The Zen Nomad: World Pilgrimage
The Wisdom of Humanity.
• October 2021 • 5 years • 7 continents •
by Daniel Beaumont
Idea: A 5-year journey spanning 7 continents, travelling to document and share the stories, lives and wisdom from everyday people encountered spontaneously on the journey.
Route: North America > Central America > South America > Antartica > Australasia > Asia > Middle East > Africa > Europe
About The Project
We live in a society that idolises and looks up to a minority of individuals (gurus, famous people, authors, coaches) for life’s most important answers. However, I believe that wisdom is all around us 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 learn something from every single person we meet, the idea of The World Pilgrimage is to travel all 7 continents, uncovering and documenting the stories and wisdom that unite humanity.
The aim of the journey is to travel overland and unconventionally using a combination of walking, cycling & hitchhiking. 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 some of the most meaningful stories and lessons learned from spontaneous interactions.
The journey will commence in October 2021, and is estimated to take approximately 5 years to complete, taking base in a new place every 5 months to rest, write and get to know the locals. The route is planned as follows, but is 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 about the journey. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the timeline of events so far and the plan going forward:
2012 – 2017: The idea of the World Pilgrimage was formed on the back of a series of successful smaller expeditions (e.g. Hitchhiking 30,000km’s across North America & Europe). 50 interviews have already been conducted, as well as a vast amount of experienced gained in planning long-term expeditions, journalism, marketing and media production.
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.
2021 – 2026: The World Pilgrimage commences – real-time documentation of the journey predominantly in video format, but also written.
2026 – 2027: 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 that requires the help of a team of individuals with varied skillsets and whom 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 the experience on the move.
Project Management/Logistics: A project manager to help remotely with the organisation and any logistical challenges the team will face.
Social Media/Marketing: Social media and marketing experts to manage social media channels to help share and document the journey while the team is on the move.
Post Production: A team of editors to help create the 2-hour documentary, as well as an editor to help bring the book to life.
If any of these positions 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.