Palle Bo … Re-Invented Himself At 50
Palle has traveled to 80 countries
On today’s episode, I welcome Palle Bo to Counting Countries. Palle and I have met twice over the last couple of years, once in Manila and once in Chicago, but today is the day where we made it official with an interview.
Before I introduce Palle, I am reminding you that Counting Countries is now partnered with Patreon. Patreon is a platform that allows patrons, that’s you, to support creators, and that is me creating Counting Countries. I have been extremely fortunate to be be able to create this podcast and be able to meet so many interesting and compelling travelers, but I have also spent a tremendous amount of time and some money creating this podcast. So for example, some benefits are extended interviews. Some Patrons are able to listen to an exclusive additional 20 minute interview with last month’s guest, Petro. Or a five minute update from Fabio Cao, from former guest, who has finished every country in the world.
And a reminder, Counting Countries is offering its first group tour to Bhutan on November 7th. This is a great agenda which I consulted on and helped create. I have been to Bhutan three times and looking forward to returning for a fourth time. Besides seeing amazing things like Tiger’s Nest and the Punakha Dzong, I have scheduled this trip to coincide with two festivals. I have also negotiated a daily $25 discount from the mandated government minimums. Please go to GlobalGaz.com to see more information as well as disclosures. And I am announcing a new trip to Madagascar in August of 2020 with G Adventures.
Palle made a drastic change when he became 50. He sold everything and left everything that he had known for the past 50 years … his family, his friends, and his career. He was officially on the quest to travel to every country in the world. He left Denmark nearly three years ago with no plans to return back. We discuss his journey and how we got there.
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But for now, here’s my conversation with Palle, who was in Denmark while I was in Bangkok. Please listen in and enjoy.
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More about Palle Bo:
- Born in: Denmark
- Passports from: Denmark
- Favorite travel film: Don’t really have one. More TV travel shows like Michael Palin’s travel shows, the Charley Boorman series “By Any Means” – and of course Anthony Bourdain.
- Favorite travel book: Vagabonding
- Favorite travel site: TrackMyTour to say something other than Airbnb, Couchsurfing or TripAdvisor
- Must carry: My scuba diving goggles with prescription glass
- Favorite food: Don’t really have any. I like to sample the local food – without being a foodie.
- Favorite drink: Same answer here
- Map: NomadMania
- Instagram: @RadioVagabond
- Twitter: @RadioVagabond
- Website: Radio Vagabond
- Facebook: Radio Vagabond
- Youtube: YouTube.com/TheRadioVagabond
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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.
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 327 sovereign nations, territories, enclaves, and islands.
- The Most Traveled Person states that there are 891 unique parts of the world.
- The Nomad Mania divides the world into 1281 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.
Check out our friend and his new book:
The Curious Case of William Baekeland William is a former guest of Counting Countries. Harry Mitsidis, the author and extreme traveler, traces William’s arrival and unraveling in the travel community. It is a story worthy of a film … and this book.
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