The Ted Simon Foundation launched

The Ted Simon FoundationTed Simon has been one of my inspirations since reading his book, Jupiter’s Travels, in 1982. Now, soon after his 80th birthday, he’s still inspiring people with the launch of the Ted Simon Foundation. The Foundation is non-profit organization promoting world understanding through personal adventure travel.

From the website:

The Foundation was created by a group of people who believe that individuals of good will, moving among foreign cultures and making themselves vulnerable to the beliefs and customs of strangers, have great importance in promoting world understanding, and even more so when they can distill the essence of their experiences into a form that can be absorbed by many.

The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage and assist travellers in making an extra effort to develop their observations and insights into something of value for the rest of the world to share, whatever their medium of expression might be.

To those who are setting out we will offer advice, contacts and, where possible, practical help. To those on the road or returning, we will offer assistance in transforming the raw material of adventure into something stunning for the rest of the world to appreciate. We will not be timid in our assessments and we will strive for high standards.

The words we live by are Exploration, Comprehension and Communication.”

Launch Ceremony at Coventry, UK, in October

At 6pm on 6th October 1973 Ted Simon began a solo motorcycle journey around the world. His epic adventure would become famous as Jupiter’s Travels.

At 6pm on 6th October 2011, join Ted Simon to celebrate the 38th anniversary of that original journey with the launch of The Ted Simon Foundation and Jupiter’s Travellers at Coventry Transport Museum in the UK.

Meet a host of veteran adventurers, have your photo taken with Ted and his round-the-world 1973 Triumph Tiger T100-P, enjoy a private tour of the museum, and take part in a special auction to help raise funds for the Foundation.

E-Tickets for the launch event cost $60 (approx. £37) with all proceeds going to support the work of the Foundation. E-Tickets can be purchased online via

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