Konstantin is a multilingual Russian vagabond who has hosted a House for Everyone the last two summers. House for Everyone is a project started by Russia’s Academy of Free Travels, a Moscow-based club which hosts travel-related events and promotes the vagabond lifestyle. Every year, several houses are opened for anybody to stay in, for free. Most of these houses are in Russia but a few others pop up around the world from time to time. Lasting for 1 or more months, Houses for Everyone function as a nomadic base where everybody contributes to the community. Those who have money contribute to buying supplies and food, those who don’t help out by cooking and cleaning and decorating, and everything is shared. After traveling around the world, hitchhiking over 100,000 km across 3 continents, and experiencing the kindness and hospitality of our fellow humans around the world, Konstantin decided to give back by hosting a House for Everyone. The house is located in southern Siberia’s Altai Mountains, a dream destination of many nature-lovers. Vagabond Lab had the exciting opportunity to interview Konstantin about his experience.
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An Exclusive VL interview with Konstantin
Vagabond Lab: Where have you been and how did you get there (plane, hitchhiking, etc)?
Konstantin: I have visited 36 countries: Russia, Mongolia, China, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Iceland, Norway, Germany, Poland, Austria, Belarus, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia.
I hitchhiked 100 000 km (60 000 miles). I few to South America ($700 Moscow – Bogota – Moscow), but I hitchhiked from Siberia to Indonesia. Throughout the last two years I have been traveling almost nonstop.
VL: How did you get the idea to start the house-for-everyone?