Jens Oliver Meiert

180 Little Stories After Traveling the World for 18 Months

Post from March 13, 2015 (↻ June 8, 2021), filed under .

The story of my 18 months of travel around the world, including this and other articles, is available as a big but humble e-book: Journey of J.

It’s over. A couple of weeks ago I came to a halt, after traveling the world for what now feels like a lifetime. Here’s one way to tell the story. The way that also outlined my time at Google and in the United States.

Happy camper.

Figure: Arriving in Hamburg, Germany.

Special thanks go to Julia Tang for her manifold support during these 18 months. Thanks to my friends and family for making it through long times of silence. Thanks to the Wikitravel community for the great work on Wikitravel. Thanks to all my hosts and their staff. Thanks to all the pilots and stewardesses, bus and taxi drivers, cooks and waiters, other people for their small but indispensable help in getting me around the world safe and sound. If only one had been as the carefully engineered official view of the world has it, I wouldn’t have been able to write this.

And now, another phase of my life.


Until we have something better.

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About Me

Jens Oliver Meiert, on April 29, 2020.

I’m Jens Oliver Meiert, and I’m an engineering manager and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to the W3C and the WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. Other than that, I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on I share some of my views and experiences.

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  1. On March 14, 2015, 6:57 CET, Kat said:

    An imagination-fuelling story. So, what’s next?

  2. On March 14, 2015, 9:44 CET, Anonymous said:

    Can you share how much the whole trip costs?

  3. On March 14, 2015, 22:02 CET, felix said:

    Wow. Soo much encounters, experiences and overall, knowing for a single person. I hope to get a chance as such. But with the people of panama, why do say they are unfriendly? More details will do me good. Lot of it.

  4. On March 15, 2015, 4:58 CET, Jeffrey Bennett said:

    And I thought I did well traveling Europe for almost two months last year. Impressive!!!

  5. On March 15, 2015, 16:14 CET, Murtaza said:

    An Awesome Journey

    Can you tell us how much it cost the whole trip?

  6. On March 16, 2015, 16:46 CET, Jens Oliver Meiert said:


    Felix, note that I’m playing with stereotypes here… and yet we had a few good chuckles in Panama, when even locals admitted and laughed about their rudeness.

    On cost, transport and accommodation made it into the (lower) five digits, that I can tell. But in San Francisco, I wouldn’t have needed 6 months, let alone 18, to reach that 😊

  7. On March 18, 2015, 0:48 CET, Om said:

    A lot of “I”

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