Meet the Australian who travelled to the Euros without taking a plane

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By Panagiotis Dalatariof

Connor Henderson made it to the Euro 2024 competition in Germany, but he never got on a plane for a second. He travelled by bicycle, train, boat, tram, and car.

Henderson arrived at the Euros after starting his long and difficult journey in January 2023. It took him half a year and countless kilometres to achieve his goal. He achieved it by spending about $5,000. But that is nothing compared to the message he wants to get across that “we are all one” and that “the next country is always prettier than the last one you visited.”

Connor Henderson never got on a plane for a second. He travelled by bicycle, by train, by boat, by tram, by car.
Panagiotis (second from right) with Connor and a friend.

“My name is Connor, I live in Melbourne. I started in January to come and watch Scotland at the Euros. We were supposed to go through to the next stage, but yeah, I started in January and I’ve been through various countries to get here,” he said.

“My dad drove me from Turkey in a car. We drove through Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria to get to Germany.

“I tried to get here without flying at all. I cycled from Singapore to China. I took a train from China, then I went to Kazakhstan, from there to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

“There were quite a lot of expenses. It costs about $5,000, just for me. I cycled for about 5,000 kilometres. Anyone can do it. Really anyone can, it’s not hard. Just do it.”

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