Nina Sedano – 193 countries … and one of the few women to accomplish this goal



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Listen to Nina’s inspiring story to learn how an offhand comment by a friend set her on the path of becoming one of the approximately 10 women who have visited every country in the world.

Nina grew up in Frankfurt in a single parent home. As a child she dipped her toe in the water and traveled within Europe, visiting England on a language exchange program. She began to travel and explore more after university visiting a couple dozen countries.  At the age of 36, she quit her job in the corporate world so she could focus more on counting countries.  

Nina shares with us her love of and passion for travel, of speaking multiple languages, witnessing beautiful wildlife, and meeting and interacting with locals. Nina shares her love of safari, the beauty of the Serengeti, and watching the wildebeest migration. She talks about the remoteness of the Orkney islands, and her frustration getting visas…for iran, turkmenistan, and equatorial guinea.  She tells us a story of watching a gorilla slap a tourist in Rwanda.  She talks of petting a cute domesticated warthog in south africa. Nina is also a twice published author, with a third book on the way.  Her first book stayed on the german best selling list for 70 weeks.  

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Check out our partner and sponsor: Chasing 193, Volume II: The Quest To Visit Every Country In The World.

Explore the unique stories from 20 more world-class travelers from various backgrounds and nations and from all walks of life who have tirelessly pursued visiting every country in the world and have filled their lives with a virtually endless amount of adventure.

And take a look at Large Minority.  They organize international rallies around the world including: Sri Lanka, Cambodia, the Philippines and the Amazon.  

More about Nina Sedano:

  • Born in: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Passports from: Germany
  • Favorite travel book:  I love the book about all Unesco-World Heritage Sites    
  • Favorite travel film:  The film ‘Out of Africa’ with Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, although not a travel film, had a special impact on me when young regarding the black continent
  • Must carry: Female sanitary stuff, handkerchiefs, books and in most countries toilet paper, a torch, camomile tea for my stomach
  • Favorite food:  Thai green curry with beef, lemongrass, eggplant or tortellini with ham+cream sauce
  • Favorite drink: Tea in all varieties     
  • Favorite Airline: Lufthansa/Emirates
  • Map: Nomad Mania

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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

How Many Countries Are There?

Well… that depends on who you ask!

Check out our partner and sponsor: Chasing 193, Volume II: The Quest To Visit Every Country In The World.

Explore the unique stories from 20 more world-class travelers from various backgrounds and nations and from all walks of life who have tirelessly pursued visiting every country in the world and have filled their lives with a virtually endless amount of adventure.

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