Thanks for visiting – we are excited about working with educators, schools and parents to raise geography awareness by sharing a variety of information on the places that we visit and providing updates from the road. The Press is an important partner in getting our message out to as many people as possible.

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Press Releases

Apr 8, 2013California Couple Completes Ultimate Around the World Journey using Princess Cruises
Mar 4, 2013California Couple Completes Twelfth and Final Trek of the Trekking the Planet Expedition
Feb 5, 2013California Couple Completes Expedition to Remote Amazon Reserve
Dec 14, 2012California Couple Pass 50,000 Mile Mark as they Trek the Planet
Jan 28, 2012Reality to Boost 21st Century Education.docx


May 23, 2013Matador Network: Teaching Geography from a Traveler’s Perspective
Oct 4, 2012Travel Link Sites: Around the World Travel: Darren & Sandy of Trekking The Planet
Jul 10, 2012Career Break Secrets: Who’s Out There Now? Darren and Sandy
Jun 14, 2012Dangerous Business: Thursday Traveler(s): Trekking the Planet

About the Van Soye’s

After 25 years in the IT industry, we took an early retirement with the twin goals of seeing the world and giving back. In 2012 we embarked on a 424-day around-the-world journey to raise geo-literacy in K-12 students. Prior to this trip, we traveled to over 40 countries on six continents, most of it using independently organized itineraries. Learn more about Darren and Sandy here.

After our around-the-world journey, we decided to select something closer to home.  In 2016 we completed a 1,828-mile trek along the Pacific Crest Trail.  And we visited 27 U.S. National Parks during 2017, hiking more than 400 miles over four months.  Our focus was on the lesser-known parks and what makes these public lands unique and thus, worthy for continued government protection.

In 2018, we completed four multi-day treks in Europe, totaling over 500 miles.  As we hiked, we focused on the cultural and natural significance of the places that we visited. Our 2019 trekking took us over 500 miles in three states on the Pacific Crest Trail and the Arizona Trail in the U.S. West.

Press Release Photos

Darren and Sandy Van Soye (Click for hi-res photo)

Sandy visiting school in American Samoa

Sandy visiting classroom in Northern Laos

Darren visiting school in Gheling, Mustang, Nepal

Sandy and Darren on the Kungsleden Trail, Sweden

Sandy and Darren on Walking Safari in Kenya

Sandy Speaking at School in Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

Sandy and Darren in Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

Sandy and Darren Trekking in Jordan