Roving Snails is a blog about simple travels.

It was born from our first hitchhiking journeys together around Europe and grew with every step of a long travel east, from Bulgaria to India overland. 

It started as a platform to share stories with friends, family and other hitchhikers. But in the course of two years it learnt to fly on its own and our story has gone viral and shared all around.

A kind note to bloggers and media 

We are truly happy to collaborate and share stories, and do our best to respond to everyone, big or small. So we believe it is fair to ask for two simple things in return:

  • That the material will be really published 
  • That our blog will be included, with a link, and all photos credited to Roving Snails.

If you have any difficulties fulfilling any of these two little points, you can anyway write us with your proposal, but we may kindly reject if it does not feel fair. Thank you for your understanding!

 

In papers, radio and TV

The media has shown interest in our travels across Asia, India as a destination, hitchhiking, and, surprisingly to us, the fact that we travel with a cat but without a smartphone (no, the cat is not a good navigator. And also, we did not intend to ditch technology, but simply did not have a smarphone at hand).

Fishing the interesting bits through the whole mess of articles would be madness. But for the curious ones, the first few links are to media that has really interviewed us and tell the story in a credible way. The others are a mix of real facts and made-up stories that often make us feel like we are reading news about somebody else. In any case, this is what you may find if you google "Boris, Marta and Burma".

 

NOVA TV (Bulgaria)

Interviews and articles

Featuring our own words and thoughts

INDIA

 NDTV Gadgets.  "Hitchhiking from Bulgaria to India without a Smartphone". By Pranay Parab. 17.07.2015 (India)

NDTV Facebook. +24K likes

 Bhaskar.  "511 दिन में 15 देश पैदल घूम चुके ये विदेशी, साथ रखते हैं स्टोव और मसाले" ("511 days and 15 countries to reach India with a stove). By Tanmay Jain. 06.07.2015 (India)

Mid Day. "How two Europeans are travelling the world without a smartphone". By Suprita Miller. 29.07.2015 (India)

 Creative Land Asia. "Voice, Episode 1: Roving Snails". 24.07.2015 (India)

∗ Hindustan Times. "From Bulgaria to India in 511 days: the journey of two hitchhikers". By Poorva Joshi. 26.09.2015 (India)

BULGARIA

Bulgarian National Radio (БНР - Хоризонт). Radio interview with Valeria Nikolova. 17.02.2016 (Bulgaria)

∗ NOVA TV. Interviewed in the program "Wake Up". 14.02.2016 (Bulgaria)

∗ 360º. "Със скоростта на охлюв" (At a snail's pace). By Diana Petrova. 10.2015 (Bulgaria)

 TrueStory.bg. "From Bulgaria to India in autostop for 511 days. On the footsteps of Boris, Marta and Burma". By Alexandra Tsankova. 21.07.2015 (Bulgaria)

Novinar. "Пътешественикът Борис Кънев: Когато си на път, не делиш един покрив с някого, а цялото небе" (The traveller Boris Kanev: when you are on the road you don't share a rooftop but the whole sky). By Yordan Yordanov. 27.07.2015 (Bulgaria)

Peika. Двама стопаджии и котка на приключение през Азия” (A couple of hitchhikers and a cat on an adventure across Asia). By Stefan Stefanov. 25.07.2015 (Bulgaria)

Standart. "Пътят ни научи да виждаме повече и да съдим по-малко" (The road taught us to observe more and judge less). By Reneta Kirilova. 25.07.2015

OTHER COUNTRIES

Daily Mail Online. "The long way around".  22.07.2015 (UK)

 Zeny v Meste. "Stopom z Bulharska do Indie? S rozpočtom tri eurá na deň" (Hitchhiking from Bulgaria to India? With 3 Euros per day). By Magdaléna Vaculčiaková (Slovakia).

 Radio Mojarra. Interview with Marta Samalea from Roving Snails. 02.06.2015 (Mexico)

 Radio Mojarra. Interview with Roving Snails. 23.09.2015 (Mexico)

 Radio Inr. Crafts from Isfahan (interview). 01.03.2014 (Iran)

 

 

 

 

 

Viralization

When the news travel faster than us

INDIA

 Hindustan Times."3 for the road: Couple and Cat hitchhike from Bulgaria to India". 19.07.2015 (India)

 The Logical Indian. "This Young Couple Walked And Hitchhiked From Bulgaria To India Without A Smartphone!". 18.07.2015 (India)

 The News Minute. "From Bulgaria to India: how this couple hitchhiked in 511 days".  21.07.2015 (India)

