Travel Inspiration: Thoughts from Agness Walewinder

Agness at the rice terraces in Banaue, the PhilippinesToday’s interview features Agness, a long-term traveler committed to showing travelers that sticking to a tight budget is possible in most regions of the world. She’s a unique voice in the space as a Polish travel blogger, and she shares her travels and the blog with her best friend Cez. I am pleased to have her here this week to answer our five questions!

1) What do you do?

We travel the world for less than $25 a day while sharing some budget tips on eTramping – our travel website. We wake up in different countries each month, try new things every day, teach English on the road and keep digging into local delicacies.

2) What was your biggest obstacle to traveling and how did you overcome it?

The fear of not having enough money. We both always thought that travelling was a luxury only rich people could afford. As it turned out, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Although we were never supported financially by none of our family members and we did not have possessions either, we decided to go travelling and started working on the road. During the past 3 years we were English teachers in China which allowed us to save up to $18.000 a year still travelling around China and Asia, web designers in Cambodia and Social Media advisors in Thailand.

3) What are you most excited about right now?

At this moment, we are excited about spending summer with our friends and family members in Europe. It’s been over one year since we saw them. We are also planning on visiting Portugal, Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands and writing budget guides to some of the most interesting European cities.

Manila, Philippines

4) What’s next for you?

At the moment, we are thinking of writing our next e-Book in which we will share our knowledge and experience on how to be a successful blogger and travel the world for less than $25. We will start working on it next month and we hope it will be published at the end of this year (fingers crossed).

We have already published one e-Book titled Add Your Brick to the Great Wall: Experience-based Advice for China from Expats. It is addressed to anyone who is interested in teaching English and travelling across China and contains valuable tips and in-depth information on how to apply for a job and your working visa, how to adapt to a new environment after your arrival and where to travel.

5) What’s a cause you’re passionate about and why?

We are passionate about helping others discover China and follow our footsteps. There are many people out there who would love to teach English , travel and live like locals in the Land of Dragons, but they still face many obstacles they need to overcome before deciding to leave their comfort zone and start new (adventurous) life they always dreamed about. We love to give people first-hand and recent experiences and tips on Chinese education system, working conditions and  living standards, so they can see it’s much easier than they think.

A big thanks to Agness for sharing her successes and projects; if you’d like to connect or find out more about her recent travels, you can find her:

On Twitter
eTramping travel blog

We regularly feature inspiring travelers who have taken the leap into travel as a part of our travel inspiration interview series. If you’re a traveler keen on being profiled here, sign up for an OHW account and fill in your profile — then shoot Shannon an email (shannon at ohheyworld dot com).

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Shannon O'Donnell

A storyteller and knowledge-seeker captivated by the world. Formally an actress and web-nerd, I left in 2008 to travel solo, volunteer, and hunt down delicious vegetarian eats all over the world. She recently published "The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook, and her travel stories and photography are recorded on her world travel blog, A Little Adrift.

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