Saturday, August 20, 2016

We Visited All England's 48 Counties in 24 Hours

Why not celebrate in the last, and best county? Øystein Djupvik (from left, Øystein Garfors and Gunnar Garfors.
(Disclaimer: Gunnar studied in Kernow (Cornwall) and may be slightly biased.)
Norwegians are known for invading the UK. Or dying while trying. Four Norwegians took aim at visiting all 48 counties in 24 hours. The mission was completed Saturday August 20 at 17:24 London time after 23 hours and 34 minutes of non-stop action.

Monday, August 15, 2016

RecordRun 5: Track Our World Record Attempt

Andreas Munkelien (from left), Gunnar Garfors, Øystein Djupvik and Øystein Garfors
are just about ready to attempt a travel world record. We started in Cumbria. 

Summer is almost over, and it is time to yet again go all-in and try for another travel related world-record this weekend. This year, RecordRun goes to the UK. How many English counties can the four Vikings visit in 24 hours? You can now follow our GPS tracks on the embedded map LIVE.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Where Do You Think You're From?


Where are you from, exactly? Or your ancestors, rather. Most people will assume that they are practically 100% Norwegian, Rwandan or Czech. Likelihood is that you are wrong. As I just discovered.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

World's Best Countries 2016

I bet this is another place you would like to visit. I proudly present Samoa in the Pacific Ocean.
I am asked about my favourite country 10 to 20 times every week. And yet, I am unable to give a good answer. First of all, there are way too many indescribably amazing countries out there to pick only one. I could certainly mention top ten, but that would inevitably call for an 11th country, a 12th and so on. Most people who ask about my favourite country also do so for a very selfish reason; They want a recommendation.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

So You Are a Traveller, Hey?

Umbrellas are rarely used against rain in Senegal.
Some people often on the road hate to be called tourists. "No, I am a traveller" is a typical response. First of all, what is up with the need of being part of a particular category? And does it really matter what other people call you? I would still like to know what you see yourself as. I hope that you are happy to contribute.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The World's Most International Airports

One particular airport is much more international than any other. 
What is the best airport to live nearby if you want to use a hub strategy to travel as many countries as possible? In other words, from which airport can you fly to most countries by scheduled passenger aircraft? It may not be the one that you think.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Greenland - Country Number 199?

Colourful Nuuk, colourful Greenland. 
I recently visited Greenland, the world's largest island, and had a smashing great time! It is quite hard not to. But it is not an independent country, at least not yet. That is set to change in 2-3 years, according to people I spoke with. If they are right, it will make Greenland country number 199, and set up the race rather nicely for number 200.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Cities with the Most Airports in the World

Avoid this airplane if you hate Hello Kitty. There are 130 Hello Kitty products on board. 
How many airports does your city have? Not as many as the top city on the list. Unless that, by coincicdence, is where you live. And even if you do, I bet you won't guess how many airports it has.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spell Your Name with the World

There is no coincidence that this photo is from Ghana.
What do you mean you don't have enough time or money to travel? No one ever does. Not enough. Luckily there are ways to virtually travel at the speed of light while waiting for the next real trip. Spell your name geographically.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

How Many People Have Visited Every Country?

Kangerlussuaq in Greenland is a tiny village, but has an international airport.

I am often asked about how many other people that have visited every country. Nobody knows the exact answer, but TheBestTravelled.com website has a pretty good overview.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Beirut - The Nightlife Mecca of the Middle East

Who needs fireworks when you have AK-47s with tracers?


The Middle East isn't usually what comes to mind first when it comes to nightlife. For obvious reasons. But there is usually an exception that proves the rule. It is called Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. I decided to celebrate last New Year's eve here.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Dangerous Destinations:
92% of the Most Lethal Cities Are in the Americas

Equatorial Guinea isn't even on the list. 9 of 10 countries represented are from the Americas.

All but four of the world's 50 most dangerous cities are in North and South America, judging by homicides per capita. What does this say about the wild west? Too many guns, too much drugs, too many powerful gangs and too weak governments, perhaps? 

Saturday, January 09, 2016

A Tribute to Cannonball Run 2

Tay-young Pak, driver Øystein Djupvik and myself.

Two friends of mine and I recently visted 22 US states in 24 hours - a world record. It took a little bit of low flying as well as some high flying, and inspired us to make a little bit of a tribute to Cannonball Run 2, and its intro in particular. Watch them both.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

One Photo From Every Country #picture198countries

Me, on international territory, in Antarctica.

I visited every country in the world, and picked one photo from each and every one of them. 198 photos, in other words. You can see them all here, listed alphabetically per continent.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Art of Travelling

In Antarctica. Photo: Lia Miternique.
I don’t like being called a travel expert, despite having visited every country on Earth, all 198 of them. Because travelling is something personal, something that is experienced from within. It will help define you and your understanding of the world and I can never teach you how you should travel. But I can tell you why I find it a purely magical thing.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Why Terrorism Should Not Stop You From Travelling

Don't let terrorists deprive you from the magic of travelling. This sunset is from Marshall Islands.

Bookings are down in cities damaged by terrorist attacks. Naturally so, at first thought. But let not terrorists stop us from roaming this world, seeking experiences and learning to know, understand and appreciate other cultures.    

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The 6 Cs of Travel

Autumn in Norway.
Travelling should be vastly underestimated by anyone who hasn't properly done it. No? My bet is then that you didn't go far enough, that you went too far or maybe you were unlucky, had a bad experience and decided never to give it another go. Or perhaps, just perhaps travelling just isn't your cup of tea.

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 has...care 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

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Tracking Code

To embed the Greenalp map on your website and follow our world-record attempt, please use the following code:

<iframe height="480" src="http://www.greenalp.com/realtimetracker/index.php?viewuser=garfors&amp;fs=1&amp;tracksplitdistance=15000&amp;startdate=201608181200&amp;enddate=201608212359&amp;tracksplitdistance=12000" width="640"></iframe>

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Photos From Each Country


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.