Around the world on a Vespa

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  1. s_gogos

    s_gogos ...vespaholic!

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    Around the world on a Vespa


    - The route -

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    That's me...

    - About me -

    Hello folks!
    My name is Stergios, I'm from Greece and on October 27th 2013 I started traveling around the world (I hope) on my tiny Vespa PX200 scooter. I was born in 1987 and I've spent 2 years studying to be a car / motorcycle mechanic, in my hometown Thessaloniki. For the last few years I had been working as a waiter in cafes and restaurants. To tell you the truth, that had been my occupation for more than the last few years due the crisis, but I really liked my job!

    - The decision -

    I guess you are interested in learning why I decided to travel on my Vespa…Ok, I’ll tell you! I was a bit tired staying in Greece doing nothing but drinking “frappe” coffee on the beach. I always had in mind doing a big journey, something crazy that would take me away from the Greek miserable reality. From the moment I first rode my Vespa, I knew that something had changed in me. My first trips were in Europe and I always managed to make it somehow: I was working, so every summer, I could have some savings and some free time. But gradually, things became more difficult: I was still working but I couldn't manage to have neither enough savings, nor enough free time! The “best” thing happened to me in 2012 when my salary at the pizzeria I was working that time, miraculously decreased at 210 euros per month! Additionally to that, the relations between me and my friends changed because we found out that the way we think about life is completely different and we couldn't communicate anymore (I can’t stand hearing the phrase: “Praise God that you can at least have that few money and do not complain about anything…”). But the worst thing was the gold mines in my home town…the Greek government decided without asking or at least discussing about it first, to sell at ridiculously low prices the public land around my hometown (Skouries, Halkidiki) to a mining industry, without taking into account the people or the huge environmental problems that this “investment” would cause. Suddenly, everything in my life was a mess, so I took the decision to go! The original plan wasn’t to be by myself, Giorgos and Thanos, two friends of mine would also follow. Unfortunately, due to personal reasons Giorgos never started the journey and Thanos abandoned it after some time. The day we started to plan the trip, we had about 20 euros in our pockets but we were really lucky! Not only did I manage to make some money by selling almost everything I had (my bicycle and my other small motorcycle, my previous cell phone, etc…), but just before we left, I also took back some money owed to me from long ago! That was it: on the 27th of October 2013, I was on my Vespa beginning my big adventure and riding towards Africa!

    - The vehicle -

    I have a 2003 Vespa PX200, 2 stroke engine, one cylinder, air-cooled, 200 cc’s. I bought it second hand on 2006 for 1,500€ just to go to my work and back home without waiting for hours in the traffic, but after the first rides outside the city I got really addicted in traveling. Once I got on my Vespa I felt the ultimate freedom that only a motorcycle can offer. The funny thing is that before I bought the Vespa I used to “hate” motorcycles! The bike had around 71,500 miles on the clock before the start of this trip, and it had traveled in several road conditions such as snow, dirt and tar roads, and also on tracks doing some racing. My Vespa had never broken down and every single component was working properly so I never had to put a hand inside the engine. The only thing I have been doing until today, is to change the oil, the spark plug, clean the air filter and go! That's why I love 2 strokes. Simple engine, simple to maintain, simple to fix.

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    That's my Vespa PX200

    - The plan -

    The plan is simply to travel all around the world! One day I’ll be back home. But I don't know when. My plan isn't to migrate, it’s to travel. Our “nice” Prime Minister (Antonis Samaras, EX-PRIME MINISTER as from the 25th of January!!!), by following all these policies of austerity, offered me the chance to travel, so I grabbed it! During the last 11 months of preparing the journey I sometimes felt worried (I almost canceled it a few days before I go) because trying to survive in Greece started to seem more adventurous than traveling around the world! I don’t know exactly when I will return. It depends on my budget (the thinner my wallet gets, the closer I’ll be to Greece) and on my personal goals. If I don’t feel fulfilled by my journey anymore, I’ll stop it. Until this moment, my journey is the most powerful experience I’ve ever had!


