Often, personal grooming is one the first victims of a long spell of travelling. It’s fair to say that a lot of us tend to take a more ‘pragmatic’ approach when we’re out on the road. After all, that’s what makes proper showers such a prized commodity.
This means that sometimes we can all end up looking a bit scruffy. That’s fine, since everyone’s in the same boat and no one’s going to judge you when you flop into your hostel bed at the end of a long day of trekking.
But because it’s a gradual process, it’s also easy to lose track of just how wild our appearance may be getting. Until you look back at your holiday snapshots, or finally get around to spending some serious time in front of a mirror, you might be surprised at just how rugged you really looked.
That’s why we love this video from Christopher Rehage, who filmed it as part of an attempt to hike from Beijing to Germany. Here’s a man who’s not only aware of his ruggedness, but actually revels in it. His beard is a badge of honour, which keeps track of the hundreds of miles already walked.
We love a good time lapse video here at The Travel Word. This one is especially nice because it gives you a flavour not just of the places visited, but the person who did the travelling and the ways in which he changed.
Chris, we salute you. And we salute your beard.