8-year-old boy flees from home to travel around the world

An 8-year-old boy from Astrakhan city in southern Russia has stirred up the online community when he started his round-the-world trip.

The incident happened in Astrakhan city (Russia). According to the BBC, the boy's mother contacted the police after finding the letter the boy left with the content that he had traveled around the world. A few hours later, the search team saw the boy in a street. His carry-on baggage is an encyclopedia, a favorite toy, a piggy bank, and a banana. 

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The young explorer told the rescuers that he was tired of the trip and wanted to rest. At that time, he took three bus trips before continuing on foot. His story spread in the media and many people expressed their admiration for his dream. 

"An 8-year-old boy from Astrakhan city made a round-the-world trip by foot. Meanwhile, he just crossed the town I complained about," wrote a Twitter user. Even a private language school said it was willing to provide free English courses for the boy. 

His actions reminded many people of their travels and dreams when they were young. "When I was a kid, I also intended to go around the world. However, before I started, I wanted to lie down to rest for a bit more strength. Unexpectedly, I fell asleep. Finally, the trip was not successful," said a person. Meanwhile, another person said he was caught by his grandmother after discovering a box of food that he prepared for his trip to the world. 

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Astrakhan city - the hometown of the brave boy

People nicknamed the boy "Konyukhov" after the Russian explorer who spent four months sailing through the South Ocean. They think this trip is just the beginning and hope the boy will be a great adventurer in the future. Another person said that he would be disappointed to learn that growing up, instead of going around the world to discover, he would just hang around with work. 

This is not the first time children have left home because they want to travel to the world. In 2018, a 12-year-old boy flew alone from Australia to Bali (Indonesia). After quarreling with his mother, the boy stole his parents’ credit card and ordered a cheap flight to Bali. When discovering that the son did not go to school, his family was extremely worried.

Meanwhile, the boy was enjoying comfortably in Bali and spending more than 6,000 USD. What bothered her parents the most was why a 12-year-old boy could easily bypass the airport control units when leaving without his parents or relatives. The boy was later found by Indonesian police and taken home. 

By: Grace White

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