9 Years Ago, This 27-Year-Old Left School To Pursue A Different Kind Of Education… [Photos]

Christian Lindgren dropped out of school at age 18, and over the past nine years has explored 97 countries!

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren


Which is worse: Facing your fears and pursuing your dream – no matter what others think, or living life wishing you had?

Those who tend to accomplish outstanding feats are the ones who usually are more fearful of living with regret, therefore, act.

It could be assumed that Christian Lindgren is one such individual.

The 27-year-old shared with MailOnline Travel that he dropped out of school at age 18, letting his lease run out, and began traveling to learn more about himself and life.

From Nigeria to North Korea, Lindgren has been around.

“I have been to Central Asia twice, Nepal six times, every country in South East Asia at least three times, America a few times, China more than 10 times. I prefer to go back to a country I like and explore more of it before rushing to do more countries,” he said.

How did he do it? The go-getter took up odd jobs all over the globe – from teaching to working on a farm. Using sites like helpx.net and Wwoofing, it’s actually easier than ever to exchange services for affordable – or free – room and board. Here’s an article on how you, too, can travel the world on a budget. 

“Travelling has been in my blood since I was young,” Lindgren shared.“Both my grandparents and parents travelled a lot in their young days and I have been growing up with different artifacts from around the world in my house since I was young.”

As you can imagine, exploring the world for nine years racks up a number of exciting tales. One of his most memorable experiences occurred while crossing the border into Ghana. He said:

“One of the border guards … claimed that I had to pay for a extremely expensive ride with one of them to cross the border, I was not allowed to walk across like the locals, I had to take a taxi across.”

So, thinking quickly, Lindgren purchased a donkey from a local man sitting by the road. “I bought a donkey from a local man sitting by the road.”

By no means was the donkey cheap, but it did save him some cash, as well as convey that tourists are not to be exploited. 

“[I wanted] to prove a point that not every tourist will let [themselves] get screwed by the corrupt guards.”

Reportedly, the exchange had the Ghanaian Immigration officers laughing as they waved him through.

More memorable tales can be found on his blog, ChristianLindgren.com. For now, scroll through some of the captivating photos the traveler has snapped while venturing abroad:

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Credit: Christian Lindgren

Once a year, Lindgren travels home to see his family. Though he misses out on important events, he doesn’t plan on stopping his explorations anytime soon. His goal is to visit every country in the world at least once.

“Everyone should travel, people will learn a lot more about themselves, the world and other cultures than they will ever learn from watching TV and reading.”

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