Kaspars and Una are a traveling couple from Latvia. In October 2013, after giving away all their belongings and leaving their jobs, they went on a 5 months cycling adventure across India and remain travelling till now. Follow their adventures on We Are From Latvia or Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.
What do you think you would be doing if you were not on the road now?
Kaspars: I think I would be doing the same job – working as internet communication manager for the same company where I was working before and which is one of the best companies where to work in Latvia. I probably would run more often and for longer distances.
Una: Well, I would be working in the same telecommunication company which I really enjoyed! Probably we would go on two-week vacation abroad twice a year. Maybe I would buy a better car than I had.
How do you share your work while travelling? Who does what?
Kaspars: I do about 70% of work on our blog and Una 30%. Together we make a plan for upcoming articles. We both write and make interviews, but I’m the one who does most of the technical work and promotion since I’m used to it thanks to my marketing background.
Una: I have to add Kaspars also takes care of our stomachs, because I hate cooking. I am a dreamer and I like planning our trips, looking for the best flight deals and thinking about places we will visit though.
How do you take decisions together for next destinations?
Kaspars: We never plan too much. If a place sounds an interesting destination, we just go there. We hitchhiked from Malaysia to Singapore with no idea about the local currency and where we could stay overnight. The same happened with our 5 month cycling adventure across India. We just thought it could be interesting to do it and it was.
We want to return to Asia this winter and continue exploring the continent and afterwards we’d love to visit Australia, New Zealand and South America, too.
Una: Once we know which part of the world we want to visit, I like to look for the best ways to get there. I do research about countries and places we could visit. But I hardly ever create a proper itinerary. Because if you plan too much, you get a feeling that you have already been there.
Are there any personality changes that you can observe on yourself and on your partner since you have hit the road?
Kaspars: I feel I am calmer in stressful situations. I’ve learned to focus more on what I’m doing. And it’s easier to make decisions for me, too. I’m learning to let things go, to be less attached to things, and it’s going well.
I like seeing Una more confident about herself and also about everything being possible. When we travelled first time abroad, I was the one who did most of the planning and organization, I was the one saying ‘yes, we can do it, we can travel’! Now we are a team.
Una: I feel that I am less afraid of doing new things. I like to go to new places and start “the new life” again and again. It makes me more flexible and the life is more interesting. Before I was afraid of changes.
Now I have no problems to ask something to a complete stranger and it’s not a problem for me to start a conversation with people I’ve never met. Also after cycling in crazy traffic in India I feel more confident when driving a car and a bicycle.
Living and travelling together 24/7 may bring stressful moments related to disagreements, changes of mood or misunderstandings. How do you cope with these situations?
Kaspars: If we are in stressful situation, we try to support each other. But when we have an argument, we just don’t speak for an hour or two. And then, only when we are calm, we discuss it.
Una: Yes, Kaspars is right. And thanks to traveling we know each other even better. I like to say that we know each other crap, and when stressful situation makes one of us act in a weird way, the other stays calm and helps out.
Which is the most beautiful moment you are glad you have experienced together?
Kaspars: For me it’s travelling altogether. Countless sunrises and sunsets in India, month spent living by the ocean in Goa, 3 months on a tropical island in Malaysia, busy Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong, 3 months living in a castle in France.
Una: I can only agree with Kaspars. This whole adventure is something really amazing. Something we both were scared of at the beginning, and something we fell in love with later.
Can you tell us about one crazy or risky thing you’ve done while traveling that you would and one that you wouldn’t want to repeat again?
Kaspars: Going on a first time long term travel to cycle across India for 5 months with no plan and route. A lot of people said it was crazy and risky, but we did it anyway. It was rewarding experience, but one time was enough. We will return to India one day, but not with bicycles. At the same time I would like to repeat long term cycling trip in another country.
Una: I’m not so eager to repeat neither cycling across India, nor long term cycling for now. But I would repeat going on an adventure without a big research and plan (hiking across a country or travelling on a motorcycle across a continent).