Yuujou grew from a simple idea: a circle of friendship strong enough to carry a group of travelers around the world. Sisters and storytellers Corinne and Yvonne Eisenring partnered with Oliver Herren, a Swiss internet pioneer, to bring this vision to life. On April 11, six travelers will embark on a 100-day journey with that vision as their sole itinerary. The journey begins with all six in Berlin, Germany, then splits into two teams of three, one heading east and one heading west, meeting each other 100 days later in Tokyo, Japan. Along the way, teams must stay with a friend of their previous host, moving from friend to friend across the globe. There are no prizes, no ads, no scripts, just the expectation that each traveler will creatively document their experiences of human connection along the way.
After receiving over 30,000 applications, Yuujou has narrowed the pool down to ten finalists. Culturs brings you a look at Yvonne Eisenring’s surprise visit to each finalist in this 10-part series.
Joey is an engineer from Tampa, Florida, U.S. When asked to rank his creative superpowers, making people smile came in at number one. The opportunity to put this skill to the test is one of the many things that attracted Joey to Yuujou. “I love to see people smile and carry a smile with me wherever I go, waiting for the next relationship to be formed,” he said. “We are meant to share this life and make the most of it with the people around us.” Joey is a recent university graduate, still finding where he fits in the world, who sees Yuujou as an exciting opportunity to journey further down that path. “As a young person figuring out their place in this big world it seems like the ideal way to expand my horizons and step out into the unknown,” he said. Most of all, however, Joey simply wants to prove that this is possible, that friendship and human connection is strong enough to carry you all the way around the world.
“I love meeting new people and feel everyone has a story to tell and one that only they can tell, you just have to ask the right questions.”
Watch Eisenring surprise Joey in Tampa:
You can read more about Yuujou and follow their journey here.
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