Traveleads ‘Walk Around the World Challenge’ – this week we’ve reached…
by Traveleads | January 23, 2019 | CSR
When we set off on our first ever attempt to ‘Walk Around the World’ back in April, we had no idea how long it would take us, of if we would even be able to complete the 24,000 mile challenge.
Our journey has taken us to some incredible destinations so far.
We were thrilled when the travel programme ‘Flying to the Ends of the Earth’ broadcast from Kiribati last week, and Vanuatu the week before – over the past couple of months we have included both of these beautiful locations into our journey.
We haven’t travelled in a straight line around the equator, instead we chose to explore our planet along the way. By the time our challenge ends, we will have covered far more than the initial 24,00 miles we were aiming for.
Today we add another 2,566 miles to the distance we have travelled, bringing our total to over twenty two thousand miles – or a whopping 22,267 miles to be exact!
We are so proud of our dedicated team.
It was their commitment and determination to conquer the North American continent that allowed them to meet the challenges of crossing such a vast country.
Leaving the Pacific Ocean behind, they headed east until they could hear the sound of the Atlantic Ocean ahead. Weary from their on-going journey, and in need of a place to rest, they finally reached New York – ‘The City that Never Sleeps’, oh the irony!
Home to the Empire State Building, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and other iconic sites, New York City is a fast-paced, globally influential centre of art, culture, fashion and finance.
The city’s five boroughs sit where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean – with the island borough of Manhattan at the “Big Apple’s” core.
The most populous city in the United States, New York City is home to over eight and a half million people, all squeezed into an area of just 305 square miles.
The United Nations headquarters can be found in the city, making it an important hub for international diplomacy. New York has been described as the cultural and financial capital of the world. But it wasn’t always so!
Back in 1624 New York was known as New Amsterdam, and served as a trading post of the Dutch Republic. In 1664 control was transferred to the British Crown and by 1730 it had become the centre of the slave trade, with 42% of households holding slaves.
Discovery of the ‘African Burial Ground’ in the 1990s, during construction of a new federal courthouse revealed tens of thousands of Africans buried during the colonial years.
By 1776 the country had broken free of its English masters, gaining independence on 04th July 1776, and in 1827 slavery was completely abolished.
For five years (between 1785 and 1790) New York served as the Nation’s Capital. It took the title of the country’s largest city in 1790 (surpassing Philadelphia) and has hung on to it ever since.
1920 saw New York overtake London as the most populous urbanised area in the world, becoming the first ‘mega-city’ in history, and its iconic skyline began to take shape.
New York may not be the birthplace of the skyscraper (Chicago holds that distinction) but when people think of iconic skyscrapers, the Empire State building, and the cloud piercing Chrysler building, regularly spring to mind.
The worlds’ largest stock exchange (NYSE) started trading commercially way back in May 1792, at 68 Wall Street – under a buttonwood tree.
Initially, there were only five securities traded in New York City and the first listed company on the stock exchange was the Bank of New York. Today, NYSE has fully evolved to become the main financial platform for various industrial brands in the world, representing 16.613 trillion dollars of market capital. Its origination in NYC remains one of the most important events in American history, as this made New York the financial hub of the U.S.A. – some might argue, the world!
You know you have arrived in New York City when the electrifying glow of Times Square, and the hustle and bustle of endless yellow taxi cabs, greets you and sweeps you away.
Myriads of hospitality options abound, from the most luxurious of luxury hotels, to Bed & Breakfast guest houses and hostels. Grab a hot-dog from one of the many street vendors, or make reservations at some of the finest restaurants in the world. The first Tuesday of every month is Hot Dog Day in NYC: Simply order a ‘frank’ at any street vendor and it’s free! The biggest brands in hospitality await your arrival: Four Seasons, St Regis, Ritz Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and the iconic Plaza, all welcome visitors to New York, and offer guests a host of world-class services and facilities.
If you haven’t already been to New York, what are you waiting for? With three major international airports serving the city, getting there has never been easier. JFK international, LaGuardia Airport and Newark International Airport, play host to millions of passengers every year. With a choice of international airlines offering direct flights from the UK to New York, you could be there in a New York Minute – or about seven and a half hours to be more precise.
Our team of charity volunteers have seen a steady stream of support and donations coming in over the past four months, so far their efforts have raised over £2,500.00 for charity. We would sincerely like to thank everyone who has given so generously. The fantastic support we have received from our clients, suppliers, families and friends has made our journey so worthwhile.
As we come to the final leg of our ‘Walk Around the World Challenge’ we hope to raise even more – maybe even double our total. If you haven’t donated yet, it only takes a few seconds – we have made it as simple as possible, all you have to do is:
Text TRAV56 followed by £2.00 to 70070 to donate to our Air Ambulance Charity, or TRAV62 followed by £2.00 to 70070, to donate to the Children’s Charity ‘Children 1st’.
£2.00 is our suggested donation, but please feel free to donate whatever you can.
Our Company has very generously agreed to match any donations we recieve, therefore whatever you give will be doubled!
Charity details, along with the option to donate via our Just Giving page can be found here: www.justgiving.com/teams/traveleadscharity
We leave our team for this week. As they take a bite out of the ‘big apple’, dazzled by the flashing lights of Broadway and the ever-changing landscape of Central Park, we wonder where we will find them next week?
If you have missed any stage of our journey so far, or would like to re-live some of the exciting destinations we have visited, select from our itinerary (hi-lighted below in blue) and let us help you discover some incredible new places.
Thank you for joining us, and thank you on behalf of all the people you will help to save…See you next week.