Travelling is definitely on everyone’s bucket list.
But going on a European Tour is one that might be on a few people’s lists due to pocket constraints.
You know what I mean. After graduation, Ashesi Alumni of the class of 2019, Martin Ampah, is proving to us that it is possible to travel around Europe on your own and on a budget.
He began his European Tour in summer 2018 by starting off his trip at Las Palmas, then to Rome, Geneva, Amsterdam, Antwerp, London, Virginia, New York, and finally ended his trip that summer in Toronto.
This summer, he continues his Europe Tour from where he left off the previous year.
The journey started off in Berlin, Hamburg, then to Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Paris, Amsterdam, London, and the next country is not yet known to us.
He is yet to surprise us.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: What inspired you to go on the Europe tour?
Martin: My mum lives for travelling; she’s been to every continent so it kind of got to me.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: Which countries have you visited so far?
Martin: So far the countries I’ve visited are: UK, Czech Republic, Austria, France, Hungry, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, and counting.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: Has travelling around Europe been budget-friendly?
Martin: Relatively, Depends on the facilities you want to enjoy as you move about. For instance, in Hungary 🇭🇺, I wanted a view of the famous river Danube separating Buda and Pest. Apartments with that cost a little extra but I wanted it, so yeah 😊.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: See money talking. Laughs* Are you travelling alone, or with family and/or friends?
Martin: Started with my mum to about 5 countries, then alone of the remainder, after she went back to Ghana.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: How has the experience been so far?
Martin: Not enough😂, the more you travel the more you want to travel⚡
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: How many more countries do you have on your bucket list?
Martin: To be honest, I don’t know. I want to keep it that way😊
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: What have you learnt from this travelling experience?
Martin: The fact that Ghana “Dey back too much”😪. Every time I come to Europe, I’m reminded of the great sense of community building and development they hold dearly through many cultures and laws. Transportation throughout the trip (plane, bus, train, tram) was a lovely experience made easy by inch perfect timed system. No wonder people will always hold such places in high regard. All these practices, no matter how small and insignificant they may contribute to making their lives way above average. Ghana can and must do better😊💥
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: Totally. Ghana will soon get there. Doesn’t it get boring travelling alone?
Martin: Not really 😂…if you have an outgoing attitude, you always make friends on your travels.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: Are there instances whereby you bump into people you know so then it doesn’t feel lonely after all
Martin: Exactly 💥💥💥Every single time.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: Any lessons for anyone who wants to travel around the globe but on a budget
Martin: Live and spend within your means, else “wo b3 b) ka” in another man’s land😂 Meaning, you’ll get stuck in another man’s land.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: Thank you for having us. We can’t wait to travel around the world like you when we grow up.
Martin: Laughs* My pleasure. Oh sure. Why not?