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Travel Couple Farhang & Mursal (@awesomeworldtrip)

Take the easy road or the unbeaten path through the forest? If you know me you’d know I’m always in favor of a little bit of risk with the chance of being surprised with something new. This search for new and surprising experiences appeared on a very young age where I actually got lost a couple times as a little kid of 4 years old in the big city of Kabul and a soldier brought me back to my worried parents 😂
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Even today I find it hard to conform with what society defines as normal. Finish studies, start a career, get married, buy a house, have kids, become successful and one day retire to enjoy life. Logically I’ll ask the question why can’t it be the other way around? What makes me so happy is to have found a partner like Mursal who agrees on all this.
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That being said, it’s not easy taking your own path. When we returned back to Holland after 3 years of traveling, having spent our last dime and without prospective on any form of income, I still had big expectations. I wanted to start my own company as my main job income, live in a beautiful (and unfortunately ridiculously expensive) Canal house in Amsterdam, have a puppy, skateboard to work and be able to escape the winters to places like Goa and Bali.
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Now, 6 months further, I unfortunately come to the conclusion that getting my main income with my startup is not realizable on the short term and I have to get a (part-time) job next to it. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be different 6 months from now. And that is the lifestyle Mursal and I have chosen, because our dreams go further than this. In a few years we want to be able to actually live as world-citizens and not be restricted by time and location and live life to the fullest. Therefore, small setbacks are part of the long term journey. This brings me to one of favorite quotes: ‘Aim for the moon and if you miss, you’ll land among the stars’ ✨✨✨
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#Australia #thoughtsoftheday #lifequote #beautifuldestinations #travellife #inspo #lifelessons #discoverearth #awesomeworldtrip

Travel Couple Farhang & Mursal (@awesomeworldtrip)

Did you know the same family-line lives in this castle for almost a thousand years😲? Who could also live in a building like this?
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While sharing our 2017 travel list, we hope it gave some inspo for all of you for this year. For us, 2018 will be discovering more European destinations and getting ready for our next chapter. Which chapter? Watch our Live Insta Story tomorrow, Sunday 18 Feb, at 13.00/ 1PM CET (Central European Time) and find out 😊
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#Germany #beautifuldestinations #travellife #AGameofTones #Earthfocus #discoverearth #awesomeworldtrip

Travel Couple Farhang & Mursal (@awesomeworldtrip)

✨Create your own Fairytale story✨
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One rule we’d like to live by is by living by our own rules! Why only celebrate love during Valentine’s day? Why only enjoy life on holidays for just a few weeks a year, allowed to you by your employer? Sure, we all have to work hard for our money as we are doing right now, but we’re working on our long-term goal of living our life almost every single day the way we want it.
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Country 10/10; Germany 🇩🇪 Yes, Germany was country 10 of the 10 countries we traveled to in 2017! So in the end, our 2017 travel list is: Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Bali, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, South-Africa, Namibia, Spain and Germany. OK, we’ve also visited Kuala Lumpur and Dubai for a few days of resting during our travels. And we’ve resettled in Amsterdam and explored some places. And sure, in the last months we also visited London, Paris and Rhodes (Greece). But none of those places did we actually explored as travelers nor did we make any photos for insta 😉
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#Germany @beautifuldestinations #beautifuldestinations @instagood #watchthisinstagood #travellife #travellingcouple #travelcouple #Artofvisuals @agameoftones #AGameofTones @Earthfocus #Earthfocus #exploretocreate #lifeofadventure #stayandwander #liveauthentic #roamtheplanet #discoverearth #visualsofearth #romantic #fairytale #fairytales #Travelinspo2018 #awesomeworldtrip

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Getting lost while traveling is a hobby I’m good at 😝Anyone out there who has the same talent?
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Our Mallorca-trip last year was actually a family vacation. Given the fact we were away for 3 years, we really needed this time with our loved ones. For some reason it can feel as if you connect on a total different level as what you do normally at home. That is why these kind of trips are actually one of the best ones. Probably our favourite family vacation was when both our families visited us in India. Until this day we still laugh out loud about all those crazy memories. What is your favourite family holiday destination?
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#Spain #Mallorca #beautifuldestinations #TheGlobeWanderer #PassionPassport #dametraveler #darlingescapes #femmetravel #2018travelinso #awesomeworldtrip

