Iosu and Alberto are two fellow travelers. Always faithful to the philosophy “you don’t have to go bankrupt to travel”, these two young mens have known how to get lost in places like Nelpal and Bhutan in Asia, Egypt or, without a doubt, South America (where they currently travel) immortalizing all these moments in their video series.

Since last July, Alberto and Iosu have been exploring the most amazing corners of Colombia, immersing themselves in cultures such as the Wayuu, enjoying dreamy hot springs or discovering those sunsets that make the world stop. Your next stop? Brazil…

What would you say to someone who has never backpacked before to convince them to go for it?

Traveling is dreaming with open eyes, living twice in one life. Backpacking is definitely something that everyone should do in their life at some point. It is a way of traveling more in contact with people and with the reality of the places you visit. It helps you grow as a person and get to know yourself better through the situations you face. In addition, cultures and different ways of thinking and living are discovered, it opens your mind and makes you more tolerant.

In your travels you stay in hostels, what is the best thing about this experience?

We like to travel using hostels to stay. An essential part of the trip is lived there, the contact with other travelers and backpackers like us. There is an invisible bond or link that unites us, a style of travel, like a backpacker DNA. In the end, it is the people who make the trip for you, those who share their experiences and those who guide you by giving advice on the places they have visited and that are worthwhile.

What is the funniest anecdote that has happened to you in a hostel? (one each!)

Alberto: When one travels, hostels are an incessant focus of stories that happen during the trip. I remember fondly when during one of my forays through Asia we arrived at night at a kind of hostel in a small town whose name I don’t even remember. It had been a long day of travel and all we wanted was a bed where we could rest and recharge our batteries. Soon they told us what our room would be.

The room was quite picturesque, with Buddhist figures, candles and a somewhat peculiar layout (things that fall within the predictable when one travels on this continent). There were two mattresses on the floor and a certain smell of incense, but we were so tired that we arrived and fell asleep without giving the matter any more importance. The next morning, a strong smell of incense woke me up, and while I was stretching, I saw 3 ladies kneeling between us. I startled rubbing my eyes several times until I could make sense of the scene, and finally I understood that those ladies were praying. Finally we would discover that the hostel was full, and that room was a kind of chapel that had been given to us due to the lack of available rooms.

Iosu : It has happened to me several times. A few years ago when I was doing the Pan American I ran into a boy in a hostel in Bogotá for a few seconds. A month and a half later I ran into him again at the entrance of a museum in La Paz (Bolivia). Maurizio, an Italian photographer who was touring America like me, stopped me and said: We’ve met before, haven’t we? That fleeting encounter led to sharing the next month and a half trip to Argentina, at the time we met in London, he has collaborated on Mochileros TV with his photographs and a few days ago we couchsurfed at his house in La Candelaria in Bogotá where he currently lives. The trip gives you many friends along the way.

When you travel, what do you base on when choosing a hostel?

We like to experiment with different types of hostels. But surely things we look at when choosing a hostel is its location (not necessarily central, but well connected), the safety of the area in which it is located and its environment.

You have just toured Colombia; If you had to choose three things from this country, what would they be?

One of the things that we have liked most about Colombia has undoubtedly been its people. Of the many countries we have visited before, we have been struck by the hospitality and friendliness of Colombians. Undoubtedly one of the main values ​​of this country. Also, unlike other destinations here we share the language which allowed us to have a closer contact. Other things to highlight are the diversity that can be found in Colombia, with wonderful landscapes, ranging from mountainous and desert areas to other areas of sun and beach in the Caribbean. Gastronomy is another of its strong points with typical dishes such as the paisa tray, or the ajiaco.

What three things should never be missing in the bag of a true backpacker? 

There are many important things when it comes to packing a backpack, but what we backpackers consider essential and we can never go without are: earplugs (which are very useful when sharing a room in a hostel or surviving trips on where the music is too loud or the environment is too noisy), a sweater (extremely useful to protect us from the air conditioning on long bus, train or plane journeys) and of course toilet paper (which one always forgets when putting together the backpack but the one you always remember at some point during the trip).

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