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 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

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.

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 racked up 8 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.