Vladislav Ketov is a person who has really developed and implemented a project of the first trip made really around the world (land) along the coastline of the continents. This was a cycling trip lasting 20 years! Unaccompanied he traveled to Europe, Africa, south and south-east of Asia and both Americas (except Arctic coast) and left behind 144 000 km.
The trip started in 14th, May, 1991 from Leningrad. The main transportation mode was a bicycle as the most affordable kind of eco-friendly transport.
The trip becomes even more unique as Vladislav has no money. During his traveling he earns by drawing portraits.
He tells that in all countries he was welcomed and people were kind and hospitable.
For 20 years the bike was stolen only once. Guess in which country? Bingo! In Russia!
The key problem was money and documents. It took 5 years for procurement of visas in 93 countries, Vladislav has 10 passports.
In 1991 Vladislav left his wife and two sons for 9 years in St. Petersburg …
In 2003 the tourism-sport union of Russia appointed Vladislav to a grade “Outstanding traveler of Russia” for making this “unique, first in the human history trip around the globe along the coastline of the continents”.