Taylor is on track to break three Guinness World Records in October of 2018
Taylor is 23 years old and is from Alabama. She is on track to become the youngest person in the world to travel to every country in the world as well as the fastest. The current record holder for the youngest is James Asquith who has been on Counting Countries and for the fastest, it is Cassie De Pecol.
Taylor responds to the criticism that has been directed at her from the world of social media. Some question her quest, wondering if she has truly visited some of these countries as she has traveled so quickly.
Taylor spent an impactful semester studying in London while in university. During her semester she visited an additional 20 countries. She is also inspired by her 91 year old grandmother who is still an active traveler, who just recently visited Egypt.
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More about Taylor:
- Born in: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
- Passports from: 2 US Passports
- Favorite travel book: Eat Pray Love, I guess? I don’t tend to read a ton of travel books.
- Favorite travel film: Honestly? The Lizzie McGuire Movie or The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Those both probably sound so trivial or childish but from a young age they really inspired me to want to get to Europe and see the places in those movies. And, I am happy to say, I have now been to Rome (multiple times) and finally made it to Greece! I think it was so influential at a young age to be able to see to see other young women traveling around the world.
- Must carry: My retainer and a small stuffed animal (named Bun Bun). Also, definitely need my phone.
- Favorite app: Google flights for planning. Google sheets for organization.
- Favorite food: Pizza. Or anything involving cheese really.
- Favorite drink: Sprite, but I try to drink as much water as possible while traveling.
- Favorite airline: Norwegian! I love their cheap flights linking the US and Europe. Definitely my favorite low cost carrier. As far as the big name airlines go I would say American Airlines because two of my grandparents worked for and retired from American.
- Favorite hotel: East Winds in Saint Lucia! It was one of the first stops on my trip and it will be very hard to ever beat. It was so beautiful and I have never been so pampered in my life.
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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 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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