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Gareth is on a mission to visit every country in the world, and is also a North Korean expert, having traveled to the Hermit Kingdom over 80 times.
Gareth is the founder of Young Pioneer Tours, whose tagline is, “budget tours to destinations your mother would rather you stay away from”. They specialize in off-the-beaten-path places, such as Transnistria, Somaliland, Venezuela, and of course North Korea, where Gareth has traveled to over 80 times. Along the way, Gareth plans to travel to every country in the world.
More about Gareth Johnson:
- Born in: London, UK
- Passports from: UK
- Favorite travel book: The Beach
- Favorite travel film: Babe: Pig in the City
- Favorite travel site: Rome2Rio
- Must carry: Notebook and pen
- Favorite food: Raw Beef
- Favorite Airline: Qatar Airways
- Websites: Young Pioneer Tours
- Facebook: youngpioneertours
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 225 countries and territories.
- The Century Club states that there are 324 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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