Man and Dog Walk Around the World in Seven Years

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Tom Turcich, a resident of New Jersey, accomplished the remarkable feat of walking around the world over seven years, completing the journey on May 21, 2022. Covering a staggering 48,000 kilometers across six continents and traversing 38 countries, Tom's expedition was notably accompanied by his faithful companion, a dog named Savannah.

Motivated by a profound shift in perspective following the tragic death of a friend at age 17, Tom embarked on this epic journey. The extensive planning and saving took over eight years before Tom, then 26, set out from his home on April 2, 2015, heading towards Panama. Equipped with a stroller carrying essential items such as a sleeping bag, a laptop, a camera, and provisions, he commenced his unparalleled adventure.

Around four months into the expedition, Tom adopted Savannah from a Texas animal shelter, marking her as the first dog to circumnavigate the globe on foot. The duo covered 30-40 kilometers daily, camping through most nights. Noteworthy challenges included a boat journey from Uruguay to Antarctica.

Despite a hiatus in 2017 due to illness during travels through Ireland and the UK, Tom and Savannah resumed their trek in May 2018. Their journey encompassed Europe, North Africa, and Turkey, with an unexpected six-month stay in Azerbaijan due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After traversing Kyrgyzstan and flying to Seattle, Tom and Savannah completed their remarkable journey by walking back to New Jersey. Tom, reflecting on the arduous adventure, identified the desolate landscapes of Wyoming as the most challenging to traverse. Now back home, Tom aspires to settle down, taking the time to document his extraordinary journey in a book.


1- Where Tom Turcich and Savannah take a boat to from Uruguay?

2- What was the reason for the temporary hiatus in Tom Turcich's journey in 2017?

3- What is Tom Turcich's plan now that he's back home?


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Parts of this lesson are based on: An article by Kezia Smith.