Eric Nguyen – 193 countries … at the age of 24!



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At the age of 24, Eric visited his last UN country beating Guinness World Record Holder, James Asquith.  

Eric grew up in northern California, the son of Vietnamese immigrants.  He had the opportunity of international travel with his family growing up.  But his travel began in earnest when he went backpacking in East and Southeast Asia when he was just 18.  He was inspired to visit every country in the world and attempt to break the world record for three reasons.  First, Eric was inspired by world traveler and former guest, Gunnar Garfors.  Second, Eric learned about James Asquith, the Guinness World Record Holder at the time, the youngest person to travel to every country in the world.  But the final catalyst was a meeting with his college professor who encouraged him to see the world when he was young.

Eric at times threw caution into the wind when pursuing his quest.  He couchsurfed in Libya, while local militias learned of his presence.  He had a very challenging time in West Africa.  He was in a motorcycle accident.  Eric also caught malaria and was robbed while he recovered in his hospital room.  Eric crossed into Yemen at the Omani border.  Later, he attempted to return to Oman, but was denied entry.  For five days, Eric was held in a detention center at the border.  Eric celebrated in May when he arrived in his last country of Eritrea.  

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More about Eric Nguyen:

  • Born in: USA
  • Passports from: USA

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Counting Countries is the only podcast to bring you the stories from the dedicated few who’ve spent their lives on the singular quest of traveling to every country in the world. Less people have traveled to every country in the world than have been to outer space.

Theme music for this podcast is Demeter’s Dance, written, performed, and provided by Mundi.

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Ric is also on his own quest to visit every country in the world. You can see where he has traveled so far and keep up with his journey at GlobalGaz.com

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4 thoughts on “Eric Nguyen – 193 countries … at the age of 24!

  1. Ray

    Congratulations, Eric! That is a tough feat to accomplish. I remember reading some press about James Asquith’s record breaking feat a couple years ago, but hadn’t really heard or seen much of him in the media since.

    Do you have a blog/vlog of your adventures that we can follow? Would be interesting to see your viewpoints of the world as both a young adult and as an American.

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  2. custodio issa

    Would like to be in touch with such perdon.i am 59 and eas only able to visit 148 UN countries.Plan to visit them all on the nrxt 5 years ot so and need some help gtom others

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