Wednesday, September 30, 2015

So You Thought USA Has Many Million-Cities?

One of the million-cities in the US. 
Dream on. Many countries have more cities with over one million inhabitants than the US of A. The second biggest country of North America only to guess?

Saturday, September 26, 2015

How to Visit 22 States in 24 Hours

22 states in 24 hours - from Maine to Illinois - had to be celebrated.  
It may not be your ideal Sunday, but what do you not do to break a travel world record? Together with my friends Øystein Djupvik and Tay-young Pak I decided to try to visit more US states in 24 hours than anyone else before us. And we managed.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Follow Our World Record Attempt

We hope that this car will help Tay-young Pak, Øystein Djupvik and myself towards the record.
You actually want to follow us trying to visit 20 US states in 24 hours? Which is coincidentally probably the fastest book promotional tour in the world. I then recommend you to visit our official site.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

20 States in 24 Hours

Whatever it is, we were never cured. Tay-young Pak, Øystein Djupvik and I are at it again.

Well, that is at least what we aim for when we buckle up for yet another World Record attempt in the US of A.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Saturday, August 22, 2015

One Photo From Each Country - #picture198countries

Country 13 of 198: Which country? #picture198countries

For the next 7 months or so I will post a photo from a new country every day. To be the first to see them, please follow me on Instagram (where I am @Garfors). I will not tell you which country they are from, that is up to you to guess, sometimes a little hint will be added. And please feel free to share your own photos from that particular country too, using #picture198countries. I would love to see many more shots than the 198 I will contribute with.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

My Top Travel Tips

Yes, you should visit The Comoros too.
The last two weeks have been rather manic. I have amazingly enough received literally hundreds of calls, emails, and messages from media on every continent, except Antarctica. Most of them want to hear about my book, usually with some travel tips thrown in.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Who Wrote the Best Tweet, Ever?

Well, at least I think this is the best Tweet of all times. No wonder, really, if you know who Barrack Obama, Bill Gates and Cristiano Ronaldo are. Then again, who would envy their high-profiled, assumingly semi-stressful (although decently paid) positions when you can rather travel the world and soak up experiences, tastes, feelings and atmospheres? I had to find out who was behind this Tweet.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Destroy This Pristine Tourist Attraction?

The pristine Førde Fjord as seen from the mountain they want to demolish and dump in the fjord.
The Norwegian government has authorized the disposal of 300 million tons of mining waste in the pristine and virtually untouched Førde Fjord. It is among the fjords that twice have been voted the best preserved attraction on UNESCO’s World Heritage List by National Geographic. The Førde Fjord is also one of the best breeding grounds for fish on the West Coast and two of the country's finest salmon rivers flow into the fjord. Please help us stop this madness, through your support to a marketing campaign for political parties opposing the plans. The election is September 14.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

The Country Challenge is On - Are You In?

On Hebbelille, my brother's boat outside Florø, Norway. Photo: Øystein Garfors.
That I have travelled to every country in the world and written a book about it was recently featured by Business Insider, Daily Mail, The LAD bible and a range of other media around the world. The first of those articles has racked up 5 million hits alone; people are clearly interested, intrigued or disgusted. It is time for a little country run - join the #CountryChallenge!

Thursday, August 06, 2015

How to Increase Your Country Collection Fast

I travelled to 19 countries in 24 hours with my mates Tay-young Pak and Øystein Djupvik.

I have been to all 198 countries in less than 10 years, while maintaining a full-time job throughout - and managing to write a book about the mad and often outrageous experiences. In Norway that means 5 weeks of holiday annually plus around 2 weeks worth of national holidays. So, how in the world is it possible to visit every country in such a relatively short amount of time?

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

La oss ta Førdefjorden attende

Førdefjorden sett frå Engebø. Best utan 300 tonn gruvestøv og tilsette kjemikaliar.

Den norske regjeringa har sagt ja til at 300 millionar tonn med gruveavfall kan dumpast rett i Førdefjorden, tilsett diverse kjemikaliar. Vi snakkar om ein nasjonal laksefjord som går langs bygder, byar og fantastiske naturområde. Hjelp oss å støtte marknadsføring til fordel for politiske parti som kan stoppe dette om dei vert valde inn på kommunestyret i haust.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Why you should visit the world’s poorest country

There are over 10,000 animals in this photograph from Nkhotakota Game Reserve.

