This is the Longest Straight Line You Can Travel in the World 0 832

In 2010, Guy Bruneau from Quebec discovered with Google Earth the longest possible straight line on earth without running into a body of water or any major obstacles. The 8,400 mile (13518 km) path from Liberia in Western Africa to China crosses 9 time zones and 18 countries and territories.

The road goes like this:  Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Burkina Faso again, Niger, Chad, Libya, Egypt, Israel, the West Bank,  Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan again and finally China.

If you could travel about twenty miles a day on foot, it would still take you well over a year to hike this distance in a straight line.

Surprisingly, no one has ever attempted this. Why you may ask?

Not only are you travelling through war torn areas such as Iraq but trying to get through West Africa and the republics of Central Asia which you’ll have to enter several times can be a visa nightmare. Furthermore, the borders that you need to cross along Egypt and Libya are closed to tourists.

The most difficult terrain would be the Sahara Desert and the five-mile-high Pamir Mountains on the Chinese-Tajikistan border, both of which lie directly in your unwavering straight-line path.

Will you be the first to attempt this hike and earn your place in the Guiness Book of World Records? Not to mention crossing off 17 countries from your list.

Via: cntraveller

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Man Says Work is “Unnatural” and Goes on a Permanent “Vacation” instead 0 189

“I’m not ashamed that I don’t like to work,” a 35-year-old cyclist adventurer told Business Insider two years ago. “It’s just very unnatural.”

Not too unlike Alexander Supertramp, “Ultra Romance” has rejected the capitalist industrialist system he was born into and gone Into the Wild.

He “works” (or plays) as a fishing guide on his dad’s charter boat back home in Connecticut about six months a year and travels the world by bicycle for the rest, living on about $10 a day.

“Benedict” (another name he calls himself for “tax reasons”) is not sure how much money he makes (he refuses to count it), but says he can live comfortably on about $10,000 a year. He keeps most of his cash buried in plastic bags and keeps a bank account only so he can buy and sell bicycle parts on eBay

“I went to college and got the degree and was trying to … do the hustle right out of college,” Benedict told Business Insider. “Then it was like, I gotta get a house, I’m 24, I got all these student loans … Before you know it, things work out and you meet the right girl and you settle down and buy the house and have the mortgage payment and the cars.”

“But ultimately that was not going to be me.”


“I don’t like to work. I like to ride my bike and I like to camp … I’m not going to spend the best years of my life doing something completely meaningless.”

Instead Ultra Romance decided to model his life – in part – after hunter-gatherers, who he says took an average of 9 hours a week to procure everything they needed to live. “The rest was all leisure time,” he said. “This is what’s natural to us.”

“Paperwork and bills don’t work for me,” he said in the interview. “They were a big stressor in my life.”

So he eliminated them. He pieced together a bike and hit the road.

It took Benedict about six years to figure out the right work/play balance to support his ideal lifestyle. He’s not into budgeting, but says as long as there’s money in his bag he knows he “must be doing something right.”

“I don’t think too far into the future,” he says. “I think day by day.”

Benedict likes to “maximize relaxation” when he’s on the road (or trail). “I have no real goal. I just ride. It’s riding, setting up a hammock, taking a siesta, and chilling out.”

He prefers sleeping outside, sleeping indoors for only about two weeks per year.

As a mostly vegetarian nutrition major, Benedict has no problem feeding himself. He loves foraging for berries and “nutrient-dense weeds” and gets whatever he can’t find – including loads of yogurt and dark chocolate – at Whole Foods.

“If I’m near the coast I can get seaweed and crabs,” he said.

Without a mortgage, car payment or other bills, Benedict has been able to bike-tour beautiful landscapes all over the world, from Norway to New Zealand. Sometimes he rides alone, sometimes he rides with friends – old and new.

What inspired the name Ultra Romance remains a mystery. It could be the woman he almost settled down with before he broke free from civilization, the woman he currently wanders with, or his adventurous life in general (including all the women in between).

What is not a mystery is how much fun he is having. All you have to do is scroll through the breath-taking photos on one of his or his girlfriend’s Instagram accounts and look at their smiling faces:




Via ReturnToNow

2 Year Old Travels the World, Inspires Everyone With Her Photos 0 913

Originally, this adventure started out as a bonding experience for little Esme with her mom and dad, a way for them to spend time together in those early months while exposing Esme to the wonders of the world.

Now, little Esme is 2 years old, and the adventure continues! What started out as Karen’s maternity leave has now turned into a lifestyle. Karen– under the name Travel Mad Mom– and Shaun– going by Travel Mad Dad– are still travelling the world with Esme. From Africa to Europe to Asia and more… This little family is covering some major ground, working from the road and sharing their adventures on Instagram. Their photos mostly capture Esme in some seriously gorgeous settings.

Check out their adventure below!

Porto Venere, Cinque Terre, Italy

Paradu Tuscany EcoResort, Italy


Venice, Italy

San Marino

Rome, Italy

Manarola Coast, Italy

London, England

Vinales, Cuba

Varadero, Cuba

Tuscany, Italy

Mayfields Lavender Fields (London)

Paris, France

Chapman’s Peak, South Africa

New Taipei City, Taiwan

Bangkok, Thailand

Siam Reap, Combodia

Via: inspiremore

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