A Slow-Travel Journalism Expedition
A world pilgrimage to uncover the wisdom that unites humanity.
• October 2022 • 5 years • 7 continents •
Idea: A 5-year journey spanning all 7 continents, travelling to document and chronicle the stories, lives and wisdom from everyday people encountered while pilgrimaging the world.
Route: North America > Central America > South America > Antartica > Australasia > Asia > Middle East > Africa > Europe
About The Project
We live in a society that looks up to and idolises a minority of individuals (e.g. gurus, famous people, authors, coaches) for life’s most important answers. However, I believe that wisdom is all around us, waiting to be uncovered and that each and every one of us has a valuable and meaningful story to share with the rest of the world.
Carrying the belief that we can all learn something from every single person we meet, the idea of the Wisdom of Humanity project is to travel to all 7 continents, meeting everyday people to uncover and document the stories, lessons and wisdom that unite humanity.
The aim of the expedition is to travel overland using a combination of walking, cycling & hitchhiking. Mixing structure and spontaneity, the journey will be documented from the field using a mixture of mediums, predominantly writing and video, showcasing a raw and honest depiction of life on the road, alongside the raw stories shared and lessons learned from spontaneous interactions with people encountered along the way.
The journey will commence in October 2022, and is estimated to take approximately 5 years to complete, taking base every 5 months to rest, write and chronicle the journey. The preliminary route is planned as follows, but of course, can be subject to change:
North America > Central America > South America > Antartica > Australasia > Asia > Middle East > Africa > Europe.
From start to finish, the journey is estimated to take about 9 years to complete. That’s 3 years of pre-planning and organisation, the 5-year journey, and 1-year post-production of a documentary and book chronicling the highlights of the journey. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the timeline of events so far and the plan going forward:
2012 – 2019: The idea of Wisdom of Humanity was formed on the back of a series of successful smaller expeditions (Hitchhiking 30,000km’s across North America & Europe). 50+ interviews have already been conducted, as well solid experienced gained in planning & executing long-term expeditions, travel journalism and documentation.
2019 – 2022: Planning/logistics, pilot test of concept, formation of team, securing sponsorship, organising equipment, marketing, physical and mental preparation, improving production skills, finalising itinerary.
2022 – 2027: Expedition Wisdom of Humanity commences – real-time documentation of the journey predominantly in video format, but also written, periodic journalistic content.
2027 – 2028: Post-production and editing of footage and content, followed by the release of a documentary and book showcasing the journey.
This is a big journey and an expedition that requires the help of a team of individuals with a specific skill set and who have prior experience with extended travel expeditions. The various roles needed for the journey are as follows:
Production: On the ground videographers, photographers & editors to help document and chronicle the journey on the move.go
Project Management/Logistics: A project manager to help remotely with the organisation and any logistical challenges the team will face along the way.
Social Media/Marketing: Social media and marketing experts working remotely to help manage social media channels, create content and document the journey while the team is on the move.
Post Production: A team of editors to create the 2-hour documentary, as well as an editor and publishing house to help bring the book to life.
If any of these roles excite you and you want to be part of the journey, please get in touch here.
Risks & Challenges
Traversing 7 continents over 5 years is clearly a demanding journey, bringing with it many obvious risks & challenges that must be appreciated and mitigated.
However, the journey bears a lot of similarities with many extended unconventional travel expeditions we’ve embarked on over the last 5 years. To that degree, we are confident that this experience, coupled with 3 years of proactive planning and assessments to anticipate and mitigate risks will put us in a strong position to tackle this journey in the best possible way.
We hope that by the end of the journey we manage to achieve the following:
- To document the journey as we go in the form of video series, live interviews, & written articles, as well as collaborative projects in local communities on route.
- A 2-hour documentary & book – showcasing a raw and honest depiction of life on the road, alongside the stories shared and lessons learned from the people we meet during the journey.