David Uriegas

I was born the year of the 92, and I believed I got lucky. I met all of my great-grand parents and all of my grand-parents. If it was not for them, I would not be traveling. Not because they encouraged me to do it, but because they breathe wisdom and knowledge, as well as regrets: I alway wanted to do the most with my life.

I grew up in Mexico City. Ups and downs, just like anybody else. However, I certainly believe I grew up having and cultivating fears and ideas that were not good or healthy: they were not gonna take as far a I was dreaming. I am a curious boy (and a very curious one!), passionate with history, deep thoughts, humans, culture, arts… I am curious about human beings, so traveling was something I always wanted to do. I did my first attempt of traveling solo in the southeast of Mexico when I was 16, but I ended up scared and shocked. I could not handle it.

Once I got to college and start studying history, I was doing great. I was doing something I really love. At the same time, I was developing things inside me that were making me be afraid of many things, like people.
A year and a half later, I decided it was high time to face those fears and change the guy I used to be (a small skinny lad, afraid of people, looks and the future), so I moved to Dublin and started to work in a hotel (with people) — the most scarying job ever! By the end of 2013, I was not done yet, so I decided to push myself to my limits and start traveling – something many said it was going to be impossible for me: from Georgia to Central Europe, without plans, and very little money.

Currently I am staying in Istanbul waiting spring and managing to make a few bucks before I get into Eastern Europe with a cheap old bicycle. I got robbed twice (lost most of my money), got drugged by an old man and nearly raped while hitchhiking… I am not done yet!

You can work pretty much where you want to – on the road, do you find it hard to work or do you just have fun and work when you come back home?

It is true that anyone can work anywhere. Technology is allowing us to do great profitable things around the world, but it is still something that is unknown for many. In my case, I find it quite difficult, not because I cannot do it, but I do not know how to.

I am traveling solo for the first time in my life: walking and hitchhiking from Tbilisi, Georgia, and hoping to make it to Paris or even further - now I am considering to cycle for a while. The thing is, without paying money for any sort of transportation. Given the circumstances of my journeys, I have the risk of getting robbed. It just recently happened to me, and now I have to be a lot more creative to find ways to get some bucks into my pockets! I find it really hard to work. Although I want to, is not that easy for me. But of course I also like to have fun and then work as soon as I get back home.

Do you feel many people are envious of your lifestyle?

I do not know. Many people have told me different things. Some of them show encouragement or discouragement; some cheer me up; some others think I am doing something a lot of people want to do - specially in a developing country like Mexico; and some others show admiration.

I think if someone feels envious about my lifestyle, that person would not share it - I would not! But that is the reason I am traveling: to make people believe that they can if they think/believe they can.

In which countries have people recognised you, even when you thought nobody would?

Well, I have not traveled as many as others have. Last year I moved to Dublin, Ireland, on my own, I thought no one was going to recognise anything about me. I was wrong. Got promoted several times on my job and got very, very encouraged to do what I always dreamt about: traveling. Nonetheless, while walking and hitchhiking in Georgia (the country) and Turkey, many people did not understood what I was doing and why, but they clearly show admiration about me regarded as a really brave young lad.

Which three items would you never travel without?

A notebook, a knife, and an extra pair of socks! — this is a really hard question!

Are there any specific souvenirs or other things you collect from the places you go to?

I am a historian and passionate about religion. Any thing related to religion that is unusual is worth taking back home with me.

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David Uriegas
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