This country might be more known for hunger, floods, corruption and poverty than tourism. But go, and you will be rewarded by beautiful beaches, safaris, natural attractions and friendly locals. And I guarantee you won't meet your neighbour.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The World's Poorest Countries

Poor in money, rich in wildlife.

Have you ever been to a truly poor country? I am not going to try to define what is a "truly" poor one, but there are 26 countries with less than one thousand USD in gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. How many of them do you think are in Africa?

The World's Richest Countries

The richest country in the world is rich on scenery too.

The world's richest countries are much more geographically spread out than the poorest, yet there are no African or South American countries on the World Bank's list. It measures GDP (gross domestic product) in USD per capita divided by the population (midyear). The figures are for 2010-2014.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

My Book "198" for Sale in English Too

The English version contains pretty much the same as the Norwegian one,
but it is much more handy and travel friendly. And less than half the price.

It took less than 10 months from the Norwegian version of "198" (about my travels to every country) was released in Norway by Det Norske Samlaget until it came out in English too. What was a rather expensive book to research is finally available to buy, even to non-Vikings.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The 25 Least Visited Countries in the Whole Wide World

Yes, that's it. The world's least visited country. I once ran around it.

I first wrote about the world's 25 least visited countries in 2013, and the post has has been read almost a million times, in addition to have been translated to several languages, republished in many countries, rewritten and plagerised. Two years have passed, and it is time for an update of what I consider the ultimate traveller's bucket list. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

I moved 500K to save this fjord

The Førde Fjord (Førdefjorden), which may be reduced to a toxic waste dump. 

The Norwegian government has authorized the dumping of 300 million tons of toxic waste in the fjord I grew up next to. This madness has been covered internationally by The Guardian, The Telegraph, The BBC and others. Luckily it turns out that the local 21 person strong village council can challenge the government’s controversial decision, and I have moved back home, after 15 years in Oslo, to give my vote to political parties that oppose this severe crime against nature.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Eg flyttar for Førdefjorden - gjer du?

Faksimile frå Firda

Det er ikkje så lenge sidan Inger Fure Grøtting og co. oppretta ein underskriftskampanje for unge sunnfjordingar som ser heile Nordic Mining sitt såkalla rutileventyr som eit slag i trynet og som meiner dette gjer at det er mindre sannsynleg at dei vil flytte heimatt til Sunnfjord.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Media: World's first FM switch-off confirmed for 2017

Thorhild Widvey, Norwegian Minister of Culture, has confirmed that
FM switch-off will happen in 2017. (Photo: Ilja C. Hendel)

And it is official. Norway will switch off FM in 2017, as the first country in the world. The government, represented by the Minister of Culture, announced today. The replacement? Digital Audio Broadcasting, usually referred to as DAB+.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Skiers paradise - in the Iranian desert

Some traditionally dressed Iranian women take the ski lifts all the way to the top to admire the view.
Then return the same way. At least they don't have to worry about putting on sun protection cream.  

It is quite rare to see Bedouins come to Northern Europe looking for patches of sand to explore. Just about as rare as seeing Norwegians travelling to the Middle East to go skiing. But amazing conditions in Iranian mountains ought to change that.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Is it safe to fly?

The tower at Jeju Airport, South Korea.

The question following any plane crash, especially in the so called industrialized or western world where flying "should be safe", does however usually come out as quite the opposite.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

10 reasons why guide books are bad for you

Not my favourite kind of book shop. 

Travel guide books. I hate them. I hate them like garden owners hate smelly little apple stealing brats. Guide books reduce your creativity and destroys impulsiveness.  A lot of people use guide books to plan their holidays to death. All I know is that any such plans must, shall and have to be changed. So why make them in the first place?

Monday, January 12, 2015

How to travel to Antarctica

Tuxedo chasing penguin on King Georg Island. All photos Creative Commons licensed: Gunnar Garfors.  

Name a continent. All of them have a human history going back thousands and thousands of years. Except for the only uninhabited one. Antarctica was first discovered around 1820, and the South Pole wasn't visited until December 14, 1911 when my fellow countryman Roald Amundsen skied in and narrowly beat British Robert Falcon Scott to it. Antarctica is still rather hard and costly to visit.