Innovative filmmaker Alex Chacon has gone around the world in 2 minutes and 58 seconds.
The motorcycle enthusiast has spent the past three years driving motorcycles across the world to raise money and awareness for multiple charitable projects.
He compiled much of his journey, which spanned 125,946 miles in 36 countries over the course of 600 days, with an amazing video titled, “Around the World in 360° Degrees.”
As a unique way to show all the different landscapes and people he met, the 26-year-old came up with an idea to attach a GoPro camera to a pole and film himself during many activities like snowboarding and bungee jumping.
He also used the camera to turn a full 360 degree circle in several locations and then pieced them all together for a unique way to see his journey.
“I thought, ‘How do I show the world and share with people every place I will see in a unique way?'” he told the Daily News. “Especially on the Internet, where we all have the attention span of a goldfish.”
So Chacon started to work with the GoPro to capture a selfie video.
“I said, I’ll do something no one else has done before,” he said. “Luckily no one else thought of it in the past three years.”
Holding the GoPro steadily with just his arm became a lot easier than it looked, Chacon said.
“It took me two months to build the strength. It was extremely physical,” he said. “There were some casualties – especially with the bungee jump.”
Chacon started his journey a few years ago when he traveled from Alaska through South America as a way to raise money for causes for children living in poverty.
I thought, ‘How do I show the world and share with people every place I will see in a unique way?’ Especially on the Internet, where we all have the attention span of a goldfish.
After he released that, video Chacon said he continued his work after being invited to other parts of the world by sponsors and organizations to speak about his experiences. He has since visited Europe, Morocco, the Middle East and Asia.
At each destination, he says he looks for small projects to help the local population, and documents all his work on his website.
“I want to show the world to people in a way that shows goodness in people,” he said. “I want to show it to people and inspire their passion and to do good.”
His travels have led to some dangerous situations including high temperatures, natural disasters and other unforeseen obstacles.
Chacon said he was arrested and detained in a jail cell for several hours in Honduras after refusing when a border official insisted on receiving a bribe. He eventually was able to reach an immigration official that straightened it out.
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In the Padagonas in the southern end of South America, Chacon said his motorcycle broke down and he was stranded for four days with no food. He was finally rescued by a passing vehicle.
But Chacon is not deterred, and is already planning more trips next year to Australia and the Far East.
“I realize I am incredibly fortunate to be in the position to be well traveled and cultured and share it with people who don’t get to do this and inspire the passion and doing good,” he said.
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