10 Things I Have Learnt When Traveling with Cez- My Best Friend

4 years

That’s 208 weeks and 1460 days

This is how long I have known Cez for (back in 2012 – now it’s much longer!)

Two People Snorkeling showing it's ok
Snorkeling in Egypt in 2011

10 months

That’s 43 weeks and 304 days

This is how long I have been traveling with Cez for (once again, that’s in 2012)

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Hong Kong, Summer 2012. Knackered and sleepy, but still happy!


That’s how old Cez is today (19 October 2012)

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Someone’s getting older. Cez and his birthday cake

Yes, it’s Cez’s birthday today. I know he doesn’t want people to remember it, but I didn’t forget and I probably never will. Today’s the day when it’s time not only to say Happy Birthday Wishes:

Wish you all the best, more adventures on the road, more traffic on our website and more places crossed out on your bucket list!

But also to say Thank You:

Thanks for making me laugh, calling me a “peanut butter” monster and being so patient with me when taking photos. Thanks for traveling with me, looking after me when I’m sick on the road and saying “Chin up!” when we run out of money but we still want to travel.

Since today is Cez’s birthday, I thought it would fit to share 10 things I have learnt from him, during our travels in Asia, to show other people that there’s nothing better than sharing your emotions, observations and fears with your best friends.

#1 Impossible’s nothing

Cez keeps telling me that if I really want to do something, I can do it. Nobody and nothing can stop me. Thanks to that, I started feeling more confident and believing in myself. We managed to travel under $25 in Hong Kong which is considered one of the most expensive cities in the world and cycle the full length of Vietnam in 54 days.

Kayaking in Ha Long, Vietnam, Summer 2012
Kayaking in Ha Long, Vietnam, Summer 2012

#2 You can do any job you want in your life

Cez’s a very flexible guy when it comes to changing his job or work preferences. One day he can be a butcher in UK and the week after he is a teacher in China. He quickly adjusts to work and living environment. He taught me that I don’t necessary need to stick to one job, I can do other things I always wanted to do and develop myself in various fields. Look at me now… I am a blogger and a web designer now!

Gibraltar, Spain, 2011
Gibraltar, Spain, 2011

#3 Money’s never a problem even if you have $400 in the pocket and want to travel the world

When we run out of money, Cez never panics. “Not to worry. We’ll figure it out”- he says and the day after we work on some projects we get paid for. He came to Asia 10 months ago with 400 bucks and did not starve, so he proved his point.

Lhasa, Tibet, May 2012
Lhasa, Tibet, May 2012

#4 Select your friends carefully

When it comes to friendship, I care more about quality than quantity. Cez has taught me that I shouldn’t trust all people. Especially when traveling and being a girl. I don’t know how, but he knows things are going to happen before they do. Thanks to this and his advice I didn’t get in trouble although the trouble was coming my way several times.

Hong Kong, Summer 2012
“Always stay cool” he says. Hong Kong, Summer 2012

#5 Haggle hard

If someone asked me who the inventor of bargaining is, I would say CEZ. He is a master of haggling and negotiations. I’m still too soft and can’t haggle hard, but I am learning! If not for Cez, it couldn’t be possible to travel full length of Vietnam spending around $8 a day per person.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia 2012
“We just need a water to survive!” Siem Reap, Cambodia 2012

#6 Less is more

I used to take two suitcases full of clothes and cosmetics for one week holiday. Although he started his journey well overpacked, he soon learned the ways and started to teach me. Now, all we need is no more than 5 kg each, however long we are going for! I also apply this rule in my personal life.

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“This is going to be my culinary journey” said 1000 times in Sri Lanka, 2012

#7 If you can count, count on yourself

I’ve learnt that people sometimes fail to help you, actually quite a lot. It’s very disappointing but it teaches a lot. Cez didn’t get much support from anyone to get to where he is now and strongly believes that the only one person you should rely on is yourself. He says people are more likely to use you rather than help you. Sad, but true.

Vietnam, Mekong Delta, Summer 2012
“I have no idea where we are, but we can sleep here in this corner” Vietnam, Mekong Delta, Summer 2012

#8 Changing mind is not a bad thing

It seems that Cez has changed his ways several times. To many it looks as though he can’t stick to one, but it’s all about doing what you want at that particular time and not getting stuck. I always kept jobs I was doing even after I stopped enjoying them. He has changed that in me and now I see there’s no obligation or advantage of doing this. New things are exciting and I do things better when I enjoy them.

