Plenty of people have taken trips around the world, and usually the motivation to do so is based in a desire for adventure. But it's what a person considers adventure and the route taken that makes each trip so different.
For Alastair Humphreys (who spent five years traveling around the world by bicycle), the motivation was based in self discovery.
Why round the world?
To raise funds and awareness for Hope and Homes for Children, to try and make a go of being a travel writer, but mainly it was for the adventure, to attempt something I thought was probably beyond me, to escape from the stifling routine and swaddling of the easy life in Britain and to try and figure out what was most important to me in my life and how I wanted to live that life.
Alastair didn't take any shortcuts, either. As you can see from his map, he didn't miss much. And he would have seen more if it weren't for the foreign policies of a few pesky governments.
Reid Stowe's motivation for traveling around the world seems to be almost the exact opposite of Alastair's. And he's definitely taking a different route. Stowe is currently in preperations to begin a 1000 day journey at sea. Instead of the adventure that lies in meeting new people and experiencing different cultures, Stowe seems to want to get away from all of that.
"I turned the globe upside down, and I saw all this wide open ocean where there were no lands or people. If I sailed down there, I wouldn't have to deal with the atomic catastrophe that was facing the world."
And Stowe seems to know already that he doesn't want to come back. According to the article "Stowe's ultimate dream is to return to New York after nearly three years, refuel, restock both in provision and crew, and head right back out to the sea."
I can't help but wonder if Mr. Stowe doesn't like people. Though the article does say he's considering bring his girlfriend. I guess if he doesn't, they're pretty much finished?
Mark Twain once said "Travel is fatal to bigotry, prejudice, and narrow-mindedness. Broad, wholesome, and charitable views cannot be acquired by vegetating in one tiny corner of the globe." And while I can't speak for Reid Stowe (and I shouldn't assume anything), I wonder if he got the memo.