Paul Salopek, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, is about to embark on a seven-plus year walk across the world, starting from East Africa and the Levant (east of Egypt, on the north end of the Arabian peninsula), through the Middle East, Central Asia, the Himalayas, Northern India, then China, through Siberia, then the Bering Strait by boat, ” all the way to Tierra del Fuego, at the very tip of Latin America, which archaeologists say our ancestors arrived at about 12,000 years ago.”  He’s walking because the human ability to walk, and walk long distances, is at the heart of homo sapien’s story.

And along the way, he will document his journey, immersing himself in a concept of “slow journalism,” an attempt to see how his measured pace and migratory experience impact the stories that emerge from his journey.