Adrian Sameli

A digital entrepreneur from Switzerland

I grew up in Basel, a fairly international city in Switzerland. My family was a colourful mixture of entrepreneurs and creatives, from early on I was exposed to two different worlds. Since I have received my first computer, I was fascinated by digital technology. Instead of playing games, I learned how to design and build websites. With a diploma in Creative Media Design, I entered the business world. With the support of my first employer, I built and managed a business unit. It was a fully functional web agency that allowed me to pursue my dream: Using innovative technology and new media to connect people and spread knowledge for a better world of tomorrow.

Following my passion: technology and travel

After over a decade in the industry, I wanted to see and experience more. At the age of 31, I switched my office job with a life on the road. Since then, I’m a web enthusiast on the road, a passionate traveller with an obsession for underrated, unknown places. On several epic journeys, I have explored many wonderful places on our planet:

  • In 2015 I drove through every country eastern of Switzerland on the European continent except Greece (25,000 kilometres and 30 countries in total).
  • In 2016 I drove through all of Eastern and Southern Africa from Nairobi, Kenya, to Cape Town, South Africa (15,000 kilometres and 15 countries in total).
  • In 2017 I travelled through most of South and South East Asia (16 countries in total).

With already 83 countries in my pocket, my next goal will be the 100 benchmark. To get there, I consider driving the Silk Road through Central Asia or the Panamericana through the Americas. An alternative would be to join a Cruise Ship in Oceania or Caribbean.

Yes, I’m looking for opportunities, who wants to hire me on a cruise ship or sailing turn?

Adrian wants to join a cruise ship or sailing turn in 2018
Adrian wants to join a cruise ship or sailing turn in 2018

Spreading my experience through postcards

There are endless solo travel blogs on the internet but my project is different! Since the first day if my amazing journey, I have sent a postcard from a different location every single day. Yes, that is already a total of over 750 unique postcards. Those artworks are telling my personal stories and have inspired many many people to explore more. Besides a few very famous places, I mostly promote unknown or underrated sites and projects. I want to give people an extraordinary insight into places they have never heard of before but might find interesting. I want to spark their interest and show them, that there is more than just the world famous top 10 places! This vision, I’m also underlining through my blog articles and YouTube videos. In selected topics, I’m promoting a more mindful and conscious travel to less hyped places. It’s all about meeting real people and experiencing new cultures.

Adrian travelling in a small bus together with a group of Filipinos
Adrian travelling in a small bus together with a group of Filipinos

Helping people in need: pro bono consulting

All my travels and projects, I’m financing through my consulting business. As an independent freelancer, I’m working with clients around the world. I have worked with diverse clients in Europe, Africa, America and India. Since I gave up my apartment in Switzerland, I’m living on a low budget anywhere in the world. I can afford to offer my professional services pro bono for social impact projects. Thanks to the amazing elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization, I could already support the following projects:

  • Angaza: affordable energy products for the world's 1 billion off-grid consumers
  • iCow: securing Africa’s food production through educating farmers digitally
  • Dharma Life: alleviating poverty in India through rural entrepreneurship

Yes, I am always looking for new projects to support. Drop me a mail if you are interested!

Adrian is doing some pro bono consulting for angaza in kenya
Adrian is doing some pro bono consulting for angaza in kenya

Adrian jumping of joy at the beach of jurmala in latvia at the baltic sea