On an improbable quest to visit every country in the world without ever taking a single flight.
Thor is on a multi-year journey to visit every country in the world without ever taking a single airplane flight. Thor has overcome malaria, corrupt Central African border officials, and incredible logistical challenges. He is a representative of the Danish Red Cross and has been rewarded with serendipitous encounters with people throughout the world.
More about Thor Pedersen:
- Born in: The Kingdom of Denmark, in the high north of Europe
- Passports from: Denmark
- Favorite travel book: GRUK – about travel, by Piet Hein
- Favorite travel film: Into The Wild
- Favorite travel site: Google Maps
- Must carry: Pen, scarf, passport, smartphone, credit card
- Favorite food: A good pasta dish or: fresh fish and manioc near the sea in Central Africa (eaten with my hands and not with cutlery)
- Favorite drink: Milk (from Denmark)
- Favorite Airline: Haven’t flown for years. Figure they are all the same more or less?
- Favorite Hotel: I’ve been thinking hard. I’m not sure I have one? But Best Western Plus: Lusaka Grand Hotel in Zambia if you push me. I had free accommodation and the staff was great! 🙂 I like a few lodges and hostels…hotels haven’t been a big part of this journey.
- Website: www.onceuponasaga.dk/
- Facebook: Once–Upon-a-Saga-320287321444752/
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/onceuponasaga/
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 225 countries and territories.
- The Century Club states that there are 325 sovereign nations, territories, enclaves, and islands.
- The Most Traveled Person states that there are 875 unique parts of the world.
- The Best Traveled states that there are 1281 unique 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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