Do you ever fantasize about traveling the globe, leaving all or most of your worldly possessions behind?
For 11 years, Jean Béliveau did just that, embarking on a walking tour that took him across 75,000 km, through five continents and more than 60 countries before he finally returned home to the Montreal area on Sunday, the CBC reports.
Mr. Béliveau, now 56, set off from home in 2000, after shutting down his business and facing something of a mid-life crisis, he told CBC.
“It was a crucial moment for me. I [thought]I should do something that is crazy, different than what we have in our society,” he said.
The CBC says he started out running, and got all the way to Atlanta, Ga. before he slowed down. He had a three-wheeled trailer carrying basic supplies for much of the trip, but at certain points, he struggled to find food and shelter. Along the way, he stayed with people he met, encountered dignitaries and aimed to raise awareness for non-violence and peace for children around the world. According to The Canadian Press, he even ate bugs and snakes and bunked with escaped murderers in Africa.
He also reportedly went through 54 pairs of shoes during the course of his trip.
Upon his return, Mr. Béliveau was reunited with his wife and his mother. And he met his second granddaughter, age 5, for the first time. He told reporters one of the things he missed most is having a quiet coffee in the morning with his wife.
How long could you go before longing to return home?