Footloose Norwegian photographer Sebastian Dahl, 25, recently went on a devil-may-care, Kerouac-inspired 10,000-kilometer (6,213-mile) road trip from Oslo, Norway to Beirut, Lebanon. Carrying little more than the clothes on his back, a small bag of provisions and his beloved camera, Dahl hitchhiked and "couchprovised"—his word for spontaneously crashing on strangers' couches—the entire way.
Altogether, he caught rides with 112 cars, trucks and scooters. He met, and was welcomed by, colorful characters including a sober (meditational) French ex-drug addict, a Norwegian book publisher with whom he shared common friends and an elderly Italian communist who opened up his home immediately when Dahl stopped him on the street.
It was the trip of a lifetime, the kind of improvised journey that reminds us of how beautiful, surprising and, well, surprisingly friendly the world can be, particularly when you fully embrace the fearless spirit of adventurous travel.
Scroll down through some of Dahl's photographs to ride along with him on the epic 6,000-mile ride (click on any to see larger versions):
Tomislav in Mostar, Bosnia // November 11th, 2012
I bumped into Tomislav in a bar the other day. He needed a scanner real bad, I needed a place to sleep so we exchanged services. I
scanned photographed some documents for him and he let me stay at his place.
This picture was taken the next morning when we climbed to the top of a building in ruins to see the city from above. Tomislav is a retired ballet dancer from the National Theater of Croatia and he now works with web development.
Bulgaria, November 2012
I made a good friend who took me volunteering on the Bulgarian countryside. Together with some other nice people we removed cut reed and cattail material to create a habitat for rare Dragoman marsh dwellers. The biomass will be used for the production of (ecological) pellets for heating.
To learn more about Sebastian Dahl's awesome journey, check out his blog.