‘Crashing the World’ recounts fascinating world journey
“Crashing the World: Revelations from a year-long solo trip around the globe”
Author: Ruffin Beckwith
367 pages, $ 14.95
It started with the idea of living internationally for a month, but for Puff Vedra Beach’s Ruffin Beckwith it soon took a whole year to circumnavigate the globe. The PGA Tour retiree planned to begin his trip to Africa.
“I wanted to climb the mountain. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania…. The result was a relaxed route: first Africa, then north to Europe, east to Asia, across the South Pacific to South America and north through America to home …
“I decided to leave on my 64th birthday and return on my 65th birthday. I didn’t know this was the closest thing to a full time job as I had a full time job. I didn’t know it was going to be that much fun. Little did I know that this would lead to an amazing and diverse series of life-affirming experiences that would take me to 35 countries. “
Beckwith gives us a bubble-wise, low-level, clearly written travelogue about his adventure. Though he was doing his part in the tourist shtick, it wasn’t all for Beckwith. He volunteered as a teacher in Tanzania and Nepal, which was experiences that he thought was the best part of the trip.
“International volunteering is big business … tens of thousands of people each year pay for the opportunity to live in an exotic location for a few weeks, learn about another culture, and influence life.”
After climbing a mountain in Africa, Beckwith had to undergo knee surgery in Europe. His Austrian doctor gave him the title for his book when he warned the traveler not to “bring the world to crash” after the successful operation.
Beckwith’s great Just Do It adventure makes for a fascinating escape in a time of forced isolation. It also contains a variety of tips for world travelers on when and if things will return to normal.
Lee Scott lives in Avondale.