26-year-old Chris Lemanski, who was born in California made the brash but brave decision to walk across Europe. Lemanski told Fox News he made the journey after going through a tough time.
“I was going through a pretty bad depression,” he said. “I was kind of ready to give up and say the hell with it.”
The young man asked his cousin for advice on how to clear his head and he told him to take a long walk and that is exactly what inspired him to undertake this journey.
In April 2016, Lemanski decided on the journey after looking up trails and saw one that went from Portugal to Istanbul, Turkey. The traveller said that everything appeared to shift into place after he purchased a cheap ticket to Istanbul.
Lemanski made the trek in 18 months, three of those months he was stuck in Morocco after he overstayed his visa for about three months. However, he was able to sneak out of the country and catch a boat to Germany where he continued his journey.
As for how much money he spent in 18 months, Lemanski said he saved and people were generous.
“I saved money, I bought a ukulele and played on the streets,” Lemanski said. “I also accepted money through donations from my blog.”
He also said people bought him beers and dinners.
Lemanski said people were generous throughout his whole journey except Luxembourg, but he explained he was “smelling pretty bad at that point” and was “pretty hairy.”
The worldly traveller reflected upon what he learned on his journey. “You realize you’re much stronger than you think you are,” Lemanski said.
He explained the walking made helped his anxiety and made him peaceful. “You learn to tolerate the pain and discomfort,” Lemanski said. “You learn to enjoy it after a while.”
As for his next journey, he says he will “go with the flow.” “Who knows? Maybe I’ll go to the Peace Corps. Maybe I’ll go to Germany to get my masters or teach English in China,” he said.
Lemanski said he was sure he wanted to travel the world and was no longer comfortable with being in one place.