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 story. Babis found himself in a jail in Benghazi.
Babis spoke about his favorite traveler, Frank Grosse Oetringhaus, who is a fellow 193er. He also shares an interesting perspective of why he is fond of William Baekeland, who he met and traveled with.
Babis joined me from Greece while I was in Bangkok, please join in and listen to today’s episode.
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More about Babis Bizas:
- Born in: Town of Arta in Northwest Greece
- Passports from: Greece
- Favorite travel book: Around The World In 80 Days
- Favorite travel film: Unknown Land
- Favorite websites: Wild Earth Travel
- Must carry: My camera
- Favorite food: Uzbek Plov
- Favorite drink: Airan
- Favorite airline: Turkish Airlines
- Favorite hotel: Best Western
- Facebook: Babis Bizas
- Website: Babis Bizas
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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.
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!
- The United Nations states that there are 193 member states.
- The British Foreign and Commonwealth office states that there are 226 countries and territories.
- The Century Club states that there are 325 sovereign nations, territories, enclaves, and islands.
- The Most Traveled Person states that there are 875 unique parts of the world.
- The Nomad Mania states that there are 1281 unique places in the world.
- Me? My goal is the 193 countries that are recognized by the UN, but I am sure I will visit some other places along the way.
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– Babis Bizas, great traveler but no children and over 60 years old.
– Don Parrish, great traveler but no children and over 70 years old.
– Heinz Stucke, great traveler but no children and over 70 years old.
– Frank Grosse-Oetringhaus, great traveler but no children and over 70 years old.
– and so on.
I find that these gentlemen travel so much because they are lacking someting very important in their lives. I may feel admiration for their travels, but I do not envy them and I do not want to be like them. There is a middle way, a reasonable way to travel and have a family life with children.
It is great we all get to have our own opinions. Different strokes for different folks, the beauty of the travel community.