Lee Abbamonte – 193 countries … and the North and South Pole!



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Lee has led an incredible life, traveling to all 193 countries and being the youngest American to accomplish this feat at that time.  And he is only 6 territories away from completing the Travelers Century Club.

Lee travels in style whether it is entering his 193rd country under a hail of gunfire or hanging out with Prince Harry in Antarctica.  Lee grew up in modest circumstances and began his travel with a semester abroad in London.  This trip and the loss of his friends on 9/11 sparked his interest in travel.  Lee was motivated to complete the Travelers Century Club after he read an article about Charles Veley accomplishing the TCC list.  He shares with us the high and lows of traveling in Africa.  Lee recounts summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro and spotting lions in the Serengeti.  And also, how even the ATMs in Nigeria are in on the scam.  Lee shares his journey to off-the- beaten path places like Tuvalu (awful experience) and Pitcairn Islands (rewarding experience).  Please listen in and enjoy.                  

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About Counting Countries

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.

About GlobalGaz

Ric Gazarian is the host of Counting Countries. He is the author of three books: Hit The Road: India, 7000 KM To Go, and Photos From Chernobyl.  He is the producer of two travel documentaries: Hit The Road: India and Hit The Road: Cambodia.

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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2 thoughts on “Lee Abbamonte – 193 countries … and the North and South Pole!

  1. Jim

    Haven’t listened yet, but did you ask Lee about the fact that he counts airport transfers in his count. It seems that he recently “cleaned up” CAR and Sao Tome by making his first non-airport transfer visit. But there are other countries where he’s only transited the airport. Plus, he has a lot of TCC places where he flew in and out on same plane (e.g., Niue, Christmas Is., etc.). So, despite his protestations not to be beholden to any list, its pretty clear that he’s working was working his way through the TCC list. Plus, now that a younger woman has beaten his record, when will he change his slogan — that would be be bad for his business of hustling operators for free or discounted trips in exchange for blog entries.

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    1. Ric Gazarian

      Thanks for your feedback, I guess I would suggest you listen to the conversation since we touch on some of the subjects that you commented on. Not sure if I would necessarily agree with your implication of “hustling”. For generations, companies and brands have paid influencers for access to their audience. I found Lee to be very open and amiable during our conversation. But again, listen to the podcast and form your own opinion.

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