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Country 9/10: Spain (Mallorca) 🇪🇸: Nothing beats the rich history Europe has to offer to travellers. Like these fairytale villages in Spain, where you feel as if you’re entering a movie set and then realising there are actually people living there 😳
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ANNOUNCEMENT; We are going to do a Live Instastory session this Sunday 18-02! Now share with us what you’d like us to talk about? For instance travel stories about a specific country or general get-to-know-us stuff? Shoot away 😊
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#Spain #Mallorca #beautifuldestinations #TheGlobeWanderer #PassionPassport #dametraveler #darlingescapes #femmetravel #2018travelinso #awesomeworldtrip

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Country 8/10 : Namibia 🇳🇦 Namibia is one of those unique countries on earth you can truly feed your wanderlust. Roads disappear into deserts and deserts into the ocean. A place where wildlife is still really wild, not captive within the fences of a park. Camping has an actual risk of being attacked by wildlife, as our camping was ruined in the middle of the night by, oh yes, an elephant 🐘. A place where tribes still hunt to survive. And best of all, it’s still really safe and cities generally have first-world amenities. OK ok, there was a moment when someone pulled a stabbing device and I quickly locked myself in the car... But hey, it remains as they call it in the movie Blood Diamond: TIA (This Is Africa). Namibias’ landscape was without a doubt one of the most unique of all our travels.
#Namibia #desert #roadtrip #drone #travelgoals #awesomeworldtrip

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Country 7/10 : South-Africa 🇿🇦
Cape Town is among those cities that anyone who visits it can’t stop raving about it. Which creates such high expectations you’re almost afraid it probably won’t live up to the hype. Well, not the case for Cape Town ☝🏼It was even better than that! I mean just look at this picture and tell me you’re not baffled. The dramatic Table Mountains in the background, the beautiful villas on the hills and the amazing coastline with sublime beaches in the front. But still, like the rest of South Africa, it comes with a double taste. When you’re driving outside the city centre, you see only black people living in container kind of houses while in the city-centre house prices can be on the same bar as London. As our AirBnB host described it perfectly: Cape Town can feel like a big pink bubble where you can easily forget there is still sever poverty in the outskirts. Let’s only hope South-Africa continues becoming more fair and equal. But for now, this issue shouldn’t be a reason not visiting it as a traveler. Honestly, you’ll be surprised by its beauty ❤️ Ask all your questions about South Africa down here!
#capetown #cities #southafrica #travelgoals #awesomeworldtrip

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Country 7/10 : South-Africa 🇿🇦
Our first time in the African continent. Doing safaris in Africa has been on our bucket list for a long time! Waking up early for that magical sunrise, all ready and set with your binoculars and camera to start your game drive and search for the Big Five. Which btw is not easy at all! We chatted the night before with others travelers where they spotted what and used mobile apps with sightings. And then during the game drive explored areas where others had seen action earlier. When another car was standing still, you knew you should too to spot something. Spotting elephants and giraffes was easy, but lions, cheetahs and leopards was so not! 😅 Some guides don’t even spot them for ages!
A tip for parents; bring your kids to such national parks, it’s so much more fun (and informative) to teach them about wildlife than just bringing them to the local zoo ;) #safari #wildlife #southafrica #travelgoals #awesomeworldtrip #natgeo

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The grandiose Hindukush mountains of Afghanistan ❤️
We noticed we have some Afghan followers from around the world yayy 🤗 So we were actually wondering who of you guys have been back to Afghanistan and how was your experience there (good, bad, why)? Which cities and/or rural areas of our country are you eager to explore if it was safe enough? Also non-afghans can reply ofcourse☺️ #afghans #Afghanistan #ourroots #hindukush #mountains #mothernature #roadlesstraveled #awesomeworldtrip

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Country 6/10 : Tajikistan 🇹🇯 Roadtripping the Silk Road has been a dream for so many years, we still can’t believe we actually did this last year. But we can’t say it was easy. Oh no! There is no Hertz to rent a car. There is no insurance that will help you when a landslide cuts you off from civilized world for days. And what to do when corrupt police officers stop your car at any chance they get to scam you and fine you for nothing. And, hoping our moms don’t read this, what to do when military men stop your car with kalashnikovs and balaclavas or when you get in an argument with indecent locals who try to harass your wife. Yeah, not quite the romantic trip one thinks about when dreaming about the Silk Road. But boy, do we have some crazy stories about this all! So I think we’ll keep them for the Live Stories sessions!

