Lonely Planet Writer

These knitted ducks are travelling the world with the help of Lonely Planet's guides

A pair of English charity shop knitted ducks have been travelling the world since 2014 with the help of Lonely Planet’s guides. Tommy and Mary Duck have been on 30 flights so far with their owners Ben and Annie, and they keep followers updated on their adventures via their Facebook page, Dulverton Ducks.

Tommy and Mary Duck have been travelling the world with help from Lonely Planet's guides. Image: Dulverton Ducks
Tommy and Mary Duck have been travelling the world with help from Lonely Planet’s guides. Image: Dulverton Ducks

The ducks are named after Annie’s late uncle Tommy and his wife Mary. Annie and Ben spotted them in a charity shop window while attending her uncle’s funeral in Dulverton, Somerset, as they passed by en route to the wake in Dulverton Town Hall. They bought them and decided that they would travel the world.

Tommy and Mary Duck have been travelling the world with help from Lonely Planet's guides. Image: Dulverton Ducks
Tommy and Mary Duck have been travelling the world with help from Lonely Planet’s guides. Image: Dulverton Ducks

“Ben and I started to send postcards to the charity shop from Mr and Mrs Duck, and ended up creating a Facebook page called Dulverton Ducks for the shop to follow,” Annie tells Lonely Planet. “The wanderlust ducks now have a lot of followers, and the page is always written in the persona of the ducks so no one really knows who we are.”

Tommy and Mary Duck have been travelling the world with help from Lonely Planet's guides. Image: Dulverton Ducks
Tommy and Mary Duck have been travelling the world with help from Lonely Planet’s guides. Image: Dulverton Ducks

The ducks have now been on 30 flights and have plenty more planned this year. They have visited Ireland twice, Norway, Kuala Lumpur, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Perhentian islands in Malaysia, Portugal, the AzoresLuxembourg, Iceland, Prague, Venice, Trieste, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Tommy and Mary Duck have been travelling the world with help from Lonely Planet's guides. Image: Dulverton Ducks
Tommy and Mary Duck have been travelling the world with help from Lonely Planet’s guides. Image: Dulverton Ducks

“The ducks love to pack their quackpacks and travel as much as possible, and we buy a Lonely Planet guide for every place we go so we don’t miss anything important,” Annie explains. “Slovenia was a favourite as Lake Bled is beautiful and ideal for ducks. The emerald Soca river was perfect too. They were the first ever knitted ducks to climb Mount Triglav, the highest mountain in the Julian Alps. They were quackered but what an achievement it was!”

Tommy and Mary Duck have been travelling the world with help from Lonely Planet's guides. Image: Dulverton Ducks
Tommy and Mary Duck have been travelling the world with help from Lonely Planet’s guides. Image: Dulverton Ducks

The ducks’ fellow adventurers Annie and Ben are in their early 30s. They live in Somerset and work full-time as Annie is a project manager and Ben is a business development manager. “We try to get away as much as we can so the ducks can see lots of the world,” says Annie. “We have our own blog with more detail about some of the adventures we’ve been on with them at benstravels.co.uk.

Tommy and Mary Duck have been travelling the world with help from Lonely Planet's guides. Image: Dulverton Ducks
Tommy and Mary Duck have been travelling the world with help from Lonely Planet’s guides. Image: Dulverton Ducks

Annie and Ben are really pleased that their travels seem to have inspired other ducks to get out and see the world too. Various people has now bought knitted ducks from the charity shop this year and are posting pics on their Facebook page. They’ve even had offers of holidays.

Tommy and Mary Duck have been travelling the world with help from Lonely Planet's guides. Image: Dulverton Ducks
Tommy and Mary Duck have been travelling the world with help from Lonely Planet’s guides. Image: Dulverton Ducks

To follow Tommy and Mary Duck’s adventures, checkout the Dulverton Ducks Facebook page.

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