Saturday, March 15, 2014

5:1 Trip Approved by Guinness World Records

June 19, 2012 in Caracas. The day after setting the Guinness World Record. 

On June 18, 2012 I travelled to five continents in one day together with Adrian Butterworth from the UK. We had the honour of visiting Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America, all in the same day.

A world record.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Retailers Should Stop Selling FM Radios

FM radios on offer in Moroni in Comores. They do however not have DAB signals in the air.

Norway will switch off FM as the first country in the world in January 2017. Digital Radio Norway is a non-profit organization that provides information about the shift in technology. It also deals with marketing of digital radio and consumer law considerations.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Deliriousness Of Impulsive Travel (DOIT!)

Why fly if you can cargo ship it? En route São Tomé og Príncipe. 

What do you mean you are not impulsive, adventurous, restless or hyperactive? Well, bloody do something about it. Why? Because it is the only real way to travel.

I'll give you a few tips. Inspirational ones. I hope.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The World's Shortest Scheduled Flight

The Britten Norman Islander is landing on Westray after two minutes in the air. Papa Westray is in the background.
Photo: Wallace Shackleton (©).

Forget in-flight movies, magazines, on-board internet, meals or drinks to help pass time in the air. There simply isn't time for any of the options above on the world's shortest scheduled flight. Two minutes in the air is as close as anyone will get to real island "hopping."

Friday, February 14, 2014


Freetown-Lungi International Airport, Sierra Leone. Aka. FNA. How can you add that in a sentence? 

Why do you pick just that particular travel destination? Sometimes there may only be one reason to go to a specific airport or to travel between several; The airport codes. I have looked at some of the best three letter abbreviations. And combinations thereof.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Book Finished, Sort Of

The draft version of my book, printed out. I hate proof reading!

My deadline was February 5, and I managed to meet it with 7 hours to spare. The end result consists of stories from my travels all 198 countries of the world, categorized in 21 themes such as food, drinking, the -stan countries, island hopping, love (?) and troubles.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Abkhazia, a Must-Visit During/After Sochi Olympics

This boat has seen better days. A nice playground, though. On the seafront of Sukhumi, Abkhazia. 

The Olympic winter games will soon come to Sochi in Russia and thousands and thousands of people will be visiting. But the trip doesn't need to be only about winter sports. Why not combine your sports trip with a visit to break-our republic Abkhazia, only 140 kilometers away? Not heard about it?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Smokers' Paradise

Guaranteed double happiness from this Chinese cigarette brand?

Where should you go to find inspiration, to, say smoke? Presumably to the country where they finish more cigarettes than in any other.

But where would that be? 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Brazilians Get 4 Weeks Extra World Cup Holiday

Fuleco, aka. Tatu Bola is the official World Cup mascot. He will not get any holiday during FIFA 2014. 

So, it is official. Brazil has gone mad.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

So You Think You Can Drink?

In Turkmenistan you drink vodka. Some more than others. 

How much alcohol do you drink? Not much compared to those who consume the most. Or can you match 18.22 liters of pure alcohol a year? I didn't think so.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Where to Write My Book?

Should I go back to India?
I am currently writing the book about my travels to every country in the world. To write such a book in my flat in Oslo would totally collide with the content. So I won't. But where should I go?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Media: "LTE Broadcast" - The Next
Hyped Broadcasting Challenger

Broadcasting in Norway. 

What is seemingly the best reason to delay a decisions? By refering to something better, often a technology, that is in the process of being developed. Or at least, in the process of being planned.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Media: Would You Pay 115 Euro Per Year for Radio?

Stockholm by night. CC licensed photo by linkahwai

Sweden is one of the countries that is now planning for an FM switch-off. Because FM is way passed its due date. But also because the internet cannot and will not deliver radio to everyone.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Travel Hard, Pack Light

My entire luggage for a week long trip, all in my backpack. At Lisbon airport. Photo: Asbjørn Havnen. 

I never travel with anything but hand luggage, as long as I can help it. And I most often can, even when going away for a week. Or fifteen. Let me just add that I don't usually smell, either. Not much, anyway.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Travellers Kiss Better

A Boston kiss. Photo by Michael Philip Manheim

I was recently interviewed by an up and coming magazine due early 2014. The magazine, There She Goes, targets young women. It is on travel and fashion. I clearly was not interviewed for the latter. I'm more often suspected of conspiracies against it.

Monday, September 09, 2013

'By Train, by Plane or on Horse;
Travel the World With Gunnar Garfors'

Making a documentary in Casablanca, Morocco. Photo: Adelia TV.

Well, the radio jingle isn't quite like that, it is in Norwegian with a similar Shakesperean level of rhyme (of which I can neither take no credit nor accept any blame).

Friday, August 23, 2013

Media: Broadcasting 7 Times Greener Than Streaming

Broadcasted radio consumes much less power than streamed radio.

Sometimes even a non-scientist like me feel like doing some experimentation. To find out how long a mobile phone battery will last if I want to listen to the radio via streaming vs. via broadcasting.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Longest Borders to Patrol in the World

China wins yet another competition. 

There are 198 countries in the world. 40 of them have no land borders to other countries, although both Singapore and Bahrain are connected to their neighbour via a road bridge or two.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Truly International Airports
Sprawling More Than One Country

Geneva in the background, France on this side of the runway. Creative commons licensed photo by Dr. Bernd Gross.
How to make people even more confused about international air travel? And to create additional nightmares for border control guards, while you are at it? 

Thursday, August 08, 2013

The World's 10 Busiest Air Routes

Creative Commons licensed photo by 螺钉.
What are the ten busiest air routes in the world? Place your bets.

The Two Double Landlocked Countries

Utilising local transport in one of the only two landlocked countries in the world. 
There are some claims to fame that are more unusual than others. And we all know that something unusual or unique inevitably ends up on bucket lists around the world.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Hand Luggage Only

None of that luggage is mine. I travel light, even to Tuvalu. The code of their only international airport is FUN. 

My suitcase is smaller than yours! Although it is quite often not even a suitcase but a backpack. In travel, size does matter. The smaller, the better.