#Tajikistan #SilkRoad #roadtrip #awesomeworldtrip #2018travelgoals

Travel Couple Farhang & Mursal (@awesomeworldtrip)

Country 5/10 : Uzbekistan 🇺🇿 Did you know Uzbekistan has one of the most strict (and annoying) custom border control? They check your complete belongings for everything, you have to turn in your phone and computer and unlock it for them to search through them. Really, never had such an annoying experience. But guess what? We still smuggled some ‘illegal’ stuff into the country and back out😂 Btw, we feel like we have thousands of stories to share and just writing them as a caption doesn’t do justice to it. Youtube videos take ages to film, edit, upload etc (we are a bit lazy sometimes)🙈 Soooooo what do you guys think of LIVE Instagram Story time sessions. Where we’ll share some crazy untold stories and you can say hi and ask anything about a country? Anyone interested?
#uzbekistan #silkroad #putcentralasiabackonthemap #awesomeworldtrip #2018travelgoals

Travel Couple Farhang & Mursal (@awesomeworldtrip)

Country 5/10 : Uzbekistan 🇺🇿 For some reason, these historical places in Uzbekistan had a mythical mystery surrounding it. Here lay the foundation of one of the most significant empires in history. Much of todays’ science, literature, poetry and architectural wonders originated from here, founded during the Timurid dynasty. Up until today, doctors use knowledge out of the Medical Canon written by Avicenna. Up until today, millions visit one of the most stunning architectural wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal (India). Though we perceive ourselves as world citizens, we couldn’t ignore feeling a bit proud of our Central Asian backgrounds. Which with todays events in the region can sometimes be a difficult task. Back home, it was surprising to hear from my grandmother that my roots actually lie in Bukhara, Uzbekistan 😱❤️ Do you know where your roots lie exactly?
#uzbekistan #silkroad #putcentralasiabackonthemap #awesomeworldtrip #2018travelgoals

Travel Couple Farhang & Mursal (@awesomeworldtrip)

✨Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring✨
#awesomeworldtrip #2018travelgoals

Travel Couple Farhang & Mursal (@awesomeworldtrip)

Country 4/10: Bali (Indonesia🇮🇩) 😍 From all those 50+ countries we’ve visited in the last years, Bali is among our favorite where we’d like to settle down for a while. Our short period of stay in this villa while overlooking rice terraces, the healthy superfoods, practising yoga and laughing with one of the most friendly locals ever, was just beyond amazing. TBH we heard some bad stories about the over-touristy stuff in the south of the island, but we just skipped it all and only stayed in Ubud to explore its surroundings. If you’ve never been to Bali yet, it should definitely be on your 2018 travel list.





#Bali #Indonesia #Southeastasia #beautifuldestinations #junglefever #livingabroad #digitalnomad #2018goals #awesomeworldtrip

Travel Couple Farhang & Mursal (@awesomeworldtrip)

Country 3/10: Vanuatu 🇻🇺 Ever since we watched Life of Pi, this sudden urge appeared to explore hidden islands in the Pacific Ocean. In our last post we told you about how the famous Captain Cook was the first European to set foot on land in Vanuatu. Actually he has explored many, former unknown, islands in the Pacific. There is even an island group named after him, the Cook Islands. A lot of other names like the famous Whitehaven beach, Hamilton island and Christmas islands are all named by him and his crew. To be honest, we were both never really fan of the ocean. Both of us have kind of aquaphobia, but it didn’t stop us to try diving, surfing and lots of other activities. In the past, we also weren’t really fans of boats and boat trips. But again, the movie of Life of Pie and exploration stories of Captain Cook suddenly created this urge to explore the Pacific on a boat one day. Have you been to the Pacific already or planning to do so in 2018? ✧




#Vanuatu #islandlife #pacific #beautifuldestinations #earthpics #awesomeglobe #lifeofadventure #roamtheplanet #awesomeworldtrip

Travel Couple Farhang & Mursal (@awesomeworldtrip)

Who would like to switch seats and just hang in this hammock all day long? Just enjoy the nice breeze of tropical winds and staring at the sea thinking: What a wonderful life ❤️ Yes, this was our life for over a week on our own private island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!


