Who better to see the world with than your best friend? Especially when your best friend is a dog. Tom Turcich of New Jersey and his adorable pooch Savannah have walked over 18,000 miles through the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Italy, Turkey and dozens of other countries over the past five years. It’s been a life-changing adventure. They’ve survived hardship, and they’ve experienced the kindness of strangers along the way. And they’ve still got miles to go.
Video Script:: imagine walking your dog eight hours a day across 35 different countries meet tom and his dog savannah she's ready they are doing just that [Music] together they've walked 18 000 miles over the past five years i wanted to be off the beaten track i wanted to have adventure walking was the solution to that [Music] when i was 17 my close friend emery died suddenly i realized how fleeting life was and how i needed to make the most of things what i wanted to do was to travel and to experience humanity in the deepest most immersive way possible on his 26th birthday tom packed a sleeping bag an extra pair of shoes and a few essential items and left the comforts of his new jersey home to embark on this journey oh and day five my ankle is wrapped up it's all swollen right there after four months of walking on my own camping in strange places and waking up in the middle of the night i realized it would be really nice to have a dog with me so when i got to austin texas i went to an adoption center what's up savannah [Applause] there she is from texas tom and savannah crossed their first border into mexico mexico was the first foreign country that i was walking through so it was an onslaught of new experiences new sounds there's the beautiful city after walking 24 miles a day for 72 days they made their way into south america where they faced some challenges costa rica became the most challenging walking that savannah and i experienced the walk-in has been really tough super humid down here it was 100 degrees 100 humidity walking through jungle there's no wind and then in chile savannah sneezes and her nose starts to bleed savannah almost died from a tick bite luckily some locals helped them get to a vet and she recovered through moments like these tom began to realize the power and beauty in the kindness of complete strangers one evening in the middle of the desert savannah and i came to a crossroads where there was a little restaurant and nothing else around and when we asked if we could stay there for the night the owner gave us dinner and put us up and so it seemed no matter how far we were from everything someone was always there to help us day 7.99 i am pretty tired she's not tired never tired she is never tired this pair of shoes they are fairly destroyed after two years of walking they took a boat antarctica before picking his wall back up in europe and continuing east [Music] italy provided everything in abundance beautiful landscape and food and culture every little village is just more beautiful than the next croatia was a magical place turkey it was one of the most beautiful warmest places that savannah and i crossed today tom and savannah are currently in baku azerbaijan they have 2 years and 7 000 miles of walking to do when i began the journey i thought i knew a lot about the world i thought i knew a lot about myself i didn't know how much i didn't know passing through little villages in the desert in the mountains in the jungle you realize the surface level things change but all anyone really wants to do is make a little money and spend time with her family that's universal you