40 Years of Jupiter's Travels

40 years ago today, October 6th, Ted Simon set off from the rain-soaked streets of London on a journey around the world that would become legendary as Jupiter's Travels.

Ted Simon"Officially the journey began at 6pm on Saturday 6th October 1973. The announcement was to appear the following morning in The Sunday Times."

Jupiter's Travels charts Ted's original four year solo journey around the world, in which he covered around 64,000 miles through 45 countries on his Triumph Tiger T100-P motorcycle. In the decades since its publication, Jupiter's Travels has been credited with being the inspiration for many thousands of people to make their own journeys of discovery.

In a recent interview with Foundation Media Partner, Outland Moto, Ted commented on what he advises other travellers to learn from his experience: "...the most important thing would be to be alone in the world, and to be as unencumbered by the things you take with you as possible. In other words, use the least pretentious bike, take the least amount of stuff, and use the least amount of camouflage. Just be out there on the bike, as though it were a horse, or a donkey. Just be available to the world rather than trying to shield yourself from it..."

The Ted Simon Foundation was launched two years ago today at Coventry Transport Museum in the UK, where we announced the first 12 Jupiter's Travellers. We're now offering mentoring and advice to a total of 86 Jupiter's Travellers from 14 countries, the latest eight of whom will be announced later today as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations.

The celebrations will continue in California between October 24th and 27th, when Ted Simon will be joined by a host of Advisors, Jupiter's Travellers and Jupiter's Companions at the Horizons Unlimited travellers' event in Cambria. Iain Harper will be giving a presentation about the Foundation, Ted will be talking about Jupiter's Travels In Camera and the event's fundraising activities will be in aid of the Foundation and its Jupiter's Travellers.

Jupiter's Travels In Camera - Special Limited Editions

Jupiter's Travels In CameraAs a unique way to mark the 40th anniversary and to help raise funds in support of the Foundation, Ted has very kindly offered to create a small quantity of special limited editions of Jupiter's Travels In Camera - the new photo-hardback published to coincide with the 40th anniversary. They'll contain a personal dedication handwritten by Ted (and a signature of course) and we intend to offer them as a package that will include a signed poster-size print of one of the photos from the book and lifetime membership of the Foundation as a Jupiter's Companion. Details of the package will be finalised and announced in the next few weeks, but we expect the price to be $400 (around £255 or €300).

If you would like to provisionally reserve one of the limited editions, please enter your details below and we will contact you with further details as soon as they become available:

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