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1903, 2020

Boy Interrupted, Travel In The Time Of Covid

By |March 19th, 2020|Categories: Advice, Africa, Asia, Europe|2 Comments

Boy Interrupted, Travel In The Time Of Covid.  The spreadsheet had been tweaked and edited for months. Reviewed and rewritten. I had planned all my travels from January through October of 2020. And it was only October of 2019. I had set high ambitions for the year with a list of 19 new countries. And of course, a handful of repeats. The new countries were broken into three trips. February/March – West Africa Senegal Gambia Guinea-Bissau Guinea Sierra Leone Liberia May/June – The Pacific Papua New Guinea Solomon Islands Nauru Kiribati Marshall Islands August/September/October – Southern Africa Malawi Comoros Madagascar Mauritius Mauritania Eswatini Lesotho Botswana This was to be 19 new countries … and I was hoping for a 20th in either October or November. If you are a reader you might know I am trying to visit every country in the world. And at the start of 2020, I had traveled to 140 of 193 countries. A sample of my travel spreadsheet And then Covid-19 arrived. I am partially living in Bangkok. And the [...]

1803, 2020

The Gambia – 142nd Country

By |March 18th, 2020|Categories: Africa, Counting Countries 193 Countdown|0 Comments

The Gambia – 142nd Country. To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries. The Gambia is my 142nd country. Check out the best 193 travel books to read! The Gambia located in West Africa centuries ago was part of the Mali Empire. The Portuguese were the fist Europeans to take interest. Then the British and French jockeyed for power, until Britain gained control of these lands. The Gambia gained its independence from the Brits in 1965. The Gambia is the smallest country on continental Africa with less than two million citizens. It is a skinny enclave completely surrounded by Senegal and the Atlantic Ocean. The Gambia River which divides the country is a focal point for the nation. English is the official language with 95% of the nation practicing Islam. I crossed overland from Senegal into The Gambia. I was in the midst of a month-long overland trip with two friends. The Gambia stated that US citizens [...]

1803, 2020

Senegal – 141st Country

By |March 18th, 2020|Categories: Africa, Counting Countries 193 Countdown|0 Comments

Senegal – 141st Country. To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries. Senegal is my 141st country. Check out the best 193 travel books to read! Senegal is a country located in West Africa numbering 16 million people. Senegal was the focus of European powers, including the Portuguese, the Dutch, French and the British. France consolidated its dominance in the 1850s. Senegal gained its independence in 1960 and is a democratic nation. The country is predominantly Sunni Muslim with approximately 5% of the nation following the Christian faith. Its official language is French but there are many ethnic groups who have their own language as well. I touched down in Dakar, the capital on March 8th, when Senegal had just a few cases of Covid-19. This was the start of a month-long trip across West Africa. I was traveling with my friend Marlon, who I had already been on two roadtrips with as well as my travel [...]

1103, 2020

Lorenzo Riccardi … Marrying Economics And Travel

By |March 11th, 2020|Categories: Podcast|0 Comments

Lorenzo has traveled to every country in the world I had the great opportunity to sit down with Lorenzo during his visit to Bangkok.  We had known of each other through the EPS community on FB as well as through some mutual friends.  After the interview, Lorenzo joined me at a travel networking event I host in Bangkok where he was the featured speaker.  It is always great to do the interviews in person. Counting Countries is offering its first group tour to Madagascar in August of 2020.  Please reach out to me with any questions on this trip.  In addition, if you are planning trips to places like Antarctica, Svalbard, Galapagos, please consider my partner G Adventures and use my link. I am reminding you that Counting Countries is partnered with Patreon.  Patreon is a platform that allows patrons, that’s you, to support creators, and that is me creating Counting Countries.  And thanks to my other patrons, Steph Rowe, Ted Nims, Bisa Myles, Ryan Gazder, Stephen Rothwell, and Adam Hickman. They get to listen to extra [...]

2302, 2020

Three Days In Brunei

By |February 23rd, 2020|Categories: Advice, Asia, Off The Beaten Path|6 Comments

Three Days In Brunei.  Of South East Asia’s myriad and popular options, Brunei might be the least known country in the region (well, except for East Timor). Brunei is located on the island of Borneo, which it shares with Malaysia and Indonesia. The Sultanate of Brunei was an independent nation for some centuries, whose power waxed and waned. In 1888, Brunei became part of the British Empire and did not gain its independence until a recent 1984.  Yes, there are some affiliates in this post.  Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is an absolute monarch who has been on the throne since 1967. He is the 29th Sultan to rule Brunei, and it is estimated that he is worth over $20 billion. Brunei is ranked fifth in per capita income in the world driving its wealth from am extensive petroleum and natural gas holdings. The Sultan is known for his ostentatious wealth, including a palace with 1,788 rooms and owns 7,000 cars (including 500 Rolls Royces). Take that Jerry Seinfeld. Brunei, known officially as the Nation of Brunei, the Abode [...]

1202, 2020

Slawek Muturi … A Neighbor Of The World

By |February 12th, 2020|Categories: Podcast|0 Comments

 Slawek has traveled to every country in the world, twice. Today, I speak with Slawek Muturi, a truly fascinating and impressive traveler. The more I researched Slawek, the more I was looking forward to our conversation. He is a successful individual, whether it is business or travel. Slawek Muturi Counting Countries. Counting Countries is offering its first group tour to Madagascar in August of 2020. Please reach out to me with any questions on this trip. In addition, if you are planning trips to places like Antarctica, Svalbard, Galapagos, please consider my partner G Adventures and use my link. I am reminding you that Counting Countries is partnered with Patreon. Patreon is a platform that allows patrons, that’s you, to support creators, and that is me creating Counting Countries. And thanks to my other patrons, Steph Rowe, Ted Nims, Bisa Myles, Ryan Gazder, Stephen Rothwell, and Adam Hickman. They get to listen to extra content, only for them. Untamed Borders, the sponsor of Counting Countries, focuses on challenging locations for those chasing 193. Check out their [...]

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