Christen Scalfano

Christen's Balkans to Bangkok Overland Expedition

Fundraising for Natural Resources Defense Council
raised of US$3,000 target
We focus on protecting the planet to ensure a safe and healthy environment


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On September 17, 2022, I began an overland expedition from the Balkans to Bangkok.

The big idea:

The world is big, and on fire. Let's travel accordingly.

The mission:

1. Give back to the earth and to local communities. Move sustainably, slowly, and intentionally. Raise funds for environmental NGOs and local organizations along the way.

2. No high emissions transport. Go by train, bus, rideshare, hitchiking, cycling, walking, even sailing. Reject the default to air travel.

3. Take local public transportation whenever possible to create more points of contact with local culture and to more closely observe the transitions from place to place.

4. Reexamine what it means to be a nomad. Learn from the traditionally nomadic and pastoral communities of central Asia. Understand their relationship to the earth, community, and balance.

5. Inspire other travelers and so-called nomads to reconsider the status quo of modern travel. Show there is an alterntive path outside of airline miles from New York to Lisbon, WeWork in Mexico City, and a self-centered geoarbitrage approach to a location independent life.

How to support the expedition:

- Donate to the Natural Resources Defense Council here.

- Or, donate to the Balkans to Bangkok Greenpeace fundraiser, or to the environmental NGO of your choice* on behalf of "Balkans to Bangkok."

- Take a climate action in solidarity with the expedition.*

- Buy me a coffee from across the world on

- Support the expedition on Patreon for exclusive content

- Follow the expedition on Instagram @christenomad or on the web at 

* email to christenomad [at] g mail [dot] com

About the charity

The Natural Resources Defense Council's purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life -- air, land and water -- and to defend endangered natural places. We seek to establish sustainability and good stewardship of the Earth as central ethical imperatives of human society. NRDC affirms the integral place of human beings in the environment. We strive to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations. We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment. We seek to break down the pattern of disproportionate environmental burdens borne by people of color and others who face social or economic inequities. Ultimately, NRDC strives to help create a new way of life for humankind, one that can be sustained indefinitely without fouling or depleting the resources that support all life on Earth.

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