Haha, yeah, sounds like a pretty intriguing recipe. But walking, Tom, I mean there are many easier, and more comfortable ways to explore and connect with people, while giving back to the world.
It’s all about the experience. Walking is a completely different way of transportation. I’ll be able to connect with people in ways I can’t when cycling or driving a car. Walking is a fascinating way to explore. It feels as though there’s a whole new world around every corner. You can almost see the grass growing, I mean I’m not that slow, but you get the idea. Walking and living in nature with almost nothing brings the soul back home. It’s such a natural movement and way of living. And to be honest, I like doing crazy things. It’s insane to walk around the world. I mean, 40 thousand KM!
We’re all living in a fast-paced society, and walking helps us slow down to see what is truly going on around us. So why not walk for 5 years? Another reason is, I learned that more people have stood on the moon than have walked around the world. That means there’s almost no information about it on the internet which in this day and age is rare. I find that fact incredibly appealing.
You mentioned being entirely self-reliant. Will you have any help along the way?
Absolutely, when I was on the trail in NZ it was common to ask to tent on someone’s lawn. Often they would invite you in for a meal, or even offer you a shower and a bed! It’s amazing to connect with families all around the world, by just knocking on a stranger’s door to ask for a place to pitch your tent, not once, not twice but more than a thousand times. I also think that showing up alone, is less intimidating, and makes it far easier for families to feel comfortable about inviting me for dinner or to give me a place to rest or pitch my tent. And of course, I have my friends and family who are helping me even now.