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Camp on Sithonia Peninsula | © Huw Kingston
Camp on Sithonia Peninsula | © Huw Kingston
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See the Mediterranean Through the Eyes of an Explorer

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Travel Editor
Updated: 9 February 2017

When Australian explorer Huw Kingston kissed his family goodbye in New South Wales, it would be the last time he’d see them for a year, 363 days to be precise. Kingston was about to embark on the challenge of a lifetime, one which would push his body to its limits on a pan-Mediterranean journey using manpower alone.

Camp, Alp de Balnisc, Swiss Alps | © Huw Kingston

Over the next 12 months Kingston hiked, rowed, cycled and kayaked 15,000km through 17 countries, a feat which would earn him the Australian Geographic Society’s Spirit of Adventure Award. His efforts also raised AUD$100,000 for Save The Children Australia, making him the charity’s largest individual fundraiser.
Huw with his kayake 'Miss Grape', Gallipoli, Turkey | © Rosie Matheson

Huw with his kayake ‘Miss Grape’, Gallipoli, Turkey | © Huw Kingston

Huw’s new book Mediterranean – A Year Around a Calm and Troubled Sea is the story of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. It’s a tale of troublesome officials, debilitating parasites and lucky escapes, but also an ode to the wonders of the Mediterranean and its people. Culture Trip caught up with the explorer to find out more about his incredible journey and how to plan the perfect voyage.

Sunset on Mont Blanc | © Huw Kingston

Culture Trip: Family clearly means a lot to you. What do they make of your adventures and how hard was it being away from them for so long?
Huw Kingston: My beautiful wife Wendy has supported me over many long journeys of three to four months – but this, a whole year, was guaranteed to be so much harder. Paradoxically, and perhaps in a selfish way, the love we have gives me the strength to complete such journeys. I was also leaving behind five gorgeous grandkids too, all under 10 at the time. It was hard to not see them for over a year, to not watch them change and grow.

The realisation that this journey was my choice, my dream, not something forced upon families split by closed borders, conflicts or tragedies, made th