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Stephen Hughes … is a threat to national security

9/6/2018
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Key Links Get your official Counting Countries apparelListen withSpotify We’re on Amazon Alexa --------------------------------------- On today’s episode, I welcome Stephen Hughes to Counting Countries. Steve and I met on the road during a visit to Iran, where we are both not allowed independent travel. I enjoyed our time together since Steve is not shy about sharing his opinions, and I knew he would be a good fit for the podcast. And this episode was a long time in the coming. We met...

Duration:01:11:36

Boris Kester … has completed the 193

8/23/2018
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Key links & critical information: Get your official Counting Countries apparelListen withSpotify We’re on Amazon Alexa More about Boris Kester: Born in: Kerkrade, The Hague, NetherlandsPassports from:NetherlandsFavorite travel book: Homer’s OdysseyFavorite travel film:Touching The VoidFavorite travel app:maps.meMust carry: CameraFavorite food:ItalianFavorite drink:Freshly squeezed fruit juiceFavorite Airline: KLMFavorite Hotel:Mattress in the desertWebsites:Travel Adventures&Boris...

Duration:02:06:18

Maurice Brand … has completed 148 UN countries

8/9/2018
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Key links & critical information: Get your official Counting Countries apparelListen withSpotify We’re on Amazon Alexa More about Maurice Brand: Born in: Kerkrade, NetherlandsPassports from: DutchFavorite travel film: GivenFavorite travel app: SkyscannerMust carry: Camera and several lensesFavorite food: HummusFavorite drink: WaterFavorite Airline: Ethiopian AirlinesFacebook:Maurice Brand Please leave a rating or a review wherever you listen to Counting Countries. We’re on Apple...

Duration:00:53:41

Michael Runkel … has completed 193 UN countries

7/26/2018
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Key links & critical information: Get your official Counting Countries apparelListen withSpotify We’re on Amazon Alexa ---------- More about Michael Runkel: Born in: Bavaria, GermanyPassports from:GermanyFavorite travel book:ShantaramFavorite travel site:Lonely Planet Thorn Tree ForumMust carry: CameraFavorite food: GermanRoulade, a roulade is a dish of filled rolled meat or pastry.Favorite drink: Aperol SpritzFavorite Airline: Emirates AirlinesBanyan Tree Hotel, Tanna,...

Duration:01:09:48

Lexie Alford

7/12/2018
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Key links & critical information: Get your official Counting Countries apparelListen withSpotify We’re on Amazon Alexa More about Lexie Alford: Born in: Nevada City, CaliforniaPassports from: US PassportFavorite travel book: On the Road by Jack KerouacFavorite travel film: SamsaraFavorite app: Passporter app (coming soon)Favorite food: Moroccan CouscousFavorite drink: Freddo Cappuccino (Greece)Favorite airline: DeltaFavorite hotel: Berggasthaus Äscher (Cliff Hanging Hostel in the Swiss...

Duration:01:32:01

Taylor Demonbreun … has completed 125 UN countries

6/28/2018
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Key links & critical information: Get your official Counting Countries apparelListen withSpotify We’re on Amazon Alexa More about Trek With Taylor Born in: Tuscaloosa, AlabamaPassports from: 2 US PassportsFavorite travel book: Eat Pray Love, I guess? I don’t tend to read a ton of travel books.Favorite travel film: Honestly? The Lizzie McGuire Movie or The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Those both probably sound so trivial or childish but from a young age they really inspired me to...

Duration:01:28:37

Jorge Sanchez: Ranked first on Nomad Mania

6/14/2018
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Key links & critical information: Get your official Counting Countries apparelListen withSpotify We’re on Amazon AlexaAnd check out our new sponsor - The Journey by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines - take a listen and subscribe! More about Jorge Sanchez Born in: I was born in 1954 in Barcelona, SpainPassports from: I have Spanish passportFavorite travel book: My favorite travel book is:The Seven Voyages of Sindbad the SailorFavorite travel film:BarakaMust carry: A notebookFavorite food: Any...

Duration:02:05:53

Peleg Cohen … has completed 133 UN countries as he gives back to the local community

5/31/2018
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Key links & critical information: Get your official Counting Countries apparelListen withSpotify We’re on Amazon Alexa And check out our new sponsor - The Journey by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines - take a listen and subscribe! More about Peleg Cohen: Born in: Nahariya, IsraelPassports from:IsraelFavorite travel book:A Fine BalanceFavorite travel film:Into The WildMust carry: Camera!! Favorite food: My mom’s cooking, then Indian foodFavorite drink:MezcalWebsite:Lonely PelegFacebook:Lonely...

Duration:01:19:56

Samer Kawar … has completed 145 UN countries, while marrying his passion for travel and architecture

5/17/2018
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Key links & critical information: Get your official Counting Countries apparelListen withSpotify We’re on Amazon Alexa More about Samer Kawar: Born in: San Francisco Bay AreaPassports from:USA, JordanFavorite travel book:Any Lonely Planet GuideFavorite travel film:Seven Years in TibetFavorite travel app or website:Nomad Mania, Atlas Obscura, TripadvisorMust carry: My sketchbook, Polaroid Zip photo printerFavorite food: Khao soi, torta ahogada, coconut curryFavorite drink:the local beer...

