Renee Bruns has traveled to 117 countries

Renee started appearing in my IG feed over the last year.  And like many of my virtual friends, I tracked her travels to the far flung corners of the globe.  But what caught my attention is that Renee is Chasing 193 in a wheelchair.  She has the same quest and goal as myself but is accomplishing this feat in her wheelchair.  I thought her quest deserved greater attention. 

This is a reminder that I am partnering with SafetyWing, a travel insurance company.  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 before you leave on your trip.  Second, you only have to share your initial country on your trip.  Many of my trips are open-ended when it comes to the agenda.  I don’t have to worry about forgetting to update SafetyWing.  They’ve got me covered.  Third, most countries are covered.  Exceptions are Cuba, Iran, DPRK, Syria, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.  Everywhere from Mogadishu to Tripoli is covered.  And fourth, you do not have to declare a dollar value for the trip.  Many providers force you specify the cost of your trip.  Most times I have no idea how much my trip will cost.  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.  


I would like to thank everyone for their support of Counting Countries, especially my Patrons: Carole Southam, Sunir Joshi, Philippe Izedian, Gin Liutkeviciute, Phillip Jones, Simen Flotvik Mathisen, Ted Nims, Bisa Myles, Thor Pedersen, Adam Hickman, Katelyn Jarvis, Ed Hotchkiss, and Barry Hoffner for supporting this podcast. They help pay for the production of this podcast.  You can support this podcast by going to  My patrons hear extra content with Renee that you will not hear. 

A shout out to Adam Hickman, patron and former guest who is only 13 away from completing the goal.  And another shoutout to long time patron, Bisa Myles, who could be seen recently on the Camino de Santiago, you can check her out on IG at MylesToTravel.  I would also like to highlight Gin Liutkeviciute, a new patron, originally from Lithuania but now living in Norway.  She is a passionate traveler but right now is focussed on her career and her daughter. 

You can also support Counting Countries by writing a review or sharing this podcast with a travel lover. 

I was in Bangkok for this recording while Renee was in Ohio.  Please listen in and enjoy.   

Thank you to my Patrons …. Barry Hoffner, Ed Hotchkiss, Katelyn Jarvis, Carole Southam, Phillip Jones, Thor Pedersen, Simen Flotvik Mathisen, Adam Hickman, Bisa Myles, Ted Nims, Sunir Joshi, Gintaute Liutkeviciute, Philippe Izedian & Dale Wursten.  

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  •       Where were you born – Ohio, USA
  •       What passport (s) do you hold – USA
  •       Favorite travel book – Four Corners: A Journey Into the Heart of Papua New Guinea
  •       Favorite travel film – Wild
  •       Favorite travel app or website – It seems cliché but I love the connections I’ve made through Instagram and find the connections the most helpful to find resources and share experiences.
  •       Must carry item when traveling (like flashlight, Kindle, deck of cards etc.) – iPhone
  •       Favorite food – fried rice from a street vendor in Southeast Asia
  •       Favorite drink – water, but I also love a cold beer on a hot day in the sun
  •       Favorite airline – Delta
  •       Favorite hotel – Marriott (but I love little guesthouses in different countries of the world)
  •       NomadMania
  •       Renee Bruns
  •       Instagram
  •       Facebook

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

About GlobalGaz

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.  

Ric is also on his own quest to visit every country in the world. You can see where he has traveled so far and keep up with his journey at

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