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Trekking the Planet visited 50 countries on six continents, on a 424-day journey, as a way to help students from ages 6 to 17 years old learn more about world geography. Our mission is to instill a greater awareness and curiosity about the world – its people, culture and our fragile planet – to as many kids as possible. Studies have shown that American knowledge of geography is among the worst in the world. By following the progress of this expedition, kids gained greater knowledge of where Kyrgyzstan or Ethiopia is, for example, and learn more about the world’s people, culture and nature.

This is a fantastic idea. I’m looking forward to following you along with my students. Thank you!” – Pam B.

During the time we were away, we took a series of hikes or “treks” to some of the most remote and unspoiled places in the world. We are traveled by ground (boat, train, bus) where possible, to experience the world more closely and minimize our carbon footprint. We left on our expedition in January 2012 and completed our travels in March 2013.

To date we have 850 subscriptions from Educators located in 20 countries, representing 55,000 students. We also have a Friends subscriber base of over 300 people.

All subscribers receive a periodic newsletter with updates on our activities, as well as access to our education materials, stories, pictures and video updates from our travels.

Your articles are well written and very informative. My students and I are fully enjoying reading about your travels and preparations! Stay safe and have fun!” – Lisa S

Here is a sample of a newsletter that subscribers receive:

My fifth graders were excited to watch the videos about your trip.” – Libates

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Looking for some ideas on how to use our materials with your students? After conversations with elementary, junior high and high school educators, we developed the following 10 Fun Geography Activities list. We hope that these ideas can help in your classroom! If you have other ideas to share, feel free to contact us or send us an email at

“Thank you for dedicating a part of your adventure to students! We Americans don’t know enough of the world, so I’m looking forward to sharing your exploits with my 4th and 5th graders. I’ll be checking back to see you are doing.” – Tim T.

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