Vladimir Yarets motorcycle ride around the world

Meet Vladimir Yarets: A remarkable world traveler

by Michael on August 30, 2012

Vladimir Yarets is a native of Belarus who’s ridden his motorcycle through over 120 countries and 300,000 miles. To make his achievement all the more remarkable he is deaf and mute. Did we mention that he’s also 71 years old and looking for new lands to conquer? We met Vladimir in Berlin, where he makes our journey look like a stroll in the park.

Vladimir Yarets motorcycle ride world map of tour

This map shows where Vladimir has been so far along with clippings from newspapers in Brazil and Taiwan.

We ran into Vladimir near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin where he was raising funds for the next leg of his travel. When he shook my hand I felt like I was in a gravel crusher. His strong grip no doubt a result of all those hours holding on tight to the motorcycle handlebars.

Communication was difficult at first so we chatted by writing notes. He lit up when we were able to convey that part of Larissa’s family also comes from Vladimir’s hometown of Minsk. He pulled out several binders that showed pictures of him at landmarks all over the world along with an impressive display of press clippings, including a few from Japan.

Vladimir Yarets motorcycle around the world Larissa Milne

Two Belorussians meet up in Berlin.

Vladimir started touring around the Soviet Union in 1967, when that type of independent travel was frowned upon by the authorities. Having conquered his own country he set out for new lands and hasn’t stopped since. (Except for a one year stay in Peoria, Illinois while he recuperated from a run-in with a truck.)

Vladimir Yarets motorcycle around the world

Vladimir points out where he’s been to a curious onlooker. 

The easiest way to show what we’ve been up to was to share pictures from our camera as we explained our own year-long global odyssey. While ours paled in comparison, meeting Vladimir was encouraging as he showed that you are really never too old to grab life and pursue your dreams. We hope his fundraising in Berlin was successful as he pushes off for further frontiers.

Vladimir yarets motorcycle tour Taiwan

In 2007, Vladimir was greeted like a rock star in Taiwan.

Vladimir’s enthusiasm and zest for life are quite contagious. At age 71 he’s not slowing down but accelerating.

You can read more about his remarkable journey, and his quest to be included in the Guinness World Records, at his web site: www.yarets.com

What do you see yourself doing when you’re 71?

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Fred Allen Barfoot August 30, 2012 at 9:36 am

What great fun to run into a kindred spirit! Keep up these great reports. Cheers!

Michael August 31, 2012 at 10:51 am

Thanks Fred. He certainly was motivating.

Hans September 1, 2012 at 7:02 am

I met vladimir and his bike in munich.he’s amazing person.

Barbara September 5, 2012 at 3:17 am

Hi Michael & Larissa,
How are you guys? Awesome meeting with Vladimir! So interesting. Hats off to such an veteran traveler. I always love to hear about other people’s experiences.
I feel that this is only the beginning for you both in world travel and the sky is the limit! Have faith.


Doz & Amanda September 7, 2012 at 5:38 am

One word – WOW!

It goes to show, it’s never to late to get on your bike 🙂

Michael September 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

I see he’s on the road again.

Michael September 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

Thanks for the vote of confidence!

Michael September 9, 2012 at 9:37 am

Time for you to roll!

D.J. - The World of Deej January 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm

That is one awesome story…sort of reminds me of my grandfather. He still pilots his 40 foot boat without a problem..

Micki January 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I love Vladamir’s spirit – truly inspiring!

Cat of Sunshine and Siestas January 20, 2013 at 7:56 am

Very cool story, though spending a year in Peoria, Illinois is enough to make anyone get back on the road!

Michael January 20, 2013 at 8:35 am

Well since you’re from Illinois we trust your opinion.

gabi klaf January 21, 2013 at 9:46 am

and i can give you so many excuses why i didn’t want to travel and this guy at 71 is deaf, mute, and 120 countries later, he’s still on the road. unreal. i bow to this guy. yeah, our trip also is clearly a walk in the park. wow. thanks for sharing and thank the stars and God and all the rest that you ran into this inspirational man. going to vote for him getting the G now. gabi

Frank Peter July 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Great stuff… Thanks for sharing. I had the pleasure of meeting Mister Yarets in Lisbon in March 2011.

Frank Peter July 8, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Great stuff… Thanks for sharing. I had the pleasure of meeting Mister Yarets in Lisbon

Nicole @ Green Global Travel July 16, 2013 at 1:27 pm

This is just an incredible uplifting story. Here I am sitting on my bum, and he’s doing that.

Inspiring is the right word.

Michael May 31, 2014 at 11:39 am

Glad to see Vladimir Yarets is still on the road. He’s incredible.

Marc November 17, 2015 at 11:51 pm

This is such an amazing story. This gives no excuses not to travel. Just inspired by the story.

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