Jack Goldstein has traveled to 134 countries
Jack and I have never met in person, but we have been close, one time both being in the Caucasus at the same time years ago. And I “met” him numerous times over a quarantine Zoom trivia game for a number of weeks during the height of Covid this past spring. Regardless of never meeting Jack in person, I was curios to learn more about his travels.
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Be careful of what you wish for. I always ask for reviews, and I just got a recent one from MFallik. And he is not happy. This person gave me one star. Ouch. This person wrote …
And a message from our friend’s at Untamed Borders. One country where travel is possible right now is Pakistan. For most nationalities, a recent negative Covid PCR test is required to enter the country but once in Pakistan movement is unrestricted. Untamed Borders is taking advantage of this by offering a new fixed date trip in November and December of 2020. It is a long road trip of almost the entire length of Pakistan from Karachi in the Arabian Sea to Peshawar – the gateway to the Hindu Kush. Stopping at Sufi shrines, Buddhist remains, Mughal mosques and energetic bazaars. These dates are the perfect time of year for the weather in this region of Pakistan. Contact Untamed Borders for more information.
I would also like to share with you that Babis Bizas, a former guest of Counting Countries, has published his latest book, Geographic Guide For Travelers. Babis is considered one of the most traveled people in the world. Babis takes us on a tour around the world and shares his experiences and highlights for every country in the world with an accompanying photo like the Arab Marshes at the Tigris and the Euphrates or the Dragon’s Blood Trees of Socotra. You can purchase on Amazon.
I also want to say hi to fans in 203 countries such as Turkmenistan, Eritrea, and Micronesia! Not sure how they calculate the 203 number. Missing countries like Yemen, Libya, DPRK, Guinea Bissau, Lesotho, CAR, Botswana.
Jack was in Bogota while I was recording in Bangkok. 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.
More About Jack Goldstein Counting Countries:
- Born in: Bogota
- Passports: Columbia, Hungary, USA
- Favorite Book: World’s Most Dangerous Places
- Favorite Film: The Weeping Camel
- Favorite Travel App: NomadMania
- Favorite Food: Indian
- Favorite Airline: Turkish Airlines
- Favorite Hotel: My hotel: Lancaster House, Bogota
- Map: https://nomadmania.com/profile/6461
- Blog: www.valijadeapocrifos.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jack.goldstein18
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 329 sovereign nations, territories, enclaves, and islands.
- The Most Traveled Person states that there are 949 unique parts of the world.
- The Nomad Mania divides the world into 1301 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.
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