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Erika Owen
July 13, 2016

There's a lot to like—and dislike—about Pokémon Go, but there's one person who loves the app so much he's taking two months away from his job to play it.

Tom Currie, a 24-year-old Auckland native, quit his gig at a café to travel the country in search of the hundreds of Pokémon taking over phone screens around the world.

Much like a fitness tracker, the app keeps count of how much you've walked while on your Pokémon hunts. Currie has racked up around 31 miles—and that's since the game launched last week. He says he has captured more than 700 Pokémon.

“I booked buses from all the way down to Invercargill and all the way back up to Cape Reinga so hopefully I can catch some awesome Pokémon on the way,” Currie told New Zealand's NewsHub.

We've heard of people crowding museums—even Santa Monica pier—but this might be the first dedicated Pokémon vacation.

Erika Owen is the Senior Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen. 

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