As a kid, Alex Chacon would look at the globe and wonder what other parts of the world looked like. Once he graduated from the University of Texas, he sold everything and climbed aboard a motorcycle for an epic trip to see the world.
Well, not just see the world, but film it too.
The motorcyclist-adventurer traveled 125,946 miles in 36 countries over 600 days on five motorcycles, and then took five months editing snippets of his journey into one of the more interesting travelogues, as you'll see.
"Around the World in 360 Degrees" is a three-minute video showing Chacon in various landscapes, in front of landmarks, and participating in a variety of adventurous activities such as snowboarding, paragliding, bungee jumping, and scuba diving—all filmed as selfies with a GoPro at the end of a stick. Many were done while making a 360-degree turn.
"I thought, 'How do I show the world and share with people every place I will see in a unique way,'" Chacon told the New York Daily News. "Especially on the Internet, where we all have the attention span of a goldfish."
This is what the adventurer came up with:
The Modern Motorcycle Diaries include places such as Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Morocco, Oman, India, Nepal, Europe, Alaska, and Mexico.
"I want to show the world to people in a way that shows goodness in people," he told the Daily News. "I want to show it to people and inspire their passion, and to do good."
And he did do good. From his Modern Motorcycle Diaries:
His story is as incredible as it is inspirational, unique, and motivational. He endeavored to work directly with the less fortunate children of the world in each of the 22+ Latin American countries he visited. As a Medical Student leaving everything behind, he was able to show the world these incredible encounters from his unique perspective. He faced life endangering situations, bureaucratic difficulties, politics, crime, natural disasters, sleeping in parking lots, running out of money while at the same time raising funds internationally for charity from sponsors and individuals following the journey online.
The 26-year-old from El Paso, Texas, said on Facebook that future destinations include Africa, Australia, and Asia.
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