    - Budget -

    People are asking me how do I finance my trip and where do I find the money to pay for my accommodation, the petrol and the food that I need. Many of them think that in order to do such a big trip you need to be a millionaire. Big mistake! Not only I’m not a millionaire but at the time I took the decision to start this adventure I was actually unemployed, with literally no money in my pockets.
    So how is it possible?
    First of all, I sold all the small and unnecessary things I had (a bicycle, my old mobile phone, some motorcycle cloths and accessories and another motorcycle I had – a 2001 Aprilia rs250). Then I was very lucky and I finally took a scholarship from my technical school after a five years delay (!) and some money as severance pay, all thanks to my beloved government. But the most important of all is that I try to keep all of my expenses in a very low level! Usually, I prefer to sleep in my tent, I always travel in low speeds so that my scooter consumes less petrol (the average fuel consumption is around 3.3L/100km or 71 US MPG) , I try to have only the absolutely necessary things with me and be as lightweight as possible (I’m not the best in this part but I’m working on it!) and most of the time, I cook my own food on a petrol stove avoiding all the fancy restaurants. So all the money that I spent and all of my expenses for the first 438 days I had been traveling through Africa were 5,491€ in total or 12.53€ per day!
    I'm going to upload all my expenses in detail soon...


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    Thanks for reading!!!
    Stergios
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  2. rusty44

    rusty44 Been here awhile

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    Great Start !!!!!!

    I lived in West Africa in the 70's.....Great people !!!!!


    Looking forward to more....Alan
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  3. s_gogos

    s_gogos ...vespaholic!

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    Thanks!!
    People in West Africa are really great, indeed!!
    I' ve got the best memories from there!!!
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  4. drag123

    drag123 Been here awhile

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    Nice trip so far Stergios. Are you planning to Come to Canada if you do you have a place to stay and a Garage with tools for your vespa.

    Kalo taxidi:clap
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  5. armadilloathens

    armadilloathens Adventurer

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    Μπράβο καρντασι τρελλανε τους ολους
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  6. ishmac

    ishmac Been here awhile

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    wOOw such dedication....! Your photography is simply BRILLIANT....!


    Best wishes;
    Peter
    Central Scotland
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  7. s_gogos

    s_gogos ...vespaholic!

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    Thank you very much for your comment and for your offer! Yes, Canada is in my plans. I don't know when, but be sure I'll let you know.

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    Thank you!!
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  8. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    wow.
    unbelievable photos.
    much appreciated.

    :clap
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  9. motolover

    motolover rookie

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    I had a Vespa like this one from 82 till 2000. Clocked 100.000km on it and all that was done was every year spark plug change and oil change. Fantastic bike to travel with, I envy you. [​IMG]
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  10. cristiano

    cristiano Been here awhile

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    Great pictures!

    And I love Vespa!
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  11. Oznay

    Oznay Been here awhile

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    WOW! What a journey,I'll be following along,super pics:clap:clap
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  12. Scubalong

    Scubalong Long timer

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    You are Mad........:eek1
    I like it :clap:clap:clap
    Great photos, thanks for sharing your cRaZy Adventure :thumb
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  13. cabanza

    cabanza Danger Rider

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    Simply amazing. I look forward to more!
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  14. RobBD

    RobBD Been here awhile

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    Great photos - cold beer and tools when you get this far Stergios.
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  15. ibar132

    ibar132 Adventurer

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    καλο δρομο αδερφε!!!
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  16. KTM 950S

    KTM 950S Been here awhile

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    This is an amazing life experience...
    Hope u enjoy every moment of your travel...
    Thanks for posting and give us the chance to "travel with you" with your beautiful photos...
    :clap:clap:clap
    (κερναω παγωμενη μπυρα στη Χαλκιδικη οταν επιστρεψεις...):freaky:freaky:freaky
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  17. johnnybgood8

    johnnybgood8 Been here awhile

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    Im in :clap
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  18. hugemoth

    hugemoth Big Brother is watching you!

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    Great ride report so far!

    I've done a lot of touring on old 2 stroke Vespas over the years and it's good to see others continuing to do epic trips on these great machines.
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  19. fiveover

    fiveover On Any Saturday

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    I'm in!
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  20. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    Awesome:clap:clap I'm looking forward to more.
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