(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:
- How I Work while Trekking the Planet Darren recently completed a Q&A interview on how he works, given our continual travel while we are Trekking the Planet.
- Riding on Horses and Highways in Argentina’s Patagonia Our last week has been a mixture of travel, including a day on horseback and two long days on a famous South American highway, portions of which are not paved. In the process, we viewed the rugged beauty and learned about the cultural history of this area.
- Summer in Southern Patagonia [Video] Catch up with the Trekking the Planet team as review their time in Southern Patagonia.
- Why We Use Local Guides Sandy writes about why we use local guides and how we chose them for this journey.
- Of Mountains, Glaciers and Lakes: Hiking in Los Glaciares National Park Our last stop in our 26-day, 2,700 mile (4,345 kilometer) overland journey through Argentina was in Los Glaciares National Park. While here we were treated to some of the most spectacular mountain, glacier and lake scenery of our expedition.
- The Final Trek: Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park We took our first step trekking 355 days ago when we began the Overland Track in Tasmania, Australia. Now, after 470 miles of hiking in some of the most incredible cultural and natural places of the world, we completed our twelfth and final trek, in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.
- Trekking the “W” in Torres del Paine, Chile [Video] Catch up with the Trekking the Planet team as they review their time in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine in Chile.
- A Taste of Argentina – Food Highlights In our newest food experiences installment, Sandy writes about our culinary highlights while traveling in Argentina.
- Cruising the Patagonian Fjords on the Navimag Ferry [Video] Catch up with the Trekking the Planet team as Sandy reviews their time traveling through the Patagonian fjords and channels on the Navimag Ferry Evangelistas from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt in Chile.
- Trekking the Planet Wallpaper – Series 13 Our thirteenth series of wallpaper, covering our time in Argentina, is now available!
- Travels through Chile by Land and Sea Our journeys the past week has taken us over 1,500 miles (2,414 kilometers) as we traveled from Puerto Natales north to Santiago by land and sea.
- In Pictures: Our School Visits One of the most rewarding experiences of our 424-day journey has been meeting with students and visiting schools as we have traveled around the world.
- In Pictures: Our Treks – Part 1 While on our around-the-world journey to promote geography awareness, we trekked in some of the most remote places on the planet. In Part 1 of this story we look back at our first six treks.
- Trekking the Planet Panoramic Photos – Series 7 Here is the next series of panoramic pictures, covering our time in Argentina.