Country 3/10: Vanuatu 🇻🇺 You’ve probably never heard about this country, but actually you know it pretty well! Do you remember watching those old movies as a kid about the what seemed to be an uninhabited island, but actually having cannibal locals living there who would cook, eat or sacrifice other human beings in their Volcano? Yes, that was actually based on the stories of Captain Cook when his ships hit land in Vanuatu! Now imagine our moms’ reactions (in Dari): Hech dega keshwar namand ke raften keshwar e adam khora (apologies to our non Afghan followers, but this is just an Afghan mom-saying about cannibalism) Anyways, without scaring you, those times have passed ofcourse and it’s now one of the pearls of the Pacific without the touristy circus what Fiji is known for. We won’t mind booking another ticket soon to this gem.





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Country 2/10: New-Zealand 🇳🇿. The beauty of NZ is not only in its type of nature, it’s how raw and pure it is. When travelling around the world, you can get pretty disappointed how developed the world has actually gotten and how difficult it is to escape into the wild, as we dream about when watching movies and reading books. Though NZ has many, many tourists (especially Germans for some reason🤔), they are all crowded at very specific villages and towns. In between, you can drive for hours without mobile reception and a sign of civilised world. Hiking alone is an actual threat, not because of dangerous or venomous creatures (they are all isolated in Australia😅), but because if you do get lost and/or hurt yourself, you’ll probably won’t get found. There is even a hike in NZ that is one of the most deadly in the world! So if you go travelling into the nature of NZ, especially in the South Island, don’t underestimate its rawness. Even though you are in a developed country, its nature has remained for a good reason pure and beautiful. And when you go, you’ll get astonished. For us, NZ lived up to the hype and probably even more ❤️ #2018 #travelinspo





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Country 2/10: New-Zealand. We’ve seriously had one of our toughest and yet coolest hikes in this country! This particular hike took us half a day; going up was really difficult, because it was so steep and there was no path anymore from a certain point. We were worried to get lost as there were no other travelers around us. Short breaks were necessary to catch breath, but we had to hurry to get there before sunset. The last minutes of climbing to the top were killing, but boy oh boy, check out this view!! It was absolutely gorgeous 😍😍😍 We enjoyed this very moment while I was coughing and almost dying at the same time (you know, short of breath and all that). But we had to hurry back down, it would take us couple of hours to get back to our van! We literally ran down the mountains and spent the last two hours in complete dark through the bush, hearing all kinds of scary animals! Oefff! I was holding on Farhang’s arms the whole time 😜 Would we do it again? Hell yes! Have you ever hiked in the dark? If yes, tell us your adventurous story 🙈


Fact 2: Did you know that while hiking through Arthur’s Pass, you come across some wooden huts where there’s the possibility to make a small bonfire and spend the night? In the middle of nowhere; just you and the sounds of nature 🏞️🌌 And all completely free of charge! Who would dare to spend a night in the mountains completely on their own? ✧





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Country 2/10: New-Zealand. We traveled 3,5 weeks through this enchanting country, doing both the North and Southern Islands! We slept in a campervan in the middle of nowhere, hiked up Lord of the Rings’ evil mount Doom and almost got injured (No, not by Orks) and did all kind of activities in Queenstown which is actually an adrenaline junkie heaven. Leave your questions regarding this country down below! Visas, budget, accommodation, activities, Lord of the Rings locations, flesh-eating flies, wait what? 🤨 ✧

Fact 1: Did you know it’s super common to hitchhike in NZ? Especially when you’re alone and don’t have too much luggage, you could save a lot of money by just 👍🏼





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