This edition of What’s in My Backpack features an interview with Agness and Cez, two best friends and the guys behind eTramping, Fittravelling or RunAgnessRun.

So tell us about you?

We’re two friends who just happen to enjoy travelling about as much as each other’s company. We’ve both held down typical 9-5’s (Cez was even working as a banker before), but we decided that what we wanted wasn’t to work behind a desk, but to explore the world, and share our experiences with all of you guys!

What’s in My Backpack: Interview with Agness and Cez

Where are you now?

We’re currently based in Gdansk in our home country of Poland, but that doesn’t mean that we stay here that long.

Most recently we headed off on a trip around Europe (several, in fact, totalling over 20,000 km).

We keep updating our Instagram with the locations where we are and where we’re heading soon. So make sure to take a peek!

What got you into travelling?

We both wanted to experience new things. I (Agness) decided to go venture to China after graduating in the UK, while I had the travel bug for pretty much my whole life.

Cez, however, was the steady Eddy type of person who got so inspired by “Alexander Supertramp” that he followed my footsteps.

The experiences we had since then just made us want to make it a lifestyle, instead of going through the same motions every day.

What’s in My Backpack: Interview with Agness and Cez

Describe your travel style/preferred way to travel?

We started out as budget travellers, making our way anywhere we could on as little money as possible (yes, you can do Tokyo for less than $25 a day).

Our budget isn’t as tight as it used to be anymore, but we still like to try and keep our costs low. We tend to find that it encourages us to get the most out of our trips, and we almost always end up finding incredible spots we otherwise would have missed.

Now, it’s all about an adventure for us. Just like we want to visit all of the countries in the world, from North Korea to Antarctica, we also want to have all of the different possible experiences, from rock climbing to skydiving, and everything in between. If it’s unique and intense, it’s surely for us!

What is it you like best about travelling?

The constant change, adaptation, and unforgettable people and experiences on the way. Oh, and food, we shouldn’t forget to mention the food 😀

How do you fund your travels?

When we started, we were funding our travels ourselves teaching English in China. Later, when our blog was getting noticed by increasing number of people, many businesses began working with us, and now we can travel full-time. It’s not as complicated as most people believe to earn money while travelling, you just need to want to do that.

What’s in My Backpack: Interview with Agness and Cez

City/place visited the most and why?

Time-wise, we have probably spent the most time in China. That’s largely because I was working there as an English teacher.

It was also probably one of the best places to make a start on travel blogging too. It’s very central in Asia, making it easy to visit other places, and it’s also got a lot of interesting places itself.

The most memorable trip you’ve had so far?

North Korea, without a doubt. It was just completely different than we expected. Sure, we had to take a guided tour, but the city of Pyongyang wasn’t at all what we thought it would be.

We reckon it will probably be replaced as the most memorable trip when we go to Antarctica though.

What’s in My Backpack: Interview with Agness and Cez

Best hotel/guesthouse/hostel stayed at?

One of the best places we’ve ever stayed would probably have to be the Goodmorning Hostel in Lisbon. Four years ago I stayed there with my mom, and last month Cez stayed there with Lydia of LydiaScapes.

Both times we felt very welcome, the hostel staff are super friendly and extrovert, and they do everything to get everyone together to make it all about the experience, and not just a place to sleep.

For example, in the morning you get a free breakfast at a huge table together with everyone, while the staff member prepares it and gets the conversations going. In the evenings, there’s free booze for everyone to help people socialise. While we don’t drink, it’s still nice to interact with people who feel a bit more relaxed and confident.

What’s backpack/luggage do you use?

For us, it’s always about travelling light. In the beginning, we travelled with backpacks only, with the sizes gradually decreasing as we gained experience.

Then we moved to high-quality suitcases so that there’s less to carry on our backs.

Of course, we always have a daypack to make sure once we check in at our accommodation we don’t have to go hiking, or around the city, with the suitcases.

Travel essentials you couldn’t leave home without?

That would certainly be the laptops, which enable us to work on the go and travel further. Then, it’s the exercise clothes so that we can do a workout every day.

Last, but certainly not the least, the passports, but that’s kind of cliche.

What’s in My Backpack: Interview with Agness and Cez

Favourite travel gadget or gadgets?

Smartphones! Apart from the maps, ways to communicate, and work on the go, they take pictures. With the ever improving technologies, soon travelling without a smartphone will be like travelling without a backpack. Actually, it’s more likely for us to go exploring with the backpack as long as we’ve got our phones on us.

How about apps?

We love Pepo. We use it a lot to tell people about our most recent experiences. It takes time to put together quality content for the website, so in the meantime, we always make sure to update our social media accounts, and Pepo is probably our favourite.

One product you ditched, donated or destroyed?

Despite saying that they’re travel essentials, we have destroyed and ditched a LOT of SD cards during our travels.

They just aren’t as hardy as you would expect them to be, and when you’re moving from place to place and they’re being pulled in, and out of a camera so frequently, they tend to end up a little worse for wear.

