meet?

Although there were a lot of interesting people on the road, perhaps, Istvan was one of the most interesting ones - the man in his fifties, and he has been traveling for the past thirty. He only had a guitar, a passport, clothes that were on him and a toothbrush.

He plays and sings in several different languages, he knows a lot about life, and you can see on his face that he is simply enjoying in simplicity and modesty of his existence.

Foto: Tomislav Perko

  • Do you like traveling alone or in a company?

Both versions are good - when you are alone you can do whatever you want, to go wherever you want, with whenever you want. You are forced to meet more local residents, so sooner or later, you will start speaking some foreign language, and similar.

When you have company it's good because you have someone besides you to share good and bad experiences, and you just don't have to answer the usual questions - what's your name, where are you from, what do you do, where are you going, and similar. But more important than questions, traveling alone or with someone is the knowledge that it is important not to wait for other people to do things you wish to do in your life.

Foto: Tomislav Perko

  • What is your favorite way of traveling? Is it expensive to travel? Give some advice to our readers.

My means of travel changed over time, but the best memories come from the travels when I had very little money and I had to use alternative ways - hitchhiking, couch surfing, camping, volunteering and similar. That way, I traveled for under 10 dollars per day and I had the time of my life. 

Foto: Tomislav Perko


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