Took a selfie vlog and grew a beard!
This time, on #RedefiningTravel we are going to talk about people. People who have changed the way travel works. People who have broken away from the norm and followed that one dream. People who have truly redefined travel. These Vloggers and travel selfie maniacs are a bunch of people with the wackiest of travel ideas and experiences. We will start with —
The Man who walked across a country: Christoph Rehage
Christoph Rehage likes to walk sometimes (sic). So much so that he started a walk from Beijing to Germany and covered his entire experience into a five minute long video. A Native of Hanover and a student of Cultural studies in China, Chris decided to take the longer walk home. With all his modesty about his accomplishments he says that this video was an inspiration from his love for walking. When he realised that he loved walking more than anything else, he decided to just act upon that love.
His intense travelogue is a day-by-day compilation of his journey through the highs and lows of the walk.
“On the morning of my 26th birthday, on November 9th 2007, I started walking home from Beijing to Germany. I walked and I walked, growing a beard that got later called mighty by some and patchy by others, and then, after a year on the road, close to the border of Kazakhstan, I stopped walking.
I returned home to our village, made a video about the walk called “The Longest Way”, and posted it online. Little did I know that it would turn out to become a minor internet sensation.” We said he was modest.
The walk was a journey of immense realizations, wasn’t easy but it led him to take up yet another thing he feared and liked a lot- writing. Since then, He has published a coffee table book about China and about ‘The Longest way’. If you stumble upon his blogs, he will tell you about the best travel books, how to be Chinese and some amazing beverages.
Check out his video here while he zip-zap-zooms you through time and takes you with him to the walk while growing a beard through his journey—it is pretty intense. Since his video went viral, he received a number of emails and requests asking him for tips and inspirations and pointers on what to do and what not to do.
Apart from his extended list of things you need to know, here is his universal piece of advice for every traveller. – “It doesn’t matter what dream you choose to follow, as long as you have one. Go follow your dream, and laugh while you’re doing it!”
Stay tuned here for more such people who are #RedefiningTravel through their willingness to stop missing out on the world, step out of their comfort zones to explore. Explore the world, explore yourself.