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Hitchhike for Humanity - Prague to Dakar.

Organized by: Todd Mollenkopf

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THE STORY:

Hello, I'm Todd. I'm 45. Born on a farm in Ohio. I had a childhood instinct to make the world a better place, and in 1989 I left home to explore the world.

Today I'm pursuing a goal - to help open overland backpacker routes to/from Africa. Here's why...

By 2014 I had traveled 25 years, and stopped in Prague to rest some months. There I rented a house, and because I enjoy the company of travelers - believeing they are the most impactful people on planet - I invited anyone passing through Prague to stay a night at my place, for free.

Soon travelers from a hundred countries started arriving. Couchsurfers, hitchhikers, woofers, students, buskers, pilgrims, and digital nomads like bloggers, photographers, tutors, hackers, translators, musicians, circus performers, and arborists came here. 3200 in total. All strangers of diverse backgrounds with hundreds of talents, and one characteristic in common - tolerance.

Tolerance is the most important social quality for the 21st century, and every budget-class traveler has it.

At my house every week came travelers from places at odds back home - Iran & Israel, Turkey & Armenia, China and Taiwan, Russia & Ukraine, Michigan & Ohio. Also travelers of every faith have mixed and mingled happily here. It works because at the traveler level people get along, and moreover, they are curious, generous, empathetic.

So now I'm on a kick about opening backpacker routes to/from Africa. Always in last place on every list, Africa is the continent least visited by travelers, and the continent producing the fewest backpackers of its own.

Africa will benefit as more of its own begin to travel, and the world's other budget travelers see Africa as accessible. 

I'll test the overland route myself - Prague to Dakar - to see how fast/cheaply/safely it can be done. I'll hitchhike there and fly back, leaving my tent, backpack, and sleeping bag for the next traveler.

Along the road I'll connect with the CouchSurfing and woofing communities to establish a caravan route for overlanders, update Hitchwiki pages, blog about the Saharawi people, and help Crowdrise grow their network of hair stylists in Sahara who accept impact points.

If other travelers take the Challenge I'll share extra funds raised on Crowdrise to sponsor your journey.

More details:

  • Hitchhike distance 6500-7000km.
  • Journey time 12-15 days (WAG).
  • Seems like Western Sahara and Mauritania is the hairy bit.
  • But visas for most nationalities available at border crossings in Mauritania and Senegal.

$310

 

21% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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  • A kiwi traveler

     

  • Aaron Baxter

     

  • Jim Brennan

    $100

  • Frank

     

  • Lachlan Cresswell

    $50

  • Vik

    $100

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Todd Mollenkopf

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Donor Comments

Vik

Vik

DONATION: $100

Nomads - who belong on the road 2 years ago

Lachlan Cresswell

Lachlan Cresswell

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Frank

Frank

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” â 2 years ago

Jim Brennan

Jim Brennan

DONATION: $100

Just supporting a good friend who has an adventurous spirt along with being brilliant, humble, a hard worker and a world class entrepreneur! Safe travels my friend and please stay in touch ! 2 years ago

Aaron Baxter

Aaron Baxter

2 years ago

A kiwi traveler

A kiwi traveler

Hope to walk it when it's ready! 2 years ago

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