Dustin balanced his career as a dentist while completing all 193 UN countries and then some.
Dustin grew up in small town America yet ended up living in Singapore working as a dentist. Despite a childhood of limited travel, he spread his travel wings after settling in Singapore and began to discover the region. Dustin shares with us an amazing collection of travel stories. He crossed the border into Syria from Lebanon as an invited guest of Syria. Dustin was the keynote speaker at a medical conference in Damascus. He was banned from entering Israel and had to hire an attorney so he could attempt another visit. Dustin couchsurfed in Burundi and ended up in jail. He met his host in Afghanistan on Tinder. Dustin tells us why the Maldives is one of his least favorite countries. And Dustin also gave back when traveling, including spending two days providing dental treatment to half of the population of Pitcairn Island.
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More about Dustin Pfundheller:
- Born in: Altoona, WI, USA
- Passport: USA
- Favorite travel site: Couchsurfing, Tinder, Google maps, maps.me, Whatsapp
- Website: Wandering Dentist
- Facebook: Wandering Dentist
- Map: The Best Traveled
- Book Mentioned On The Podcast: 198: How I Ran Out Of Countries by Gunnar Garfors
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 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 Best Traveled 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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