Duration:01:21:20

Frank Grosse-Oetringhaus … has created a list of 5,000 places in the world to visit

3/22/2018
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Key links & critical information: Get your official Counting Countries apparelListen withSpotify We’re on Amazon Alexa More about Frank Grosse-Oetringhaus: Born in: GermanyPassports from: GermanyWebsite:Frank Grosse OetringhausMap:Nomad Mania A final note, with this episode, it will mark the end of Season 1. A great thank you to all the listeners as well as all of the great travelers I have spoken with. I look forward to speaking with all of you when Season 2 kicks off in early summer.

Duration:01:49:30

Jeff Shea summited the Seven Summits, traveled to all 193 countries, and much more!

3/8/2018
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Key links & critical information: World Parks, Inc.SISO Club Counting Countries is now on Amazon Alexa Listen on SpotifyBuy official Counting Countries apparel today More about Jeff Shea: Born in San Francisco, CAPassports from USAFavorite travel book: Bill Dalton’s Indonesia Handbook 1983Must carry: Headlamps, Neosporin, satellite phone if on an expeditionFavorite food: My wife’s cookingFavorite drink: Soursop juiceFavorite airline: Garuda and Turkish AirlinesInstagram: Travel The Whole...

Duration:02:05:42

George Kashouh has summited the highest mountain on six of the seven continents!

2/15/2018
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George has set two ambitious goals. First, he wants to summit the tallest mountain on each continent. Second, he intends to travel to every country in the world. He has made great progress so far, summiting six of the seven summits and has traveled to 78 UN countries. George has climbed the highest mountain on each continent, except for Mt. Vinson Massif in Antarctica, which is quite remote and expensive to climb. George has showed true grit. His first attempt at summiting Mt. Everest...

Duration:01:34:09

Babis Bizas - 193 countries ... and travels 300 days a year for several decades

2/1/2018
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Babis completed his quest for 193 in 2004, but has not slowed down at all. In the late 1970s, Babis backpacked the Hippy Trail which included Pakistan and Afghanistan. He eventually found his way to Sri Lanka and joined the crew of a Greek ship and travelled even further. Babis is one of the few who has traveled to both the North and South Pole. He shares with us an amazing tale of 19 hours in a helicopter traveling to the North Pole. And no travel career is complete without an arrest...

Duration:01:12:17

Artemy Lebedev - 193 countries ... and exploring over 1500 cities

1/18/2018
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Download Episode! Being a lazy workaholic propelled Artemy to become one of the world’s most traveled people Artemy had exploration in his DNA. As a kid he traveled the metro in Moscow visiting scores of different theaters, satisfying his passion of cinema as well as exploring the nooks and crannies of his city. As an adult, he made a pact with himself ensuring that at least once a month he would partake on a trip, whether the neighboring town or across the world. This led him to be ranked...

Duration:01:36:57

Jonny Blair - 113 countries ... a Northern Irishman in Poland

1/4/2018
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Jonny loves travel and he has a special interest in micronations. Jonny has met Jonathan I, Emperor of Austenasia and was the first backpacker to visit the nation. He also visited the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a unique political and geographical entity. Jonny shares stories of traveling to New Zealand and partaking in adventure sports and meeting tons of other travelers. He explains the challenges of traveling in China and the rewards that are earned by visiting this amazing...

Duration:01:19:03

Tony Giles - 110 countries ... and blind and mostly deaf

12/21/2017
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Download Episode! Tony has a sense of adventure not rivaled by many. Tony heard tales of travel from his Dad, a merchant marine. He also had two opportunities to study in the USA as a student. Yet, the gift of a kidney which prevented a life of dialysis supercharged his travel life, reminding him that his life is short. And did I mention that Tony is also blind and mostly deaf. Tony shows an incredible amount of poise, courage and optimism. Tony typically travels solo and revels in the...

Duration:01:17:58

Special Report - Turmoil In The Travel Community - The William Baekeland Controversy

12/7/2017
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A number of allegations have been made against William Baekeland by other members of the travel community. These allegations have not been proven in a court of law. Please listen in on this special episode. Photos provided with permission by Harry Mitsidis and Dominique Laurent. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts today! And write a review! Check out our friends: Chasing 193, Volume II: The Quest To Visit Every Country In The World and Large Minority. They organize international rallies around...

Duration:02:35:48

James Asquith - 193 countries ... and Guinness World Record Holder

11/23/2017
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Download Episode! James is the current world record holder as the youngest person to travel to every country in the world according to the Guinness World Records James has travel DNA. His grandfather regaled him with tales of spending time in Yemen. His mother lived in Hong Kong. His father was an airline captain who flew to international locales like Senegal and Ethiopia, James sometimes accompanying. James shares with us why people make such a big difference when visiting every country...

Duration:01:16:10

Pongtharin Tanthasindhu - 113 countries ... and travelling on a Thai passport

11/9/2017
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Pong has travel in his blood. He started traveling to nearby Asian countries and Europe with his parents as a kid. Pong spent a year as a thirteen year old in Bangalore, India learning English at a strict boarding school. He continued his schooling in Canada as he went to high school and university. Instead of heading back to Thailand on summer break he ended up visiting his classmate in the middle of Russia in the Urals for two months, living like a local. During university, he took a...

Duration:01:06:57

Arvinder Bahal - 178 countries ... and on his way to outer space!

10/26/2017
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Download Episode! Arvi is nearly finished in completing his quest to travel to all 193 countries, and has had some amazing experiences on the way. Arvi only has 15 countries left and is hoping to finish this quest in the next year. During his travels, he has visited both Antarctica and the North Pole. He sailed around Antarctica from New Zealand to Chile, stopping and visiting McMurdo Station via helicopter during his 30 day cruise. He joined a Russian nuclear ice-breaker as it journeyed...

Duration:01:02:23