We’re Rach and Marty, also known as the Very Hungry Nomads. We’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years. As self-confessed food lovers, the search for the ultimate food experience has always been a big motivation for our travels. We’ve recently completed our goal to visit EVERY country in the world! Find out more about Very Hungry Nomads below.
We met in Europe in 2008 working as road crew for a youth coach tour company. Marty, a Trip leader and Rach, an on-road-chef. Our jobs in Europe were seasonal. We worked for six months during the summer season, which left us half a year to do whatever we desired. We chose to travel the world together.
After ten years of living this nomadic lifestyle, we moved to Melbourne to try and settle into 9-5 jobs.
Two years passed and we longed for our previous travelling lifestyle. We missed the freedom to go wherever we liked, the spontaneity of travel, the exotic food and the random adventures. So we packed up, sold most of our stuff and left Australia with a rough plan and enough money to travel for at least 18 months. This adventure took us to some of the most interesting and beautiful countries we’d ever seen.
Together, we travelled independently overland through Central Asia, also known as ‘the Stans’. We spent time in Georgia, Armenia and Iran too. We saw some spectacular scenery, had many heart-warming moments and we always felt safe and welcomed in this region of the world.
Sure, at times it was tough. We faced communication challenges, experienced some long and uncomfortable travel days, consumed some interesting food and stayed in questionable accommodations along the way. However, one thing that stood out above all else on this trip was the kindness of strangers.
As you learn more about Very Hungry Nomads, you’ll understand more about the positive messages we hope to share with you. We believe that people are fundamentally the same, no matter what country you’re from. We hope that by sharing our travel stories from around the globe, we educate and help you better understand how incredible our world is.
Anyway, something incredible happened on that trip to Central Asia. We hit a huge milestone! We each reached our personal goal to have visited over 100 countries.
It was something we never imagined possible. You’d think that we’d be content with that. But, of course, we wanted more. We wanted to visit EVERY country in the world! We want to show that women can do extraordinary things and that the world is much safer than most of us believe!
Once we made the decision to embark on this crazy adventure together, we spent the next two years working and saving hard. At the same time, we spent hours carefully planning the logistics of how we could achieve this goal. We departed our home city of Melbourne in April 2018.
Our plan to visit the remaining 88 countries over the next two years was set. This would allow us approximately 5-7 days in each country. Some countries we’d planned to spend longer and some countries would be a shorter visit. It was all dependent on safety, affordability and visa restrictions.