How This Man and His Dog Spent Seven Years Walking Around the World

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Tom Turcich, an Indian boy, has walked sufficiently to travel the globe. Even though it looks excessive, Turcich pulled it off. According to Guinness World Records, the on-foot circumnavigation was an 18,000-kilometer excursion over four continents.

Savannah, Turcich’s dog, was the only animal to accomplish the task, leaving him just the tenth human to achieve it.

In 2006, he set out on a seven-year journey that began and ended in his New Jersey residence. Turcich’s sixteen years old friend, Annemarie, was killed on a jet ski at the age of 17 years old.

Because he wanted to make the best of his brief time on this planet, Turcich began looking for ways to accomplish just that. As a result of his investigation, he learned about Steven Newman, a guy who first traveled all around the globe from 1983 to 1987.

In addition, Turcich came upon the tale of Karl Bushby, a guy. He has been traveling globally since 1998 to be the first individual to walk an unbroken route around the globe. Turcich was inspired by the attitude and manners displayed by these men, and he decided to follow their lead.

He opted to walk around the globe instead of using other (quicker) transportation modes because he believed it was the best way to learn about the world and be exposed to different places.

Turcich spent decades training before beginning his quest. He worked part-time and stayed with his family for the first 2 years after college graduation.

Philadelphia Sign, the proprietor of the local shop, was alerted to Turcich’s plans only moments before he left. In honor of Turcich’s “sense of the opportunities,” he offered to assist fund the trip since his children were close to Lynch &  Shannon Newell (another friend who passed away tragically).

Turcich eventually left his house after nine years of planning, collecting, and dreaming on April 2, 2015, the day before he turned 26. He started on his own, only carrying the essentials in his baby stroller, including his hiking gear, a MacBook, and a digital SLR camera.

His journey was methodically planned to tour every continent without encountering any red tape.

 

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As he documented his everyday life on his blog, The World Walk, and on Instagram, Turcich became a chronicler of his own experiences. To go over the Darien Gap, a dangerous jungle area that separates Panama and Colombia, he & Savannah had to fly.

The party trekked from Bogota to Montevideo in South America the following year to prepare for their trip to Antarctica. They went home after taking a break to get Savannah ready for her flight to Europe.

They could travel through Ireland & Scotland until Turcich fell ill with a bacterial illness and had to spend one month in a Hospital in London. He recovered when he returned to the US  in September of that year.

It took its toll upon him even after he began walking again in May this year after being unwell and exposed to the elements for a long time.

Turcich’s resolve was as strong as his resolve to take action when it came to accomplishing his goal.

While Turcich was in North Africa, he stayed in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. An Italian and Balkan adventure followed, including a Tuscany stopover to commemorate his 30th birthday.

A journey that Turcich had been working on for at least five years was delayed by his deteriorating health at the year’s end and the coronavirus pandemic, which shut down numerous countries’ borders to travelers. He landed in Azerbaijan shortly before the outbreak began and was forced to stay for six months.

As a result of the country’s tight travel regulations, Turcich could not go to Australia or Mongolia. While in Seattle, they began the final leg of their trip from Kyrgyzstan back to the USA in August 2021.

For Turcich, Savannah’s enthusiasm for the living lifestyle has served as a constant source of motivation throughout the journey.

 

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Tom Turcich arranged a get-together for relatives and friends when he returned to Haddon, New Jersey, after a seven-year, 28,000-mile odyssey.

 

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Here are more pictures from their journey:

 

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