India Times."A couple hitchhiked all the way from Bulgaria to India in the span of two years".  20.07.2015 (India)

 Guidoo. "Boris, Marta and Burma (the cat) – This is what the world is talking about: The Roving Snails".20.07.2015 (India)

ScoopWhoop. "Here is how this couple hitchhiked from Bulgaria to Bhopal for 511 days without using a smartphone". 20.07.2015 (India)

 M.Eisamay.com. "A couple and their cat hitchhike from Bulgaria to India". 21.07.2015 (India)

India Today. "Couple from Bulgaria makes history by hitchhiking all the way to India" 21.07.2015 (India)

MenXP"This couple hitchhiked from Bulgaria to India without getting on a plane or using a smartphone, and they are here". 19.07.2015 (India)

VegMomos."This adventurous couple hitchhiked from Bulgaria to India in 511 days".  20.07.2015 (India)

Think69. "Couple walked and hitchhiked from Bulgaria to India without a smartphone".  19.07.2015 (India)

* WittyFeed. "This hitchhiker couple travels all the way from Bulgaria to India creating history". 19.07.2015 (India)

∗ That Scoop. "A couple hitchhiked from Bulgaria to India without a smartphone and only paper maps". (India)

Trekhub. "This young couple walked and hitchhiked from Bulgaria to India without a smartphone!". 19.07.2015 (India)

Justshared. "This adventurous couple hitchhiked from Bulgaria to India".  20.07.2015 (India)

Naidunia. " युगल ने बुल्गारिया से भारत तक का सफर लिफ्ट ले‍कर किया पूरा" (Couple from Bulgaria makes history by hitchhiking all the way to India). 19.07.2015 (India)

Bangla MT News. "৫১১ দিন হেঁটেই বুলগেরিয়া থেকে ভারতে!" (Travelling 511 days from Bulgaria to India). 22.07.2015 (India)

Morning Cable. "Hitchhiking for 511 days. Would you like to join?". 30.07.2015 (India)

Mathrubhumi. വന്‍കരകള്‍ താണ്ടി 500 ദിവസം; ഒരു ഓഫ്‌ലൈന്‍ യാത്ര. 22.07.2015 (India)

BULGARIA

 Webcafe. "Two Bulgarians and a cat hitchhike to India" (Dvama Balgari i kotka na stop do Indiya). 21.07.2015 (Bulgaria)

 Standart. "A Bulgarian travels to India by foot". 21.07.2015 (Bulgaria)

 Plovdiv 24.  "Two Bulgarians reach India hitchhiking". 21.07.2015 (Bulgaria)

 Trud.bg.  "Three of them from Bulgaria to India hitchhiking 511 days". 21.07.2015 (Bulgaria)

 Blitz news.  "A Bulgarian, his Spanish girlfriend and their cat have arrived to India" (Българин, испанската му приятелка и котката им стигнаха пеша до Индия). 20.06.2015 (Bulgaria)

BTV Novinite. "На автостоп до Индия за 511 дни без смартфон" (Hitchhiking to India for 511 days without a smartphone). 22.07.2015 (Bulgaria)

Off News. "На стоп до Индия за 511 дни" (Hitchhiking to India in 511 days). 28.07.2015 (Bulgaria)

TURKEY

Radikal. "Bulgaristan'dan Hindistan'a otostopla gittiler, hem de akıllı telefonları olmadan!" (From Bulgaria to India hitchhiking, without a phone). 01.08.2015 (Turkey)

Hurriyet. "511 günlük yolculuğunu akıllı telefon olmadan nasıl tamamladılar?". 30.07.2015

Nolm. "Gezgin çift 511 günlük yolculuğunu akıllı telefon olmadan nasıl tamamladı?" 30.07.2015 (Turkey)

Gaia Dergi. "Bulgaristan’dan Hindistan’a yol teperek geçirilen 511 gün!" (From Bulgaria to India, a journey of 511 days). 30.07.2015 (Turkey)

Haberkibris.  "Akıllı telefon olmadan 511 günlük yolculuk". 31.07.2015 (Turkey)

Palo. "Akıllı telefon olmadan 511 günlük yolculuk". 31.07.2015 (Turkey)

Uzakrota. "Bulgaristan’dan Hindistan’a Yollarda Geçen 511 Gün!". 30.07.2015 (Turkey)

ITALY

Repubblica."Dalla Bulgaria all'India in autostop: il viaggio di una coppia con il gatto" (Hitchhiking from Bulgaria to India. The journey of a couple with their cat). 24.07.2015 (Italy)

