Every one of us has likely dreamed of being free from our mundane routine at least once during our lives—leaving the country and traveling freely in the world with just a bag pack. One student, Jung Sang-kun (Myongji University, 2), stayed true to his inner desire and set to travel the world, away from worries about GPAs, English, and employment, which bother us every day.
“Like many other students, traveling all over the world was my dream since I was in high school,” said Jung. After finishing his military service, he realized that moment was the only time he could leave freely. “I knew I had to study TOEIC, do internships and prepare for my career. However, I didn’t want to miss the chance to travel the world. I knew as more time goes went by, the less chance I would have,” said Jung.
In July 2006, without any specific plan, he made his move and decided to start in . At first, however, his trip was not as easy as he thought. He only had 800,000 won in his pockets, which was not enough to travel the world. As soon as he arrived at the
During the long travel, Jung met many people who helped him. When he was in , an old lady in a store bought him a jacket worrying that he might be too cold. Also, Korean tourists whom he met in gave him 100 Euro (approximately 130,000 won) after listening to his story. “Through the journey, I started to believe in people more. I realized that there are still people with beautiful minds who help people without expecting a reward in the world,” said Jung.
The journey also changed Jung’s view of the world. “I saw poor people begging for money in economically disadvantaged countries such as and . There are still many people who are in need of help. Before the journey, I was selfish and dreamed of earning 500 million won. But, my dream changed into making 500 million people happy.”
Jung, who believes in a wise saying “Let’s be realists, let’s demand the impossible” by Ernesto Guevara, is still putting an effort forward to realize and achieve the impossible. With that effort, on April 25, 2008, Jung published a book titled Traveling the World with Only 800,000 won, which contains his special stories about his one year journey. During the upcoming summer vacation, Jung is planning to help people suffering from poverty in developing countries by participating in an overseas volunteer program. For those who wish to travel, Jung offers this advice, “When you start getting ready for traveling, put the passion of your youth in your purse instead of money. It is not yet late to travel. Now is the time.”