As Andre Brugiroux’s wrinkled fingers hover over the world map laid out throughout his backyard desk in Boussy-Saint-Antoine (southeast of Paris), the 83-year-old French man tells story after story of his travels.
Over the course of a lifetime, the now-retired globe trotter claims to have visited each present nation and territory. In whole, 251 of them in keeping with his personal depend, together with unrecognized states comparable to Somaliland or Tristan da Cunha island, probably the most distant inhabited archipelago of the world.
“I’d make folks smile however I feel that to be able to journey effectively, there is just one recipe and it’s not in vacationer guides,” Brugiroux says. “You might want to love folks after which they’ll come to you.”
The adventurer first left France on the age of 17, after ending catering research, to work as a waiter in Scotland. His travels would find yourself taking Brugiroux throughout Europe, to Canada and, from there, around the globe.
From 1967 to 1973, he traveled 400,000 kilometers (248,548 miles) by hitching rides on automobiles, boats and planes, spending no multiple greenback a day.
“I noticed that if I solely hitchhiked with out going to lodges, I may see the entire world,” he instructed Reuters. “I didn’t know I might journey 400,000 kilometers by hitchhiking, it simply occurred regardless of myself.”
His journey solely got here to a short lived finish as dysentery pressured him to return to France to heal. After that, Brugiroux saved on travelling each 12 months till 2019, when he lastly settled down as his age didn’t permit him to go on.
Brugiroux has written a number of books, produced a documentary utilizing the footage he recorded whereas touring and given dozens of conferences to share the teachings of his adventures.
A dominant affect within the understanding of the world he developed is the Baha’i religion, that originated in modern-day Iran, which the French man visited within the Nineteen Seventies. A major characteristic of that perception is the oneness of humanity.
“Man in every single place has received a coronary heart and emotions. Everyone knows pleasure and ache. My luck with travelling is that I’ve been in a position to test it,” Brugiroux says. “That’s why my conclusion is that the Earth is just one nation and we’re all residents of that one nation.”