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Counting Countries

82 EpisodesProduced by Ric GazarianWebsite

With a membership of only around 100, it’s one of the most exclusive clubs on Earth. In fact, more people have been to outer space than have earned their way into this, the ultimate travel club. According to the United Nations there are 193 sovereign nations in the world. Welcome to the only podcast… read more

82 Episodes | 2016 - 2020

Rus Margolin … from communist to capitalist

November 29th, 2018


On today’s episode, I welcome Rus Margolin to Counting Countries.  I …

Danay Bustamante … introduces us to the three wise men of Burkina Faso

November 15th, 2018


On today’s episode, I welcome Danay Bustamante to Counting Countries.  I learned about Jenna from previous guest, Henrik Jeppesen, who introduced us via email.  It took Danay and I several months to connect due to …

Jenna Klotz … making friends in Mogadishu

November 1st, 2018

Key Links Counting Countries Apparel --------------------------------------- On today’s episode, I welcome jenna klotz to Counting Countries.  I learned about Jenna from two previous guests; Randy williams traveled …

George Kashouh has summited the highest mountain on six of the seven continents!

February 15th, 2018


George has set two ambitious goals.  First, he wants to summit the tallest mountain on each continent.  Second, he intends to travel to every country in the world.  He has made great progress so far, summiting six of …

Babis Bizas - 193 countries ... and travels 300 days a year for several decades

February 1st, 2018


Babis completed his quest for 193 in 2004, but has not slowed down at all.  

In the late 1970s, Babis backpacked the Hippy Trail which included Pakistan and Afghanistan.  He eventually found his way to Sri Lanka and …

Artemy Lebedev - 193 countries ... and exploring over 1500 cities

January 18th, 2018


Download Episode! Being a lazy workaholic propelled Artemy to become one of the world’s most traveled people Artemy had exploration in his DNA.  As a …

Jonny Blair - 113 countries ... a Northern Irishman in Poland

January 4th, 2018


Jonny loves travel and he has a special interest in micronations. Jonny has met Jonathan I, Emperor of Austenasia and was the first backpacker to visit the nation.  He also visited the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, …

Tony Giles - 110 countries ... and blind and mostly deaf

December 21st, 2017


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Tony has a sense of adventure not rivaled by many.

Tony heard tales of travel from his Dad, a merchant marine.  He also had two opportunities to study in the USA as a student.  Yet, the gift of a …

Special Report - Turmoil In The Travel Community - The William Baekeland Controversy

December 7th, 2017


A number of allegations have been made against William Baekeland by other members of the travel community. These allegations have not been proven in a court of law. Please listen in on this special episode. Photos …

James Asquith - 193 countries ... and Guinness World Record Holder

November 23rd, 2017


Download Episode! James is the current world record holder as the youngest person to travel to every country in the world according to the Guinness …

Pongtharin Tanthasindhu - 113 countries ... and travelling on a Thai passport

November 9th, 2017


Pong has travel in his blood.  He started traveling to nearby Asian countries and Europe with his parents as a kid.  Pong spent a year as a thirteen …

Arvinder Bahal - 178 countries ... and on his way to outer space!

October 26th, 2017


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Arvi is nearly finished in completing his quest to travel to all 193 countries, and has had some amazing experiences on the way. Arvi only has 15 countries left and is hoping to finish this quest in …

Nina Sedano - 193 countries ... and one of the few women to accomplish this goal

October 12th, 2017


Download Episode! Listen to Nina’s inspiring story to learn how an offhand comment by a friend set her on the path of becoming one of the approximately 10 women who have visited every country in the world. Nina grew up …

Ellany Lea - 104 countries ... and living as a digital nomad

September 28th, 2017


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Ella made a drastic decision after graduating university and starting her first corporate job.  She quit on her 89th day.    Despite having a great opportunity in the corporate world, she realized …

Jakob Øster - 178 countries ... and travels with his family to Somalia and Afghanistan!

September 14th, 2017


Download Episode! A family that travels together stays together.  Jakob travels frequently with his girlfriend and two young children.   Jakob travels often with his girlfriend and two young children.  Family …

Maurizio Giuliano - 193 countries ... and in 2004 was the youngest person to travel to every country in the world!

August 31st, 2017


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Maurizio was a travel outlier at a young age.  Riding the rails in Europe independently as a 13 year old.   At 17, he left Italy …

Fabio Cao - 180 countries ... and counting!

