an adventurer like no other


Damien Dekeister is a northerner, in his sixties who has a taste for life. Each year, he sets himself a tradition: traveling to a French department whose number is equivalent to his age. A beautiful and authentic way to get to know your country!

Despite the evolution of technology and the virtual world, people who love nature and travel never cease to amaze us. This is the case of this Dunkirk man who has an annual ritual, and has done so for several years. He did not spend his first birthday in Ain, the number 1 French department, because his parents did not yet imagine the originality of their offspring.

But as soon as he was old enough to walk and travel alone, the idea germinated… He loved traveling and meeting people. How to combine the 2?

Damien Dekeister: a name soon to be famous!

A real French-style globetrotter! This is the title we could give to Damien Dekeister. Probably, some people don’t know him yet; neither him nor his name. In fact, it is of a 61-year-old Dunkirk man. He is an ordinary man among many others, but who nevertheless stands out for his unconditional love for travel… by hitchhiking. This idea came to him 30 years ago. And since then, the dean has never interrupted his annual ritual except when he turns 59 (the number of his department).

An original tour of France

To do this, Damien Dekeister travels by hitchhiking, to a department whose number corresponds to his age. It began on his 30th birthday, in the Gard department. As a souvenir, the traveler takes a photo of himself in front of the arrival plate of each city. What he especially appreciates is traveling thanks to a thumb, carpooling, communicate with strangers and feel human warmth. “It’s a rewarding activity that is accessible to everyone! he says. His next project will be to show the general public all his journeys and travels in an exhibition. A project close to his heart.

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