Michael has visited every country in the world and is ranked #10 on Nomad Mania
On today’s episode, I welcome back Michael Runkel back to Counting Countries. Michael first appeared on Episode 17, back in the fall of 2016. At that time he had completed 176 countries.
I am in a difficult position. There are only 26 podcasts a year, and there are so many incredible individuals in the 193 community. I have an ongoing personal debate whether to only feature new people on the podcast or revisit with prior guests. I decided in some cases, it would be interesting to touch base with previous guests who were in the midst of their quest, and who at a later point completed the 193. Hence, Michael rejoins Counting Countries again. And he does not disappoint. Michael is a prolific traveler and shares more incredible travel stories including one from Central African Republic. He introduces us to Kolja Spori’s Extreme Traveler International Congress, which took place in Somalia, where William Baekeland made an appearance. Michael also touches on his extremely successful photo exhibit (which has ended at the time of the publication of this podcast) in Germany featuring photos from all 193 countries
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But for now, here’s my conversation with Michael, who joined me from Germany while I was in Bangkok, the Big Mango.
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More about Michael:
- Born in: Bavaria, Germany
- Passports from: Germany
- Favorite travel book: Shantaram
- Favorite travel site: Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Forum
- Must carry: Camera
- Favorite food: German Roulade, a roulade is a dish of filled rolled meat or pastry.
- Favorite drink: Aperol Spritz
- Favorite Airline: Emirates Airlines
- Website: Micheal Runkel
- Facebook: Michael Runkel Photographs
- Instagram: Michael Runkel Photo
- Travel Map: The Best Traveled Map
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 327 sovereign nations, territories, enclaves, and islands.
- The Most Traveled Person states that there are 875 unique parts of the world.
- The Nomad Mania states that there are 1281 unique places in the world.
- 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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