August 17th, 2017


Download Episode! Fabio is closing in on his goal of 193 countries as he narrows down the list! Fabio was born in Milan and spread his wings as a model as he travelled to Miami and then moved to East and Southeast Asia …

Drew Binsky - 110 countries ...  Guinness World Record Holder!

August 3rd, 2017


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Drew is 26 and has already been to 110 countries and holds two Guinness World Records.   As a ten year old, Drew spun a globe in …

Randy Williams - 86 countries ... and counting!

July 20th, 2017


Download Episode! Randy is a well-known radio personality who happens to be on a quest to travel to every country in the world. Randy became intrigued with travel while listening to his Spanish teacher’s travel …

Eric Nguyen - 193 countries ... at the age of 24!

July 6th, 2017


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At the age of 24, Eric visited his last UN country beating Guinness World Record Holder, James Asquith.  

Eric grew up in northern …

Dustin Pfundheller - 193 countries ...  at the age of 30 with the help of Tinder!

June 22nd, 2017


Dustin balanced his career as a dentist while completing all 193 UN countries and then some. Dustin grew up in small town America yet ended up living in Singapore working as a dentist.  Despite a childhood of limited …

Thomas Brackmann - 155 countries ... and planning on finishing in 2 years!

June 8th, 2017


Download Episode! Thomas grew up behind the Iron Curtain, joined the military to travel, and now lives in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.   Thomas was raised in in East Germany in modest circumstances, with virtually no …

Thanos Koukoutsakis  - 146 countries ... with a doctorate in physics!

May 11th, 2017

Thanos is on a quest to visit every country in the world and has already visited 146 UN countries.  

Thanos initial focus in life was education and business, not travel.  In fact, one of his first overseas trips was a …

Audrey Walsworth - 193 countries ...  and 324/325 on the TCC List!

April 27th, 2017


Download Episode! Audrey is a member of an elite club of female travelers who have traveled to all 193 UN countries.   I thought it was important to have a member of this club to speak on the podcast in regard to …

Gary Arndt - 119 countries ... and over 300 UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

April 13th, 2017


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Gary sold his house and all of his belongings in 2007 and began his life of travel.  

Gary over his 10 years of travel has …

Lee Abbamonte - 193 countries ... and the North and South Pole!

March 30th, 2017


Download Episode! Lee has led an incredible life, traveling to all 193 countries and being the youngest American to accomplish this feat at that …

João Paulo Peixoto - 193 countries ... and wedding ceremonies in 8 different countries!

March 16th, 2017


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João is a quintuple threat. He is a professor, an entrepreneur, a father of seven, a romantic, and a believer in all of the …

Sepp Kaiser - 190 countries ... on a single 10 year trip!

March 2nd, 2017


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Sepp left his family farm in Austria in 1985, and he did not see his family until 1995, when he returned after visiting every country in the world.   Sepp is a vagabond at heart as he traveled the …

Dave Levart - 140 countries ... and has visited over 850 wineries in Napa Valley!

February 16th, 2017


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Dave’s travel and life has morphed into one collective.  He began his travel career after graduation with the start of his travel …

David Langan - 176 countries ... and counting!

February 2nd, 2017


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David is traveling to every country and sending home a postcard!

David has a passion for stamps and postcards.  The first has helped him finance some of his travels while he has sent a postcard home …

Lawrence Williams - 152 countries ...  and spreading his Uncle’s ashes in every country!

January 20th, 2017


Download Episode! Lawrence is on a quest to travel to every country in the world while honoring his uncle, by spreading his ashes in every country.   Uncle James was a free spirit and travel pioneer who inspired …

Don Parrish - 193 countries ... and is the most traveled person on MTP!

January 3rd, 2017


Download Episode! Don has traveled to 851 places of the 875 places listed on the Most Traveled People list.  He is number one on the list, making him the most traveled person using this benchmark.     Don has been …

Rick Shaver - 81 countries ... and counting!

December 13th, 2016


Download Episode! Rick has managed to travel the world while raising a family heading an international marketing firm! Rick was inspired to travel by his globe-trotting grandmother and a visit to the World Expo as a …

Lillie Echevarria - 105 countries ... and counting!

November 29th, 2016


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An intrepid traveller who has travelled to over 100 countries and has a special place in her heart for the continent of Africa.  

