Ever had a long drive back home, let’s say a thousand kilometre drive. Many of us know the feeling of the never-ending drive home. Despite a few pit stops along the way, you arrive at your destination tired after what seems a doubly long day. But what if you did it on foot? People might call you crazy, but what an adventure it would be. Imagine doing this 40 times over! Insane, maybe? That’s exactly the circumference of the earth: 40,075 kilometres.
I am thrilled to announce that I will start my walk to history on the 8th of May 2021. I’ll start at home in Sliedrecht, Holland. All the way through the Ardens, Belgium into Luxembourg and France until Chamonix. From threre I’ll take a mountain trail called Via Alpina. A beautiful mountain trail which lead me through Swiss, Austria and Slovakia before arriving into the Balkan region. I’v never been there so let me know if you know some trails or beautiful routes to take.
From there I’ll cross Europe until I get to the ‘Welcome to Istanbul’ sign. The biggest city of Turkey where the Bosporus separates Europe and Asia. It could be Christmas before I arrive, but walking a continent is not the same as running a marathon, so we’ll see…
The easiest way to cross the world would also be most of the time the shortest, and result in a substantial amount of road walking. Despite the ease of road walking, I will try to dive into the wilderness wherever possible. Besides, I’ve such a strong curiosity to explore as many countries as possible. So no direct walk all around the world for me.
It will take years and years to complete all the continents. This is such a long time, so many things can influence my proposed route: war, visa problems, unsafe regions due to politics, environment, or technological disasters, viruses….. As a result, I’ve decided to plan just one continent ahead. During each continent, I will choose the next continent to follow. Until I’ve crossed all continents except Antarctica. This will be such a big and difficult expedition that I’ll have to prepare myself for at least a year. But that’s all future talk. First, I’m gonna walk around the world, starting with just the first six continents.