This poster by designer Ian Coyle speaks to me.
When I was 9 months old, my parents and I flew from Hong Kong to New Zealand. They moved to country they had never been to before with an infant. I can’t say I’d have the courage to do that. In the years since, we were lucky enough to travel back to Hong Kong fairly often. Usually we would travel with stopovers in other countries. I’ve been spoilt.
I find inspiration in travel. In both food and in design and in life. Travel gives perspective and nourishes in so many ways. I’d sooner blow all my cash on travel than save for a house. Being a homeowner is so overrated.
I hear so many stories of people who plan to travel in their retirement. Only they die young or are not physically enough when the time arrives. Which is why Gunther Holtorf’s story is so touching. Gunther Holtorf is a 74 year old German man, who, in 1989, following the fall of the Berlin Wall, packed up his Mercedes Benz G Wagen (he lovingly calls Otto) and his wife, Christine. They embarked on what was intended to be a 18 month trip through the continent of Africa. Twenty-three years later, his wife since passed away, Gunther is still traveling. Five hundred thousand miles, two hundred countries, one car. More recently he has been traveling through the same parts of Asia that I have been through.
Watch the narrated slideshow of his incredible journey over on the BBC news website here.