Katelyn Jarvis has traveled to 150 countries. Katelyn Jarvis Counting Countries
Katelyn is one of many who has been on my radar screen for some time as we passed each other like two ships during the night on FB. I finally got to meet Katelyn in person at the Extraordinary Travel Festival in Yerevan and then learned more about her when she was nominated for the Nomad Mania Awards. So I thought now would be a great time to set up an interview and learn more about her travels.
I was curious to learn more about Katelyn’s philanthropy and how she combined that with her travels. During our conversation, I was impressed to learn more about her efforts with her organization, Peace Stamps. I believe anyone Chasing 193 is an impressive person, when you are able to marry that with something even more meaningful, even better.
This is a reminder that I am partnering with SafetyWing, a travel insurance company, and yes, I am an affiliate. I have been using them personally for over 2 years. And yes, there are a couple of reasons why … let me highlight a couple of the features. First, you can purchase insurance while you are already on the go. Some insurance products force you to sign up only when you are in your home country. Second, you only have to share your initial country on your trip. Many times, on some of my open-ended trips, I end up adding in additional countries. I don’t have to worry about forgetting to update SafetyWing. They have me covered. Third, most countries are covered. Exceptions are Cuba, Iran, DPRK, Syria, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Everywhere else is covered from Mogadishu to Tripoli. And fourth, you do not have to declare a dollar value for the trip. Some other providers force you to list the dollar value of your trip. I really can’t think of any trips I have taken where I am able to calculate the trips costs for one or two months. To me, this insurance is fire and forgot. It will renew every month, or you can set an end date. But compared to many of the other products out there, this one to me is the most flexible. So, take a moment, check out SafetyWing, and click on the link to sign up for your next trip.
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I was in Chicago for this recording while Katelyn was in Ohio. Please listen in and enjoy.
Thank you to my Patrons …. Barry Hoffner, Ed Hotchkiss, Lucy Shoe, Phillip Jones, Thor Pedersen, Simen Flotvik Mathisen, Adam Hickman, Bisa Myles & Ted Nims.
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About Katelyn Jarvis Counting Countries
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 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.
- And the video that explains it all!
- 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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