Charles has traveled to every country in the world and is the founder of MTP
I had known of Charles for many years, both his accomplishments and the Most Traveled People. I had the opportunity to meet Charles in person at the Extreme Travel International Congress at the Principality of Sealand. He was one of the 25 travelers at the congress and I was able to sit next to him at one meal and listen in on his travel stories.
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Before I speak with Charles, I want to introduce Counting Countries’s new partner, Untamed Borders. Untamed Borders is well known in our community for their expertise in countries like Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan, and others. And during our episode today, I will have a brief conversation with James Wilcox.
Also, please remember, I am organizing a trip to Madagascar in August of 2020 with G Adventures. You can support Counting Countries by booking a trip through my link So feel free to reach out to me with any questions. Take a look at their trips to Galapagos and Antarctica.
There are travelers and then there are travelers. Charles has made an incredible commitment to travel; in time, treasure, and in personal sacrifice. I think this commitment is neatly explained with his expedition to Bouvet Island. Listen to our conversation and ask yourself would you follow in his footsteps? Charles will explain where Bouvet Island is and his journey to travel there.
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But for now, here’s my conversation with Charles who was in northern California while I was in Chicago. 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.
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.
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 Traveler’s Century Club states that there are 327 sovereign nations, territories, enclaves, and islands.
- The Most Traveled Person states that there are 891 unique parts of the world.
- The Nomad Mania divides the world into 1281 regions.
- SISO says there are 3,978 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.
Check out our friend and his new book:
The Curious Case of William Baekeland William is a former guest of Counting Countries. Harry Mitsidis, the author and extreme traveler, traces William’s arrival and unraveling in the travel community. It is a story worthy of a film … and this book.
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