I recently heard a radio program about the most traveled person in the world. He’s an American named Charles Veley and he’s visited 822 places. He’s only got 50 more to go. He documents his experience on the website aptly called Most Traveled People.
Of course, I immediately went to the website to see how I ranked. They have a whole method for figuring out what “counts” as a destination as far as regions, countries, and islands go.
But then it occurred to me that traveling isn’t about racking up a list of places as fast as I can. I mean, I crossed the border to Brazil at Iguazu Falls, Argentina but that hardly counts as traveling to Brazil, does it? Sadly, for some people it does!
As much as I’m turned on by the idea of seeing every country before I leave this world, (what an amazing human experience that would be!) I’d rather take my time and get to know a place intimately. You know?
In fact, I stopped counting countries a while back. And I’m getting more picky. While I love Western Europe, I’m not likely to seek it out even though I haven’t seen it all. I’d rather go to India or Russia or some totally unfamiliar place to me.
In any case, if I leave this world sooner than later, these are the spots on earth that left the greatest impressions on me: Namibia, Zanzibar, Turkey, Alaska, and Mexico.
Okay, so I did count countries after all. My number is 32.
What’s yours and which countries have had the strongest impact on you?