(Legend: Blue-travel by ship; Red – travel by bus or train; Green – travel by air)
Trekking the Planet began as a 424-day, around-the-world trip (Trekking the Planet RTW) to raise K-12 geo-literacy. We visited 53 countries on six continents. During the expedition we trekked in 12 of some of the most remote and unspoiled places in the world. By visiting places of cultural and natural significance, our hope was to instill a greater awareness and curiosity about the world in as many young people as possible. The journey began on 28 January 2012 and was completed on 26 March 2013. During our expedition, we published free weekly educational materials that corresponded to our current location.
Here is a short video overview about the Trekking the Planet RTW expedition.
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)
To read more about our travels, click below.
View our journey by continent:
View our journey in chronological order:
- Crossing the Atlantic We have arrived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which marks the end of the first portion of our sea voyage from Rome, Italy, to Manaus, Brazil. During this part of our journey we crossed the Atlantic Ocean, making a couple of stops along the way.
- Trekking the Planet – A Year In Pictures As 2012 comes to an end, we share with you, month by month, some of our favorite pictures from our Trekking the Planet journey.
- Back in the U.S.A (for One Day) Sandy writes about setting food on American soil for the first time in 11 months. We were not sure how we would feel coming back after so long away.
- A Tale of Two Countries: St. Maarten / St. Martin Our first stop in the Caribbean was on the island of St. Maarten. It is the smallest island in the world that is split between two countries. We thought it would be fun to see both the French and Dutch sides of the island.
- Trekking the Planet Wallpaper – Series 8 Our eighth series of wallpaper, covering our time in Ethiopia is now available!
- Ten Hiking Lessons I have Learned while Trekking the Planet–Part 1 Sandy writes about hiking lessons learned during the treks we have completed. Part 1 presents the first five lessons learned.
- Experiencing Devil’s Island Our first stop in South America was in an unlikely place. Devil’s Island, located off the coast of French Guiana, was the site of an infamous penal colony for 100 years.
- Trekking the Planet Wallpaper – Series 9 Our ninth series of wallpaper, covering our time in Dubai, is now available!
- Trekking the Planet Panoramic Photos – Series 5 Here is the next series of panoramic pictures, covering Nairobi, Kenya to Gibraltar that we have taken with our Sony DSC-HX9V.
- Ten Hiking Lessons I have Learned while Trekking the Planet–Part 2 Sandy writes about hiking lessons learned during the treks we have completed. Part 2 presents the second five lessons learned.
- Meeting of the Waters: Sailing up the Amazon River We have sailed the first quarter of Amazon River’s entire distance to the city of Manaus, Brazil, over four days. During this time we learned more about the Amazon and several of its tributaries.
- Check out our Feature Story on Gadling.com Our journey recently passed the 50,000 mile mark and we have been featured on Gadling.com!
- Trekking the Planet Wallpaper – Series 10 Our tenth series of wallpaper, covering our time in Jordan, is now available!
- Trekking in the Remote Amazon Rainforest During our Trekking the Planet journey we have tried to visit some of the most remote places in the world. Perhaps none of these have been more off the beaten path than the Amazon Rainforest.