What’s in My Backpack: Interview with Agness and Cez

Any travel tips you want to share?

I think it’s really easy to end up picking up bad habits when you travel as much as we do. We especially find this accurate when it comes to getting lazy because you just don’t have much energy.

Our top tip would probably be to make sure to keep your energy levels up as much as possible.

Finally, where are you off to next/in the future?

Next year, we’re planning on heading to Antarctica, and we’re super looking forward to it. We just got back from Belarus, Kenya, and a road trip around Europe.

Next?

We don’t want to spill this out yet; you’d have to follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram.

22 Comments

  • Tatiana
    Posted May 17, 2018

    Hi Cez, Lydia, Agness and Agness mom!

    Thank you so much for being part of Goodmorning Hostel lisbon experience! We loved having you here 🙂

  • Cristina
    Posted February 12, 2018

    I love discovering new bloggers and this interview was fascinating. How amazing to have been able to visit North Korea!

  • Ella
    Posted February 11, 2018

    Interesting interview! I definitely need to get better at budget travel. I always try to keep costs down but somehow they always seem to spiral out of control. Antarctica will be an incredible country to explore. I’ve not seen any posts on it yet so I’d love to hear how they find it 🙂

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted February 19, 2018

      I don’t know about you Ella, but I find it’s easier sticking to a budget when travelling solo. Its always when I’m on a with my partner or in a group that I struggle.

      • Agness
        Posted May 18, 2018

        I partially agree with you, Barry. On one hand, I do spend more money on food and entertainment when I travel with a partner (we tend to eat out together more often in much better places and there are always some activities around to go for each evening/every weekend), but on the other hand, I share the bill, can split the cost of accommodationg/petrol/car or a scotter rental and control each other’s budget to make sure we don’t spend too much.

  • WhodoIdo
    Posted February 11, 2018

    It’s great to read how two best friends have travelled so many places together and have worked hard to get to where they are. I’ve not heard of the ‘we love pepo’ app – might need to look into that. Antarctica would be a dream! We love our road trips too and haven’t road tripped round Europe yet. That’s on our list. Great interview!

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted February 19, 2018

      Agreed – I think Antarctica would be the trip of a lifetime!

    • Agness
      Posted May 18, 2018

      Thank you, WhodoIdo, for a lovely comment. I really appreciate Cez as my travel companion and it feels great to travel together as best friends.

  • Eric Gamble
    Posted February 10, 2018

    Great interview of Agness & Cez. Cant wait to see their adventures to Antarctica as it is definitely on my bucket list too!
    Love that they remind people to keep energy up. Probably helps that they always pack workout clothes. When Darcee & I travel, we are similar in that we always look for ways to save $$ on lodging in exchange for better experiences later. So that often is in a nicer hostel like the one in Lisbon they mentioned. But I find in hostels, I get quite lazy with the free breakfast, lack of gym, and bar so accessible. Thus I dont exercise ever and get quite lethargic and even start down the path of weight gain! Need to keep that in check.
    Hope to one day meet these two in our travels! What a great adventure they are having!

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted February 19, 2018

      Don’t worry Eric, I love the free breakfast in hostels/hotels too! I’m quite disciplined though and always bring along a pair of running shoes + workout shorts/t-shirt when I travel.

    • Agness
      Posted May 18, 2018

      Thanks, Eric. Try to encourage Darcee and yourself to go on a quick morning run before you dig into your breakfast and maybe go for a walk during the lunch time. 🙂 Enjoy your travels together X

  • Postcard Stories
    Posted February 10, 2018

    These people are an inspiration! I always love to read stories like this, when people leave the usual lives for an adventure 😀

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted February 19, 2018

      Great to hear you enjoyed the read!

    • Agness
      Posted May 18, 2018

      Thanks! Sending some digital love your way!! <3

  • Fairuz
    Posted February 10, 2018

    This is a great interview. It gives an insight and tips for those who aspire to travel more (and do less of the 9-5 routine). Also, this is the first time I’ve heard of Pepo. I think it’s a great alternative to Instagram, which I find too saturated.

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted February 19, 2018

      Same here, its the first time I’ve come across Pepo. But I’m keen to look more into it.

  • Denny George
    Posted February 9, 2018

    It is always great to listen to and learn from the experiences of other travellers. Thank you for doing this interview and putting this up for our benefit.

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted February 19, 2018

      It sure is Denny. Glad you enjoyed reading about Agness and Cez’s adventures.

    • Agness
      Posted May 18, 2018

      Happy to hear you’ve enjoyed reading it 🙂 X

  • Agness and Cez / eTramping
    Posted February 5, 2018

    It was a pleasure being part of this interview and answering such intriguing and great questions. Thanks for having us here and we hope that your readers will enjoy the interview and feel inspired. 🙂

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted February 7, 2018

      No problem guys – great to have you featured on the blog!

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