About me


Life has two very important ingredients – experiences and moments.

I am constantly trying to pursue them both, because it’s my belief that real life experiences are more important than material possessions.

Everyone should have goals, dreams and plans in life. It doesn’t matter, if they are short-term, long-term or lifetime goals. You just gotta have something, that makes you want to wake up early and get going to keep pushing forward, until you’re ultimately reaching goals, until dreams become realities and plans work out.

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My ultimate travel goal is to visit ALL 196 COUNTRIES in the world.

But it is not my only goal. I want to see all 7 continents, all 50 US States, take scenic train journeys like the Orient Express, the Transsiberian Railway or take awesome long road trips through multiple countries.

I want to travel from Cairo to Cape Town, from Anchorage to Ushuaia. I want to travel from my hometown Vienna to Australia by public transport.

I want to see animals in their natural habitat, trek through Sahara, Gobi and Atacama desert, join an expedition to North Pole and South Pole, see all new world wonders, all natural world wonders and see sunsets in all oceans.

I want to meet people and cultures that inspire and challenge me at the same time. It is a constant endeavor that drives me to not stand still, to get out and sleep on airport floors, waiting at 6am for two hours at a train station all for the sake of the unknown.

I want to build a life I won’t need to take a vacation from.

I want to be and I will be a travel writer, global explorer and entrepreneur.. whatever lies ahead of me. I don’t know where this road will lead me, but if I don’t pursue this dream I wouldn’t be living the life that feels right to me.

The great thing about travelling is the people that you meet along the way & the moments you experience and that’s what it always has been about and always will be about.


I have visited 89 countries and 6 out of 7 continents. I’m aiming to have visited all 196 countries with 33y. But it is not about ticking off countries off a list. For me, it is about challenging myself to do things I never tried, see countries I haven’t been to and share it to people around the world.

I travel on low budget and prefer sleeping on trains, buses and planes to keep costs low. There are certain things I do everytime, like drinking local beer in a new country and I’m getting really excited about the first glimpse on a local currency I haven’t seen before. Eat local specialties, meet people, experience ways of life I’ve never seen before and see the sunset. Usually I love staying in hostels to meet people, but if the possibility arises I prefer staying with locals. There are hundreds of things and places I am striving to do and see. Take a look at my bucket list to get inspired.

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6 Responses to About me

  1. Klaus says:

    hallo max, viel Spaß beim Reisen. Lg aus Wien und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr. Klaus

  2. Yahima Perez says:

    Can you elaborate on how you finance the trips with bartending? I’ve always wanted to travel but college and costs have hindered me, any tips would be super helpful!

    • Max Leyerer says:

      Dear yakima, thanks for writing me 😀

      well, most bartending jobs are good money and most importantly quite flexible. I also make a bit $ with my site. but make sure to check out my article ‘how to find cheap flights’ under ‘travel tips’. I always book really cheap flights, otherwise it wouldn’t be possible for me to travel that much. if you have any other questions feel free to write me 😀

      talk soon,

  3. James Tatane says:

    Interesting story of your trip to Rwanda and Uganda. I will be using the same itinerary soon. Lake Bunyoni and then Rwanda. Out of your experience, I wish to know which border of Rwanda is quicker to Kigali and what are the conditions of the road?

    • Max Leyerer says:

      hi james! thanks for your feedback! I’ve used the katuna-gatuna border. the road conditions are fine in uganda and once you are in rwanda the roads are winding around mountains, hence it takes a few hours to arrive in kigali. have fun on your trip!

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