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 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 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.