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11 Jan 2017FINDING ADVENTURE IN THE MODERN AGE (GO-SIM)

Long-haul travel is on the rise. With travelers looking to explore new parts of the world, and airlines improving their capacity with bigger, newer fleets of planes, destinations that were once considered out of reach are now temptingly close. But is this new era of convenience taking some of the adventure out of travelling? If you feel this way, you're not alone, and there are a couple of explorers out there right now who are doing things a little differently.

First up is Ty Dalitz, from Melbourne, Australia. Ty had a number of options for visiting the UK. The first, simplest and most mainstream option was to book a flight. This would have cost him about £1,000 and taken approximately 24 hours. But that was too easy for Ty, who decided he was going to make the journey using anything but a plane. And so he did, travelling 37,000 miles in 846 days (two years and three months).

This was by no means a race. By his own admission, Ty could have completed his journey significantly sooner than he did, having set off from Australia in the summer of 2014 and arriving in Europe just over a year later. However, in his words, 'he got distracted', and spent another year and a half travelling around Europe before finally boarding a ferry to the UK. Along the way, he travelled by sail, motorbike, train, boat and hitch-hiker, all seemingly without any sort of plan at all: "There was no real planning, just a rough route of knowing I wanted to go through China at some point."

If that sounds a bit too easy for you – after all, Ty was only attempting to travel from one end of the world to the other without stepping on a plane – then perhaps Thor Pedersen's challenge to himself will be more your speed. Thor, you see, is not merely going from A to B without using a plane. Thor is going to every country in the world without using a plane. It's a journey that started in 2013 and is not likely to be completed until 2019. It takes a while because for the most part, Thor is travelling on container ships, which can take weeks to cross oceans. The effort should be worthwhile, as it's believed that he'll be the first person to visit every country in the world without using a plane, should he complete his quest.

Holding a world-record that no one else is likely to want to beat may be a suitable prize for Mr Pedersen, but there are other rewards out there. Take Welsh explorer Ash Dykes, who recently walked the length of the island of Madagascar from South to North – some 1,600 miles. While his original challenge was to highlight the challenges facing Madagascar's incredibly diverse wildlife, the government of Madagascar have awarded him the role of UK Ambassador for Tourism for the island.
If this sounds like the sort of job you might want, then this offer might be of interest – Royal Caribbean Cruises are looking to hire an intern to travel on their ships and post photos to Instagram. That's it. Sure, it's not hacking your way through thick jungle, surviving malaria or staving off boredom on a container ship during a two-week voyage across the Pacific Ocean, but to get paid to be on holiday? Where do we sign up…?