The idea of traveling around the world on a motorcycle had always intrigued Tolga. He bought his first motorcycle, a Honda XL 200, and promptly began taking as many motorcycle trips as his hectic work schedule would allow him. In between work, he was able to ride to Afghanistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Switzerland, Albania, Austria, Italy, Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia, Thailand, and Laos.
Tolga recalls, “The more I worked, the more I realized that being a career man was not my thing. I always dreamed of riding around the world without any time limits, but somehow you need money for that. Or, at least you should be able to make money along the way.” In addition to his full-time job, Tolga started taking as many freelance projects as he could to earn extra money, and eventually he was able to save up enough money for his trip. In the midst of all that, he became interested in documentary filmmaking—skills which would serve him well on his round-the-world journey.
In June 2014 at age 33, Tolga had worked his last shift as an animator at a well-known studio in Istanbul. The road—the kind that goes around the world—was calling, and now, he was finally answering. The day came to begin his journey around the world, and he hasn’t looked back since. Follow his adventure at RideMustGoOn.com.