This week we also want to introduce you to the newest member of our team, Ionut, who grew up in Transylvania but has joined us in Berlin from Beijing (on his way to Phnom Penh)! Ionut is known for his epic bike trips across Asia as well as his lethal homemade schnapps.
What do you do at Triposo?
I use alien technology and some bits of sorcery to build awesome travel guides. I’m also the chief carpentry advisor.
Where do you call 'home'? Where have you lived?
I’m currently a nomad. Home is wherever I am at the moment, but I will probably spend my time commuting between Phnom Penh and Berlin. The place I would most likely call “home” if asked is Beijing, where I spent a non-negligible part of my life.
How did you get the travel bug?
Probably when I first traveled to Germany alone. I was 12 years old and I went by bus from my hometown in Romania. This was before the Schengen Agreement, so there were lots of borders to cross. I don't really know how I managed to cross so many borders at that age without being accompanied by a parent.
Biking the ~2000km from Lijiang (Yunnan province, China) to Vientiane (Laos) was probably the most amazing.
Where do you dream of travelling to?
Turkey, Middle East, Central Asia and biking on the Tibetan plateau (West Sichuan, Qinghai).
What's the best travel advice you were given?
Enjoy the ride.
What do you always take when on the road?
Aeropress, GPS recorder, passport, cash and common sense.
What do you collect from your travels?
Experiences, memories, friends, bank notes and Chinese train tickets.