A list of your most frequent questions regarding my walk around the world.
- Why walk around the world?
- I came to a point where I looked myself in the mirror and honestly asked myself what do I want to do before I die. And this was the answer. And since I won’t be able to emotionally afford this when I will (hopefully) have a wife and a kid, now it’s the time to do it. And I just feel like it. I consider that the world is a huge place to discover. And I came to a point when I realized I have the liberty to do it. I am tired reading about all the cultures out there, I am tired watching movies about how the world is so beautiful, I had read enough books about wonderful places. And it’s not that I doubt it, but I want to live it, to experience it, to live it first hand. I want to tell the story. And I want to document it, taking as many photos I can, thus celebrating the beautiful diversity. And I want to walk around the world carrying and spreading a message of hope for the idea that people can be good and beautiful. In the mean time, I would like to take this opportunity to raise funds through my adventure for three charity causes: an international one – Water Aid, a Romanian one – Princess Margareta of Romania Trust and a British one – British Heart Foundation. More on the why walk around the world question.
- But still, why walk around the world? Why not use any means of transportation?
- I am confident that it is only walking that will give me the ultimate freedom and thrills of such a journey. On top of that, it’s the cheapest way I could think of.
- What do you expect from this? What are your goals?
- I expect to meet a lot of interesting people with beautiful minds. I honestly think I won’t be disappointed in this matter. I also expect to take a lot of photos and have a lot of stories for you to see and read. About the goals… I don’t know. I cannot think further than finishing my journey. Yes, I think that’s it. I wand to reach the finish line, coming back in Harrogate from the opposite direction.
- Are you doing this for charity?
- I am doing this for charity as well. After much thinking, I chose WaterAid, Princess Margareta of Romania Trust and British Heart Foundation as the organizations to raise money for. I have set my goal at 100.000 pounds for each of the three and hopefully people visiting the adventure’s blog will help me achieve that goal. Donations can be made by simply clicking the JustGiving widget on the right or by visiting my fundraising pages.
- OK, OK, but how are you going to fund all of this?
- I am selling my kilometers. In return of the choice to ‘walk’ with me on The World Photo Tour, anyone can get a 1.000 km part of my walk. Together with the kilometers one will get those kilometers behind-the-scene story, written for him/her, addressed to him/her only and personalized as such, for him/her to read and share as he/she wishes. On top of that, the ‘walker’ will get 100 exclusive photos from his 1.000 km ‘walk’. Of course, if they wish to share the photos in any way, they can do so, as those exclusive photos will be entirely theirs. More than that, the walker will receive a personal phone call thanking him/her for the support, full name acknowledgement as an official sponsor and the pledge of my eternal gratitude as well.
Still though, at this moment I am looking for a sponsor, mainly in the photography, out-door equipment and travel magazines areas. But anyone who would like to join me in this adventure is welcomed. If nothing will be achievable in these matters, I am not afraid to stop every once in a while for some days of work, enough to get me back on the road.
- What is the route will you follow?
- I have drawn the route for The World Photo Tour trying to cover as much of land as possible. I will start my journey in Harrogate, on the 16th of February 2012. Hopefully, I will return here in 5 to 7 years. From Harrogate I will head South to London, and then Dover, where I will get on the continent in France and continue my route through Europe towards Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark. Back to Germany then, heading South-East towards Austria. The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary will follow, after which I will enter Romania, my home country. I will spend a couple of months there to get all my visas and shots so I can continue my journey. At this point I’m still considering whether to go South towards Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan or to continue towards East through Moldavia, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, China, the goal for the middle leg of the Asian journey being India and Nepal. From there, the route would follow the Indochina countries, towards Australia. After Australia and New Zealand, the Alaska – Tierra del Fuego leg will follow. Africa will come next, from South Africa to Morocco, following its East Indian Ocean coast, then the North Mediterranean one and then back to Europe: Portugal, Spain, France and back in the UK. Of course, given the nature of the journey and the troubling times we are passing, I must stay very flexible about the route.
- Are you afraid of anything?
- Death, just like anybody else is. Apart from that, no, not necessarily. But I don’t want to spend too much time thinking about that.
- Is there anybody or anything that inspired you to take this adventure?
- Apart from the list of people I mentioned here, no, not necessarily.
- Are you crazy?
- No. :) Some other people might tell different, though.
- Do you think you are physically able to go on such a journey?
- Yes. And on top of that, what matters more, in my opinion, is the ethos, the mental state you project yourself into.
- What are you going to do after this adventure?
- I don’t know… write a book, have a family and a kid, grow old and telling him stories on a warm summer afternoon… the usual stuff…
- Do you believe in God?
- I believe that people can be kind and have beautiful minds and be brave and honest. I believe in people. I believe in life.
- What music will you listen to on your walk around the world?
- You can find a detailed list in this article.