Pokémon Go has been out for little more than a week in Australia and New Zealand, but already one local man has quit his job to travel around New Zealand and catch Pokémon full-time.
Tom Currie left his Aukland-based job to embark on a two-month journey around New Zealand, with the aim of capturing all the monsters available in the game. He's booked 20 bus journeys around the country, and in less than a week he's already visited six South Island towns and caught Pokémon at every stop along the way. So far he has 90 of the 151 pokémon available in the game.
A week in and the 24-year old insists that his trip is both exhilarating and exhausting. He often hunts pokémon into the early hours of the morning (sometimes until around 3am), and claims that he sleeps quite deeply because of all the walking he's been doing. As to why he's embarked on this quest, Currie said, "I wanted to have an adventure. I have been working for six years and I was desperate for a break. And Pokémon gave me the chance to live that dream."
He also said this about the game:
"I think the most exciting experience so far was in Sumner, Christchurch, which has become a hot spot for Pokémon hunters. There were about 100 people there hunting. And some of these people would usually be shut up at home and really reclusive. Hunting for Pokémon is bringing them into the real world. It was such a buzzy atmosphere, when someone spotted a rare Pokémon they would shout out to alert the crowd."
So far Currie's adventure has been done on the cheap, with him staying with friends or in backpacking hostels. That said his journey has already peaked the interest of a lot of people, and travel companies are offering to sponsor him so that he can travel to remote locations and catch more pokémon.
Now why didn't I think of that? I could do with a holiday. [The Guardian]
Featured Image by Tom Currie via The Guardian