TGCOM. "Coppia in viaggio a piedi insieme ai gatti" (Couple travelling by foot with a cat). 22.07.2015 (Italy)

Libero. "India, coppia in viaggio a piedi insieme ai gatti". 25.07.2015 (Italy)

Animalier Magazine. "Dalla Bulgaria all'India in autostop e con un gato". 28.07.2015 (Italy)

Siamo Gatti. "India, coppia in viaggio a piedi insieme ai gatti". 19.08.2015 (Italy)

CHINA

Huochai. "他们不搭飞机,不用智能手机,511天,带着小猫穿越了欧亚大陆。" (No plane and no smartphone, across Eurasia with a cat). 24.07.2015 (China)

China Daily. "他们不搭飞机,不用智能手机,511天,带着小猫穿越了欧亚大陆。" (No plane and no smartphone, across Eurasia with a cat). 27.07.2015 (China)

Back China. "他们不搭飞机,不用智能手机,511天,带着小猫穿越了欧亚大陆。" (No plane and no smartphone, across Eurasia with a cat). 27.07.2015 (China)

News Cnfol. "他们不搭飞机,不用智能手机,511天,带着小猫穿越了欧亚大陆。" (No plane and no smartphone, across Eurasia with a cat). 27.07.2015 (China)

Huochai. "他们不搭飞机,不用智能手机,511天,带着小猫穿越了欧亚大陆。" (No plane and no smartphone, across Eurasia with a cat). 24.07.2015 (China)

163 news. "不坐飞机不带智能手机 西班牙夫妇511天到达印度" (Without flying and without smartphones this couple reached India in 511 days). 26.07.2015.(China)

Baidu. "他们不搭飞机,不用智能手机,511天,带着小猫穿越了欧亚大陆。" (No plane and no smartphone, across Eurasia with a cat). 27.07.2015 (China)

Duomi. "他们不搭飞机,不用智能手机,511天,带着小猫穿越了欧亚大陆。" (No plane and no smartphone, across Eurasia with a cat). 27.07.2015 (China)

Yoka. "他们不搭飞机,不用智能手机,511天,带着小猫穿越了欧亚大陆。" (Without plane and smartphone, 511 days across Eurasia with a cat). 29.07.2015 (China)

OTHER COUNTRIES

The Plaid Zebra "For 511 blissful days this couple hitchhiked from Bulgaria to India without a smartphone". 28.07.2015 (UK)

∗ Nicole Wernek. Esse jovem casal caminhou e pegou Bulgaria - India (This young couple walked and hitchhiked from Bulgaria to India)21.07.2015 (Brazil)

Merahputih. Setelah Lakukan Perjalanan 511 Hari, Pasangan Ini Akhirnya Tiba di India(After travelling 511 days the couple finally arrived to India). 23.07.2015 (Indonesia)

Nomades Digitais. Casal viaja por 511 dias da Bulgaria a India sem usar aviao e smartphone. (A couple travels for 511 days from Bulgaria to India without taking a plane or using a smartphone). 15.08.2015. (Portugal)

 

Others

 

 Collaborations

Guest posts, featured content and participations

 "13 Consejos de autoestopistas para viajar mas lejos por menos" (13 hitchhiker's advices to travel more with less). Guest post for Mochileros TV.

"Backpacking and hitchhiking in Bulgaria", guest post for Hitchhiker's Handbook.

 "Bulgarian Food and Drinks", guest post for Hitchhiker's Handbook

 "Isfahan Blue: A Treasure Hunt for Ghalamkar", post featured by RealIran.com 06.2014 (Iran)

 "Welcome to Central Asia", post featured by Hartbam.com. 05.09.2014 (Turkmenistan)

 

 Photos

Our photographs featured in

REX Features (UK)

Standart (Bulgaria)

Canlihaber (Turkey)

Hindustan Times (India)

 

 Recommended by...

Mentions and recommendations

“Best hitchhiking blogs on the internet”, Hitchhiker's Handbook,

“Cinco regalos de navidad para viajeros, reales o en potencia” (Five Gifts for Travellers - real or potential ones), Los Viajes de Nena

“Webs viajeras” (recommended travellers webs), Marcando el Polo

“Viajar sin tener dinero ahorrado” (Travelling without savings), DIY Hazlotumismo

 

And our humble participation in films...

 "Travellers". We took part in two full episodes of a documentary series directed by Reza Farahmand. 2014 (Iran)

 "Loafer". Tiny feature role in film directed by Puri Jagannath. 2015 (India)