(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:
- Singapore: The Country that Works [Video] Catch up with the Van Soyes as review their time in Singapore. In this video you will learn a little about the history and culture of Singapore as well as see some of the interesting sights.
- A Taste of Thai Paradise – Ko Samui On our last stop on our ocean voyage between Sydney, Australia and Singapore we visited the island of Ko Samui in Thailand.
- Trekking the Planet: Day 67 Update [Video] Catch up with the Van Soyes as they review their around-the-world trip to date. It is unedited, unrehearsed and unscripted. You might find some of their answers surprising!
- Trekking the Planet Wallpaper – Series 1 Check out our wallpaper photos from the first 2 months of our expedition!
- Experience the Wild Side of Penang Island, Malaysia [Video] Catch up with the Van Soyes as review their time on the island of Penang in Malaysia.
- Trekking the Planet Panoramic Photos – Series 1 Here are some of the panoramic pictures that we have taken with our Sony DSC-HX9V. You can click on the photos to download the full-sized image.
- Malaysia: Getting There is Half the Fun We didn’t expect our first Asian train trip, from Singapore to Butterworth, Malaysia, to be an all night affair. The train was scheduled to arrive at 9:20pm, just in time for a good night’s sleep at our hotel. But things didn’t quite work out that way.
- Experience the Ancient City of Ayutthaya, Thailand [Video] Catch up with the Van Soyes as review their time in the World Heritage City of Ayutthaya (Pronounced: I Ru Tie a).
- Chiang Mai, the “Second City” of Thailand [Video] Catch up with the Van Soyes as they review their time in Chiang Mai, the second city of Thailand.
- Happy New Year – Thai Style Our visit to Thailand happened to coincide with the Songkran Thai New Year’s festival. However, the real attraction is the city of Ayutthaya itself.
- Miles to go before I Sleep – Traveling on Thai Trains While in Southeast Asia we have been traveling primarily by train. In fact, we have covered over 1,700 miles by rail since leaving Singapore. Thai trains are great for covering large distances in a relatively painless way.
- Off the Grid in Phongsali, Laos [Video] Catch up with the Van Soyes as they review their time in the Phongsali Province of Laos.
- The Search for Everyday Life in Laos We are spending more time in Laos than any other country during our five weeks in Southeast Asia. This is a remote area and by taking it slow we are hoping for “off the beaten path” cultural experiences. What we found was amazing!
- Traveling the Rivers of Laos Laos is a land of rivers. As we continue our travels in Laos we took a three-day river journey down two major rivers in the country: the Nam Ou and Mekong.