Son-fa­ther duo hitch­hike around the world

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KnOwn as the “Univer­sal Man,” Yiğit Kurt, 27, has hitch­hiked through 170 cities in 35 coun­tries on four con­ti­nents.

Kurt’s love for travel started at a very young age, and he first went to Antalya’s Olimpos at the age of 13. Af­ter com­plet­ing high school, Kurt set­tled in Is­tan­bul and vis­ited the U.S. and the Nether­lands as an ex­change stu­dent. Once he grad­u­ated from uni­ver­sity, he took off for Europe and Asia.

Dur­ing his ad­ven­tures, Kurt pre­ferred hitch­ing rides in am­bu­lances, po­lice ve­hi­cles and even horse-drawn car­riages while trav­el­ing. The trav­eler even met Bol­ly­wood star Aamir Khan, who vis­ited Tur­key few weeks ago, when he was trav­el­ing in In­dia.

Kurt shares all of his trav­els and ad­ven­tures in his blog Evrensel Adam (Univer­sal Man).

Speak­ing to Anadolu Agency (AA), Kurt said he prefers to fol­low his trav­eler’s in­stinct de­spite his fam­ily’s ob­jec­tions.

Say­ing that he was able to cover about 20,000 kilo­me­ters dur­ing his trav­els around the world, Kurt ad­mit­ted that hitch­hik­ing is not nec­es­sar­ily for ev­ery­one.

“I wanted to travel as much as I could. Trav­el­ing by hitch­hik­ing is a pas­sion of mine as I get to meet new peo­ple and learn so much. I have so many mem­o­ries that I want to share with peo­ple. I slept on the streets with the home­less, camped on a de­serted is­land in the Mal­dives, trav­eled in mil­lion-dol­lar cars and in even trucks with no doors. Vil­lagers hosted me in their homes and in­vited me to their wed­dings. When I look back, I re­al­ize I am lucky to have been able to ex­pe­ri­ence all of this,” Kurt said.

Kurt even trav­eled to In­dia just to see Bol­ly­wood star Aamir Khan and man­aged to set a meet­ing with the ac­tor via his man­ager. He also vis­ited 17 cities in In­dia for a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the coun­try and its cul­ture.

“My fa­ther was al­ways wor­ried about me get­ting into trou­ble dur­ing my trav­els,” Kurt said. “He al­ways wanted me to find a de­cent job and have a nor­mal life. I asked my fa­ther to come along with me so he could un­der­stand me bet­ter, and he agreed. He joined me on my Malaysia trip. We bought him a back­pack and walk­ing shoes. He hitch­hiked for the first time in his life on Phuket Is­land. He dis­agreed with the way I trav­eled at first, but he got used to it. We trav­eled through three coun­tries to­gether.”

Also speak­ing to re­porters, Adnan Kurt cel­e­brated that he had fi­nally vis­ited a for­eign coun­try for the first time at the age of 53 and said: “I will never for­get the day I hitch­hiked for the first time in Malaysia. The truck driver was a woman, and we trav­eled with her for 400 kilo­me­ters. She bought me lunch. To pay her back, I promised to buy lunch for a back­packer in my home­town.”

The proud fa­ther now ad­vises par­ents to re­frain from re­strict­ing their chil­dren when they want to travel. “There is noth­ing like meet­ing new peo­ple and get­ting to know new cul­tures and places,” he said.

Yiğit Kurt (L) and Adnan Kurt

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