An old couple over the age of 60 lived the dream after retirement when they decided to travel around the world together for over three years
Zhang recalled that the idea of travelling across the world came to him when he encountered a foreign tourist in Yunnan
He was amazed that a foreigner who could not speak Mandarin at all was willing to go to a remote and unfamiliar place alone.
That was when it hit him: why not he and his wife?
As soon as the couple returned home, they took out a world map and began planning and preparing for their ultimate adventure.
Before setting off on their travels, Zhang did a crash course in English while his wife concentrated on history and geography
Zhang said he spent more than half a day reading English conversation books to learn the language.
Before long, the couple made Europe the first stop of their journey, spending three months of 2008 travelling all over the continent.
However, as soon as they returned home after that, they knew they were bitten by the travel bug and longed to travel abroad again.
So, in 2009, the two globetrotters set off, this time budget travelling all over the US and Canada.
The couple never travelled with tour groups, and instead chose to carry 65-litre backpacks, carrying only clothes and travel books
In three years, this ordinary couple from Beijing toured dozens of countries in Europe, North America, South America, and many other countries on their own
According to RedChili21, the countries they have been to are:
- 2008: Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, and 16 other European countries;
- 2009: United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Nepal, and India;
- 2010: Russia; and
- 2011: 14 countries in South America, including Argentina, Brazil, Peru, New Zealand, and Australia.
They said travelling together has made them fall in love again and strengthened their relationship
While they have currently stopped travelling abroad, they continue to travel within China and often share their experiences on Weibo, under the name "The Happy Backpackers", much to the envy of many netizens.
Every time they talk about their experiences of traveling around the world, it is said that Zhang and Wang would always look happy and consider themselves blessed.
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