The Zen Nomad: World Pilgrimage
An enquiry into the wisdom of humanity.
• October 2020 • 4 years • 6 continents •
by Daniel Beaumont
Idea: A 4-year journey spanning 6 continents, travelling unconventionally, while documenting and sharing the stories, lessons and wisdom of everyday people encountered along the way.
Route: Europe > Middle East > Africa > Asia > Australasia > South America > Central America > North America
Seeking: Sponsorship, videographers, photographers, marketing & social media assistants, PA.
Deliverables: Documentary & Book
We live in a society that often looks up to a select minority (e.g. gurus, famous people, authors, coaches, experts) for the answers to life. I contend that notion, because I believe wisdom is all around us, and that despite cultural differences, each and everyone of us has a unique story to tell and a perspective to share about life.
Carrying the belief that we can learn something from everybody we meet, the idea of the TZN World Pilgrimage is to travel across 6 continents with the goal of uncovering and sharing the universal stories and wisdom that unite humanity.
The aim of the journey is to travel unconventionally using a combination of walking, cycling & hitchhiking. The journey will be documented on the go in the form of a video series which will showcase life on the road, alongside the best stories and lessons learned from the people encountered along the way. At the end of the journey, the best footage and stories will be used to create a 2-hour documentary and book, both set to be released 1 year after the journey concludes.
The journey will commence in October 2020, and is estimated to take up to 4 years to complete, taking base every 5 months to rest, write and keep on top of content production. The route is planned as follows, but is subject to change:
Europe > Middle East > Africa > Asia > Australasia > South America > Central America > North America
From start to finish, the World Pilgrimage is estimated to take 8 years to complete. That’s 3 years of planning and organisation, the 4-year journey, and 1-year post-production of the documentary and book. The journey will also be organised and documented on the go, making the post-production period a lot smoother.
2012 – 2017: The idea of the World Pilgrimage was formed out on the back of a series of successful smaller expeditions (e.g. Hitchhiking 30,000km’s across North America & Europe). 50 interviews have already conducted, experienced gained in long-term expedition planning, journalism, production and interviewing.
2017 – 2020: Planning/logistics, pilot test of concept, formation of team, securing sponsorship, organising equipment, marketing, physical and mental preparation, improving production skills, finalising itinerary.
2020 – 2024: World Pilgrimage commences – real time documentation of the journey in video and written format as the team moves around the world.
2024 – 2025: Post production and editing of footage and content, followed by the release of completed deliverables: A documentary and book showcasing the journey.
This is a big journey that requires the assistance of a team of individuals with different skillsets, who also have previous experience with longer-term travel expeditions. The various roles needed for the journey are as follows:
Production: On the ground videographers, photographers & editors to help capture and edit footage on the move.
Project Management/Logistics: A project manager to help remotely with the organisation and logistical challenges that the team will face.
Social Media/Marketing: Social media and marketing experts to manage social media channels and market the World Pilgrimage while the team is on the move.
Post Production: A team of editors to help create the final 2 hour documentary, as well as an editor to help complete the book.
If any of these positions excite you and you want to be part of the journey, please get in touch here.
Risks & Challenges
Traversing across 6 continents over 4 years is clearly a demanding feat which brings with it a lot of risks & challenges that need to be appreciated and mitigated.
The journey will bear a lot of similarities with previous expeditions that have been carried out over the last 5 years – long unconventional travel expeditions. To that degree, we are confident that this past experience, coupled with 3 years of proactive planning and assessments to anticipate and mitigate risks will leave our team in a good position to tackle this journey in the best possible way.
The desired outcome of the journey is as follows:
- To document the journey as we go in the form of video series, live interviews, & written articles, as well as collaborative projects on route.
- A 2-hour documentary & book – showcasing life on the road, alongside the best stories and lessons learned from the people we meet on the journey.