The third video from our school presentations covers the equipment that our expedition will bring. We show samples of the some items we are packing for our around-the-world journey.
This second video from our presentations to schools focuses on where we will be going on our around-the-world-trip to raise geography awareness.
In September 2003, my wife, Sandy and I, left our full-time IT jobs and took an around-the-world trip with our two daughters. At the time, Kristen (age 10) and Lauren (age 12) were in 5th and 7th grade, respectively.
We are releasing a series of videos covering our student presentations. This first one is from our visit to an intermediate school and highlights geography and its importance in today’s global society.
Part of the mission of Trekking the Planet is to promote an active lifestyle as we undertake a series of hikes during our 14-month journey. Our hope is our example will encourage others to find ways to become more active as well.
One of the basic principles of Trekking the Planet is a preference for travel that is “closer to the ground”. One benefit of ground travel is the reduced “carbon footprint” over airplanes.
Did you know that American knowledge of geography is one of the worst in the world? A National Geographic-Roper Study that surveyed young Americans showed that 88 percent of those questioned could not find Afghanistan on a map of Asia. Sixty-three percent could not find Iraq or Saudi Arabia on a map, and 75 percent could not point out Iran or Israel.