Siem Reap, Cambodia 2012
“We can do it, I mean we have to do it.” Siem Reap, Cambodia 2012

#9 Never make plans

Cez says that he doesn’t like to make plans because he doesn’t want to make God laugh. Things change in life and making plans is silly. Why bother? It’s better to live the life than plan it.

Trekking in Hong Kong, 2012
“Maybe I’m not the king of the world, but I’m king of this forest”- Trekking in Hong Kong, 2012

#10 Traveling with a companion’s awesome

I have travelled on my own, but I never felt as happy and safe as I have been traveling with Cez. Adventures with a companion are by far the most enjoyable!

Beijing, China, 2012
Beijing, China, 2012

To sum up, it’s hard to describe in words how awesome the past 10 months have been with Cez, a I truly can’t wait for new adventures starting in 2013.

South America- Get Ready to Rumble!

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Once again- Happy Birthday!


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36 thoughts on “10 Things I Have Learnt When Traveling with Cez- My Best Friend”

  1. Avatar of Cez


    THANK YOU! I think this is the best birthday present I have ever received from anyone, ever.

    As I read it I couldn’t stop laughing. You’re so silly :)

    Thank you for travelling with me and being my very best friend. One thing certain, I can count on you, not only on myself.

  2. Avatar of Jessica Wray

    I haven’t even actually met you guys, and this made me tear up! Maybe I’m being hormonal…hahah. Either way, so sweet and so awesome :) South America next?? You guys are gonna have an amazing time!!

    1. Avatar of Agness

      Cheers Jess! Yes, we are (hopefully) heading to South America in August 2013 if the world does not come to an end :-). We can’t wait actually!

    1. Avatar of Cez

      Hey Andonis,

      Thank you mate! Sure our friendship is strong and that’g good, because Agness is a very good person.

      How do you enjoy China and Kung Fu fighting?


  3. Avatar of Kathryn

    What a wonderful friend and travel companion. Belated happy birthday Cez.

    I don’t entirely agree with No. 7 as I have had some very supportive people in my life, however, I do believe that you ‘make your own luck’ in this world! At the end of the day… it’s down to you to make it happen (whatever ‘it’ is !?!)

    Thanks again for the wonderful guest post on my site and happy travels to you both.

    1. Avatar of Cez

      Thanks Kat,

      A very valid point, most of the people we met get support from others, especially travelling. I think it’s great. However, I / we have learnt that once one hits big failure others look away. I think we learnt to count on ourselves the hard way. Nothing is better in life than to get back up on both feet though :)

      Keep up the good work Kat! Loved working with you too.

      Safe travels,

  4. Avatar of Anita Mac

    Sounds like Cez is a good guy to have around! Great lessons in there – certainly some words to live by. Happy birthday Cez – hope you guys had a great time celebrating!

    1. Avatar of Cez

      Thank you Anita,

      Especially for your kind words. We went for some shopping and had coffee with cakes at a local mall (all within the budget).

      Happy travels,

  5. Avatar of Mike

    Happy birthday, buddy! And great post with some great lessons. #6 used to be easy for me — traveling super light– but it’s becoming more of a challenge and it’s keeping me from getting back on the no-plans highway. So I’ll try to learn that lesson again as well :)

    1. Avatar of Cez

      Hey Mike,

      Thank you :) Yeah, #6 is important and hard to get into grips with. You worried me that it’s possible to get out of this routine :P


    1. Avatar of Cez

      Thank you Ashley,

      Ohh yes, we’ve spent a lot of time together. I think it’s good and we know each other well now. We wish you as much time travelling as long our friendship will last, so get ready for long journey :)

      Safe travels,

    1. Avatar of Agness

      Nothing special really. We went out for a lunch and dinner, then had some cookies and birthday cake ;-) We aren’t party animals unfortunately ;-P

  6. Avatar of Susan @ Travel Tips

    Happy Birthday dear .. sorry belated !! now I want that cake, I know it’s too small but I’m loving it so much …talking about your post It’s really great feelings while reading it. I’ve learned alot things with this.

    1. Avatar of Cez

      Thank you Susan. I’d happily share the cake with you :) And I’m happy you liked the article, I also had great feelings when first read it :) Agness is lovely for doing it :)

  7. Avatar of MIchael

    I am late seeing this post but it’s a good one. Good for him for embodying so many great travel principles. Thanks to both of you.

  8. Avatar of Jessica @ Green Global Travel

    I really enjoyed reading this! Cez sounds like a wonderful person. I really enjoyed #9 (never make plans), mostly because I am the type of person who always makes plans! However, it’s important to remember that things don’t always go according to plan– and that’s okay! Great post, and happy travels!

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