“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”


The famous Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, has inspired many travellers, but for Darren Weir his journey began as a young boy growing up in Edmonton when he dreamed about travelling around the world. His turning point came when a 23-year relationship came to an end. He took stock of his life and said, “I’ve got some money, my health, I’m single and turning 50. If I don’t do it now, when will I?”

Weir expects the two-year trip will cost him $30,000 to 40,000 and his goal is to pack in as much adventure as possible. He’ll be taking a plane ride through the Himalayas, gliding down the Nile in a wooden boat, learning to dive in the Red Sea, taking in the Surin Elephant roundup, climbing Mt. Fuji and running the Great Wall Marathon in Beijing.

The last few months have been filled with a flurry of planning, inoculations, obtaining visas and plane tickets. He admits to only one tough moment and that was quitting his television production job at CP24 in Toronto. Panic washed over him as he thought, “What have I done, am I crazy?” But his confidence returned quickly and now Darren is just days away from embarking on a trip of a lifetime. When he returns to Canada two years from now he wants to be able to say, “I did it. I lived my dream.”

His two-year odyssey begins on Dec. 1. Bon voyage, my friend, and travel safely.


Follow Darren Weir’s adventure: www.rtwtravels.com