Walter Chang Records His Incredible 3-Year Journey to Over 60 Countries

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim

Many of us daydream about dropping everything we have one day and traveling across the world. Walter Chang actually did it.

As an overworked, exhausted young professional in 2010, Chang began having thoughts about quitting his job traveling through Southeast Asia for three months. For about a year, he saved up money by moving out of his apartment, selling most of his belongings and crashing at his friends’ homes.

In September 2011, Chang hopped on a plane and went to see the world. He traveled to Nepal and trekked to the Everest Base Camp, saw cheetahs in southern Africa and visited the spiritual sites of Varanasi, India.

What was initially meant to be a three-month trip became a year. A year soon became two. Then three. Chang’s final tally of traveling included over 60 countries, mugging in Chile, a near-fatal car accident in the Namib Deserta as well as lifelong memories and relationships.

Armed with camera equipment, Chang recorded his globetrotting adventures in photographs and on film, and he’s now working on a photo book to share his memories and hopefully inspire a bit of wanderlust in young people.

The film portion of his “We Call This Home” project is complete (you can watch it above), but the photo book needs a bit of financial support to complete.

Chang took to Kickstarter to fund the remaining expenses of the photo book, namely finalizing designs as well as printing and shipping costs. Even though the campaign began just a few days ago, it has already raised nearly $6,000 out of the requested $12,000 goal.

Rewards include the hardcover photo book itself, postcards, an E-book edition, and 11”x14” prints of collages or images not featured in the book. Everything is slated to ship out by May 2016.

For more information, you can check out the Kickstarter page, as well as visit Chang’s We Call This Home website. Chang also wrote a more detailed account of his travels for Medium.


Feature image via Kickstarter

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