4 Crazy Travelers On A Mission Around The World

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Sometimes I wonder if travelers are of a different species than the rest of the world – there are some truly amazing and inspirational Round The World travelers out there doing some crazy stuff just for fun, and/or to bring awareness 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

Guy Who Travels Without LuggageRolf Potts

Website: www.rtwblog.com

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

Baffin Babes Crossing The Arctic In 80 DaysThe Swedish and Norweigan girl group of four; Vera Simonsson, Emma Simonsson, Ingebjoerg Tollefsen and Kristin Folsland Olsen.

Website: www.baffinbabes.com

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

Guy Who Holds The World Record For The Fastest Time To Visit All UN CountriesKashi Samaddar

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…

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

Crazy Travelers On A Mission Around The World Guy Who Walked The Entire Amazon RiverEd Stafford

Website: www.walkingtheamazon.com

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 β€” 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?

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Or are you happy with just traveling the world normally?

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11 thoughts on “4 Crazy Travelers On A Mission Around The World”

  1. Ugh, these people rock my world!!! No way in hell I could travel w/o luggage though. The thought gives me heart palpitations LOL

  2. Wow, there are some incredible travelers out there! Way to push their own personal boundaries and to set the travel bar just a bit higher! Thanks for compiling!

  3. Inspiring people, just like yourself!

    You should add to this list! We’re hitchhiking from Poland to India, across the Middle East and are also arranging the Chicken Dance along our way. How’s that for crazy πŸ˜‰ ?

  4. It’s great to be able to travel. But asking the WHY is the difficult part. These guys have figured that out. I’m traveling with a girl friend next year and going backpacking through SE Asia. But we still haven’t figured out our mission yet.

    Thanks for making us ask ourselves the WHY question.

  5. Great list of inspiring people. I wouldn’t want to see the world though in that short of a time frame. Every country in the world in 6-7 years is insane. I’d rather see 10% of the world and have an authentic amazing experience instead.

  6. yeah that sounds a bit like a rush doesn’t it :p I supose he was trying to prove a point as well about Indians not been able to get visas in other countries – but you still should be able to enjoy the trip πŸ˜‰

  7. Hey Lois – thanks for the comment! It is always fun to have a reason to travel, but also why not just travel because you want to πŸ™‚ think it is great to think about, but also don’t think that everyone needs a ‘BIG’ reason to travel – I just want to travel to see the world, and not feel locked in one place – to have that freedom.

  8. I don’t think I can travel without a single luggage but the guy definitely gave me some inspiration. I could try but maybe for just one trip, I think a girl just has needs and I do need a day pack.

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