Sometimes I wonder if travelers are of a different species than the rest of the world – there are some truly amazing and inspirational Around The World travelers out there doing some crazy stuff just for fun, and/or to bring aware-ness to certain issues around the world.
4 Crazy Travelers On A Mission Around The World
Here are a few of my faves.
The Guy Who Travels Without Luggage
He traveled for 6 weeks in 12 different countries, keeping all his gear in his pockets. “No luggage, no carry-on, not even a man purse or a fanny- pack” he told the newspapers.
He just finished his journey and arrived back in New York on Oct 2. 2010.
This adventure, called the “No Baggage Challenge”, is more than a stunt to see if such a thing can be done: At a time when intensified travel-stress and increased luggage fees are grabbing the headlines, it’s an experiment to determine how much we really need to bring along to have the trip of a lifetime.
My Thoughts: I think what Rolf Potts is doing is awesome, I’m very much into light weight traveling and Rolf has now set the bar that much higher, which makes me inspired to travel even lighter.
The Baffin Babes Crossing The Arctic In 80 Days
The Swedish and Norweigan girl group of four; Vera Simonsson, Emma Simonsson, Ingebjoerg Tollefsen and Kristin Folsland Olsen.
They skied across Baffin island, pulling 100 kg heavy sleighs, past Fjords, mountains and over frozen sea ice, trying to stay away from the high population of Polar Bears.
They Started the expedition in March 2009 and finished 80 days later.
I couldn’t find out if they had a specific purpose other than push their boundaries, share their expedition in a movie with the public and do what they love the most – spending time outdoors in the most beautiful but harsh surroundings.
The Guy Who Holds The World Record For The Fastest Time To Visit All UN Countries
Visit all 194 United Nations member countries.
He began his journey 18 July 2002, and in May 2009 Kashi Samaddar (India) had visited all 194 United Nations member countries in 6 years 10 months and 7 days.
To raise the issue of the difficulty in obtaining a visa for Indians in other countries. Samaddar was denied a visa from a southern African country because of his nationality. Feeling humiliated he made a promise to himself that he would travel to all the countries in the world as a mark of defianc, and so he did…
My Thoughts: I think it’s great that he’s trying to raise an issue and try to make a change, but personally I wouldn’t want to travel the way he did. It’s way too stressful and hurried, and judging by the photos I’ve seen I’m not sure that he actually ever had time to see much of the places he visited.
The Guy Who Walked The Entire Amazon River
He walked the entire length of the Amazon river.
He began his journey in Peru in April 2, 2008, and finished the journey 859 days later in August 2010.
People call him the Eco-Warrior, but Stafford himself saw it more as an opportunity to push his own limits. Quote from Ed Stafford: “It proves you can do anything — even if people say you cannot. I’ve proved that if you want something enough, you can do anything!”
My Thoughts: I couldn’t agree more. If he comes out with a book I’d be the first to buy it, I would love to hear all about his adventure!
What do you think about these people? Are you also interested in traveling these ways? or are you happy with just traveling the world normally? Share your thoughts in the comments below!