I am Tom Turcich, 466 days, 10 countries and 6300 miles into living my dream of walking around the world. AMA!
My short bio: Hola Reddit!
Over a year ago I left my home in New Jersey to embark on a five year, seven continent trek around the world. I’ve been walking for 466 days and have covered 6300 miles over ten countries. Currently I’m in Maracá, Ecuador (on the border of Perú) making my way down to some cousins in Uruguay.
Last we spoke I was in Texas, I’d just adopted Savannah and hadn’t even crossed my first border. Since leaving the States I’ve had a hell of an adventure. I’ve had to learn Spanish, climb the terrible mountains of Guatemala, sprint through the deserts of Honduras, and sleep in the Costa Rican rain forest. There have been a few run-ins, but besides a shiv to the neck in Panama City nothing too serious. Mostly, I’m amazed how generous people are. I’m brought in by strangers far more often than I ever imagined.
My dog, Savannah, has grown from a mange-ridden street pup I pushed in my cart to muscular, walking machine. She’s been on the olfactory adventure of a lifetime. We walk every mile together and with the right paperwork crossing borders with her has been a breeze.
As to why I'm walking around the world, I had a friend, AnneMarie, who died at seventeen. I'd never been close to someone who died before. Her death reordered my understanding of the world. I suddenly saw life as something fragile and fleeting. I needed to make the most of the short time I had - I wanted adventure, to see the world. When I discovered Karl Bushby the idea of walking around stuck in my head. So from seventeen to twenty-six I kept The World Walk my aim. I went to college, worked, paid off loans, saved, then set off before I had too much responsibility. By twenty-six I had enough saved that if I lived frugally I could walk while still paying off my student loans for two years.
However, about a month before leaving, the owner of Philadelphia Sign reached out to me. He knew AnneMarie and wanted to support my walk. Now, Philadelphia Sign gives me enough money to see this thing through and donates a dollar a mile to AnneMarie’s scholarship fund.
If you'd like to follow along I do my best to post photos daily and weekly blog post.
EDIT: Alright guys, that's it for me. I hope I gave you a better picture of what life is like walking eight hours a day. Thanks for all the support! I'm looking forward to sharing more of my journey with you. Also, so many Pokémon Go questions! If battery life weren't a question I'd certainly be the very best, but alas...
Anyway, thanks again Reddit! All the best!