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The Trekking the Planet RTW expedition visited 50 countries on six continents, during a 424-day journey, as a way to help students from ages 6 to 17 years old learn more about world geography. Our mission is to instill a greater awareness and curiosity about the world – its people, culture and our fragile planet – to as many kids as possible. Studies have shown that American knowledge of geography is among the worst in the world. By following the progress of this expedition, kids gained greater knowledge of where Kyrgyzstan or Ethiopia is, for example, and learned more about the world’s people, culture and nature.

“It is so hard to fathom all the planning and foresight that is required for your trip. I cannot imagine and am thoroughly impressed.” – Abe P.

During the time we were away, we took a series of hikes or “treks” to some of the most remote and unspoiled places in the world. We are traveled by ground (boat, train, bus) where possible, to experience the world more closely and minimize our carbon footprint. We left on our expedition in January 2012 and completed our travels in March 2013. Our next adventure is to hike the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. We leave on April 17, 2016.

“I love travel and think it is a way to grow and make us aware of all the history and culture that is the world as a whole. I look forward to receiving your emails and keep up with your travels.” – Rose M.

Subscribers receive a periodic newsletter with updates on our activities, as well as access to our education materials, stories, pictures and video updates from our travels.

Also be sure to check out our Geography Navigator page, which visually shows the location of our education materials, stories and videos on a world map. Looking for information about a given country? Country Capsules has our materials categorized by nation. And if you like information “by the numbers,” check out our Trekking the Planet by the Numbers series of information by continent, including:

  • Population (and world rank)
  • Area (and world rank)
  • Life Expectancy at Birth in Years (and world rank)
  • GDP Per Capita – PPP (and world rank)
  • Median Age in Years
  • Literacy Rate percentage
  • Big Mac Index (to learn more about this measure, click here)

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