Lillie is a Peruvian native who arrived in the US as an exchange …

Stefan Krasowski - 186 countries... and counting!

November 15th, 2016


Stefan has been able to strike a great balance between life and travel.  Stefan has a full time job and is married, yet still has managed to travel …

Sal Lavallo - 151 countries ...  and only 26!

November 1st, 2016


Download Episode! Sal has travel in his blood.  He was born to an Italian father and German mother who began a quest to visit every state in the US …

Savannah Grace - 107 countries ...  and left to travel the world as a 14 year old!

October 18th, 2016


Download Episode! Savannah left a comfortable life in Vancouver as a young teenager to backpack the world with her family and at 18 years of age had …

Michael Runkel - 176 countries ... and counting!

September 27th, 2016


Download Episode! Michael Runkel has traveled the world as a professional photographer taking over one million photos, including over 600 UNESCO World Heritage sites!   Michael has traveled to 176 countries and on his …

Anna Zavialova - 92 countries ... and counting!

September 20th, 2016


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Anna is on a quest to travel to every country in the world.  Anna is an adventurous, solo female traveler who couchsurfed on her …

Anthony William - 38 countries ... accomplished in a wheelchair!

September 13th, 2016


Download Episode! Anthony is on a quest to visit all 193 countries in the world.  And he plans to accomplish this goal as the first person in a wheelchair.    Anthony is an incredibly impressive individual who has not …

William Baekeland - 154 countries ... and is traveling to another list of 12,000 places!

September 6th, 2016


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At the young age of only 23, William has made his way to over three quarters of the world’s countries! William began traveling at a young age with his family, including a 6 week cruise from the UK …

Mario Hardy - 82 countries ... and counting!

August 30th, 2016


Download Episode! A true global citizen who was inspired to country count after an impulsive wager with a friend. Mario has lived on 3 continents in …

Thor Pedersen - 132 countries and no airplane flights!

August 23rd, 2016


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On an improbable quest to visit every country in the world without ever taking a single flight.   Thor is on a multi-year journey …

Johnny Ward - 190 countries ... and only 3 more to go!

August 16th, 2016


Download Episode! Johnny has been collecting amazing travel experiences as he travels to every country in the world.   Johnny started his travel …

Markus Lundgren - 193 countries … and then some!

August 9th, 2016


Download Episode! Markus is a Swedish diplomat who has traveled to every country in the world and now is focussing on the Travelers’ Century Club which divides the world into 325 places. Markus has been posted to …

April Peregrino - 84 countries … and closing in on 100!

August 2nd, 2016


April is approaching her century mark and is on a quest to travel to every country in the world! April is the first Filipino female to travel to all seven continents in one calendar year.  She is also on a mission to …

Henrik Jeppesen - 193 countries … at age 27!

July 26th, 2016


Download Episode! Henrik Jeppesen completed his quest of traveling to every country in the world at the age of 27.  Henrik was laser focused on completing his goal at all cost. Henrik has traveled to all 193 countries …

Anthony Asael - 193 countries … and taught children in every country!

July 18th, 2016


Download Episode! Anthony accomplished the amazing goal of traveling to every country in the world, but even more impressive, he taught children in all 193 countries of the world.   Anthony through his foundation, Art …

Erick Prince - 88 countries … and on his way to 198!

July 11th, 2016


Download Episode! Erick Prince overcame challenges as a youth and changed his life perspective through global travel. Erick Prince is on a mission to become the first African-American to visit every country in the …

Gunnar Garfors - 193 countries ... And World Record Holder!

June 27th, 2016


Download Episode! Gunnar Garfors is the youngest hobby traveler who has traveled to all 193 countries while still being employed full time. Besides …

Samu Viljanen - 193 countries!

June 17th, 2016


Download Episode! Samu before the age of 40 had traveled to all 193 countries on earth.  And in one fell swoop, traveled to all 53 countries in Africa. Samu is one of seven Finns who have traveled to every country in …

Mike Spencer Bown - 193 countries

June 13th, 2016


Mike Spencer Bown - 193 countries

Mike is a true traveler and explorer, who over a twenty plus year time period has traveled to every country in the world.

Mike shared with me some incredible travel tales, including a …

Harry Mitsidis - 193 countries… and repeating!

June 6th, 2016


Harry Mitsidis has been travelling “competitively” since 2000. This half-Greek and half-British 44 year old was born in London and is the founder of

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