Trekking the Planet began as a 424-day, around the world expedition to get kids excited about geography. From January 2012 to March 2013, we visited 53 countries on six continents. We also trekked 470 miles in some of the most remote and unspoiled places on the planet.

By almost exclusively using public and ground transportation, we promoted an active lifestyle, and introduced the concept of sustainability.

Learn more about our expedition by visiting our Trip Overview page.

Our Goal is to help kids increase their understanding of geography and develop an appreciation for the cultural and natural significance of the world. We seek ways to bring geography to life and instill a greater curiosity about the world - its people, culture and fragile planet - in as many young people as possible.

Before we left on our trip, we spoke to thousands of students about our journey and the importance of geography. During our journey we visited classrooms in eight countries, speaking to over 900 students.

Our Materials include education modules, articles and short documentary videos that correspond to the places that we visit. These can be accessed via our website categories, found along the right side of most pages, or through the Geography Navigator page.

Our materials are totally FREE to educators, kids and parents.

We are available for speaking engagements or webcasts at interested schools or civic groups.

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Presentation at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - CSU Fullerton

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About Darren and Sandy

After 25 years in the IT industry, Darren and Sandy Van Soye embarked on a 424-day around-the-world expedition to raise geo-literacy in K-12 students. We saw how travel impacted our own children and our hope was to instill a greater curiosity about the world in other young people.

During our Trekking the Planet journey, we shared educational materials, videos, pictures and stories with 55,000 classroom students in 20 countries about the places that we visited and the activities that we did. We continue to look for ways to bring geography to life!

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