With flights to nearly every nation in the world these days, it seems pretty easy to travel around the world, But to do that literally? Not so easy. Truly circumnavigating the globe is much more serious:
“A true circumnavigation of the Earth must: start and finish at the same point, traveling in one general direction, reach two antipodes, cross the equator, cross all longitudes, cover a minimum of 40,000km…” Explorers Web AdventureStats, 2007.
So, how can you manage this? Here are 8 ways that people already have:
If, like most of us, you can't walk on water, don't give up hope! Robert Garside took 5 years and 8 months to run 35,000 miles in 30 countries around the world after setting off in Delhi, India, in 1997. Because he crossed every landmass, his journey counts as circumnavigation.
2. Sailing- The first world circumnavigation by ship was Ferdinand Magellan's expedition. The expedition left in 1519 and took over three years to complete.
3. Aviation- The earliest aerial circumnavigation was by 2 US army amphibian planes called ‘Chicago’ and ‘New Orleans’ taking 371 hours and 11 minutes. They made it around the world in 57 ‘hops’ in 1924 beginning and ending in Seattle, Washington.
4. Cruise-It is technically now possible for you or I to go on an around the world cruise. The RMS Laconia was the first cruise to circumnavigate the world in 1923, taking 130 days and calling in at 22 ports.
5. Balloon- In 2000, Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones circumnavigated the world in their Roziere balloon. It took them 19 days, 21 hours and 47 minutes in the air before they landed in the Egyptian dessert.
6. Bicycle- Mark Beaumant broke the record for cycling round the world in 2007/8 after cycling for 194 days and 17 hours, breaking the previous record by 81 days. He arrived back at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris after travelling 18,296 miles through 20 countries.