At 81, Two Friends Travel Around The World In 80 Days

Giving a new twist to Verne’s ‘Around The World In Eighty Days,’ this iconic duo travelled the world in 80 days at the age of 81
The duo at Udaipur
The duo at Udaipuraroundtheworldat80/instagram

Jules Verne published his iconic novel, 'Around the World in Eighty Days,' in 1872. Ever since then, people have taken up the trend and managed to span the world in a matter of 80 days. The most recent addition in the list of such people are a friend duo from Texas, USA, named Ellie Hamby and Sandy Hazelip, both 81 years young. These intrepid travellers are breaking the mould of conventional travel with their remarkable escapades.

The iconic duo at the Taj Mahal, India
The iconic duo at the Taj Mahal, Indiaaroundtheworldat80/instagram

Ellie, a seasoned documentary photographer, and Sandy, a respected physician and lecturer, set out on a mission to explore the far reaches of the world in 2023. The trip started with a ride first to Argentina on January 11. From there on, the iconic duo spanned sites ranging from Taj Mahal to the bustling streets of Tokyo to the mystical Easter Island, the Arctic Circle where they came across reindeers, saw the remarkable Northern Lights and much more.

Ellie and Sandy have an unconventional approach to travel. They prioritise experiences over luxury and comfort. They avoid meticulously planned itineraries and prefer independent exploration. Spontaneity is the key to their travels. As they eloquently express on their blog, "Our greatest joy is mingling with the locals... Nothing ever goes as planned, and fortunately, we wouldn't have it any other way."

The duo does not just share a passion for travel but also expands it to documentation and archival. They have a dedicated Instagram account with followers exceeding 30,000. Through their lens, they inspire others to embrace the spirit of adventure and to seek fulfilment in the richness of human connection found across the globe.

Hamby and Hazelip at Sharia Mu’izz li-din Allah, Egypt
Hamby and Hazelip at Sharia Mu’izz li-din Allah, Egyptaroundtheworldat80/instagram

Hamby and Hazelip have travelled to 18 countries across all seven continents, making their journey awe-inspiring. Though originally they intended to start their adventures in 2022, coinciding with their 80th birthday, the Covid pandemic disrupted their plans, causing a delay in their remarkable expedition.

Hazelip reflected on her decision to embark on an epic voyage at 81. She believes this is the "perfect age" to set out on such a venture, as wisdom comes with age, and decision-making becomes more enjoyable. Hazelip also expressed her appreciation for the beauty around her and her ability to fully immerse herself in it. To her, this juncture in life represents an opportune moment to revel in the splendour of the world, a sentiment she holds with deep gratitude.

Here are some more pictures from the adventurous travels of Hazelip and Hamby.

The duo at Colosseum, Italy
The duo at Colosseum, Italyaroundtheworldat80/instagram
The travellers at the Easter Island
The travellers at the Easter Islandaroundtheworldat80/instagram
The travelling grannies infront of Mirador Killi Killi, Bolivia
The travelling grannies infront of Mirador Killi Killi, Boliviaaroundtheworldat80/instagram
The duo at Iguazú Falls
The duo at Iguazú Fallsaroundtheworldat80/instagram
The duo poses infront of Christ the Redeemer
The duo poses infront of Christ the Redeemeraroundtheworldat80/instagram

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