I am walking around the world with my dog. AMA!
Five years ago I left my home in New Jersey to embark on a twenty-five thousand mile, seven continent, walk around the world. After four months of walking I adopted a dog, Savannah, and since then we've covered 16,500 miles across thirty-three countries together.
When Savannah was a pup I pushed her in my cart. Now she’ll walk thirty miles a day and still be running circles at night. We’ve spent nearly every minute of every day together and from navigating chaotic cities and strange new environments Sav and I are totally in sync. She’s my best bud and absolutely rock solid. (The Dodo recently did a video on her.)
I'm walking around the world because of a friend who died at seventeen. Her death led me to understand how fleeting my life was and that I needed to make the most of the short time I had. When I discovered Karl Bushby the idea of walking around the world stuck in my head as a way to live a full life.
From seventeen to twenty-six I went to college, worked, paid off loans, saved, then set off before I had too much responsibility.
During the first two years of this adventure I walked from New Jersey to Uruguay. I was held up at knife point in Panama, did ayahuasca in the Amazon, and climbed 15,000 feet over the Chilean Andes. The three years since walking The Americas, I was almost taken out by a bacterial infection, needed seven months to recover, then walked Europe, North Africa, across Turkey and into Georgia. I peregrinated The Camino in Spain, had a twenty-four hour police escort through Algeria, visited the village of my family name (Turčić) in Croatia and became the first private citizen granted permission to cross the Bosphorus Bridge on foot (the Istanbul bridge crosses from Europe to Asia).
After flying home this winter to obtain extended visas for Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan Savannah and I returned to the road this March but were promptly forced to put our walk on hold. Currently we're in lockdown in Baku, Azerbaijan so I thought this would be the perfect moment for an AMA.
This infographic on my site provides a great visualization of our walk.
And this video from Sunrise Australia provides the best summation of our journey.
If you'd like to follow along I do my best to post photos daily and write a weekly(ish) blog post.
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- Blog: http://theworldwalk.com/
- FB: https://www.facebook.com/TheWorldWalk/
- Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/c/TheWorldWalk
It's late here in Azerbaijan so I'm signing off for the moment! Thanks for all the great questions, I'll answer some more tomorrow morning!