Brando Yelavich will be a name familiar to many New Zealanders. Brando was diagnosed with ADHD and Dyslexia at a young age, and as a result, he struggled with traditional learning environments. Feeling directionless, and despondent about his place in life, he made a bold decision to set out into the world on his own and circumnavigate the entire coastline of New Zealand, a feat that had never been accomplished before. Brando set off into the unknown on February 1 2013, thinking it may take him eight or nine months to complete the expedition. Six hundred days and over 8,700kms later he completed his journey and his life was changed forever.
Since achieving that remarkable feat of mental and physical endurance, Brando has dedicated himself to becoming a full-time explorer. He put the icing on the cake of his circumnavigation of New Zealand by completing an expedition around Stewart Island, at the bottom of the South Island, and has ventured to the Himalayas. He is passionate about inspiring others to explore the world around them through school talks and presentations, and his growing online presence. In his own words…
“There’s no right or wrong in adventure. It’s a beautiful way to bring people together and to spread happiness. I want to inspire curiosity and exploration for all of humanity.”