Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Gunnar Garfors Biography

In 2012 he visited 5 countries on 5 continents in just one day, a Guinness World Record. In 2013 he completed visiting every country in the world, as the youngest hobby traveller ever. And in 2014 he visited 19 countries in just one day, another world record. Gunnar Garfors is President of an international radio and TV organization, Advisor on distribution matters for Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and he has recently published "198", a book on his travels to every country. Garfors also writes on travel for various publications internationally. Who is the Norwegian with all that energy? A short answer to the question follows below. But there is more. 


Professional

Gunnar Garfors is President of International DMB Advancement Group (IDAG), a digital radio and mobile TV organization with members on 4 continents. He also advises on distribution for Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and often presents or debates at conferences around the world. On Twitter: @garfors


Travelling wise

Gunnar Garfors travels hard. He discovered travelling through family holidays and a train ride through many countries in Europe at age 17. He has visited all the world's 198 countries (193 UN members, the Vatican, Kosovo, Palestine, Western Sahara, Taiwan). He completed visiting them all on May 8, 2013, becoming the youngest hobby traveller to have been to all countries of the worldHe also set a world record by visiting 5 continents in 1 day on June 18, 2012 using only scheduled transport. Adelia Television is making a documentary about it. Garfors writes a column for Japan's biggest newspaper Mainichi. His writings are occasionally published by Business Insider. Gunnar Garfors also makes and presents a travel competition on the Nitimen show on Norway's biggest radio station NRK P1 with a 55% market share thrice weekly.   

The last 'new' countries he visited were Tonga, Fiji, Tuvalu, Kiribati and finally Cape Verde. 

None are remaining, but he has no intention of stopping to travel to take up gardening or card games. His impulsiveness wouldn't allow it. 


Other

Garfors is born in Hammerfest on May 29, 1975. It was snowing when he first opened his eyes in the world's northernmost city. His parents are Mr. Reidar Garfors, a retired medical doctor and Ms. Ruth Berit Stensletten Garfors, a teacher. He has three brothers, three sisters and a half sister. He grew up in Havøysund, Dublin, Førde and Naustdal. Plus one year as an exchange student in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. He now lives in Oslo but has also lived in Copenhagen, Falmouth and Taipei. 

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In the press

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  2. Thanks for writing this. It was interesting. You seem very knowledgeable in your field.
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  3. I just read your article on Business Insider "How to Book Cheap Plane Tickets". That was great information. I have to fly to Spain from the US. I learned the hard way to avoid major airports.

    Would you recommend making car rentals from the US? The last time I did it there at the airport I ended up paying hundreds of dollars in funny taxes that weren't advertised when I booked the car at the airport. It happened in Madrid and to a lesser extent Barcelona.

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    1. Horrible grammar. Correction.

      Would you recommend making all the arrangements for car rentals from the US?

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    2. Hire it in advance. Use Skyscanner, Kayak or similar to find the best deals. Or if you book it in the airport, still shop around. You are the customer, take no prisoners...

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  4. Gunnar :
    how come that as a CEO in IT you have enough free time to roam the 5 Continents ?

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  5. Hi, out of curiosity, did you go as an exchange student in Lawrenceburg, Indiana with AFS?

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    1. I did go to East Central High School, St Leon. I lived in Hidden Valley Lake, Lawrenceburg, though. Why and who are you? :)

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  6. You probably get this all the time, but how on earth do you afford all this travelling?

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    1. I should have actually read the bio first! I thought you were in your 20s looking at your photo. What a brilliant way to spend your hard earned money and time, very inspiring.

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    2. Priorities... I spend everything I make on travelling. I am also good at finding cheap tickets and I usually stay in inexpensive accommodations.

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  7. Sorry, but I don't speak english.
    Me apaixonei por sua determinação e desapego aos bens materiais.
    Por querer conhecer todos os lugares sem distinção de condição econômica, raça, gastronomia, religião, entre outros.
    Por não buscar em suas viagens cartões postais famosos ou compras.
    Realmente uma alma linda.
    Parabéns,

    Ketty
    kettydepaula@ig.com.br

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    1. Translation:
      I fell in love with your determination and un-materialistic ways. For wanting to get to know the places without distinguishing between economic disparities, race, gastronomy, religion, etc.
      For not simply looking for postcards and shopping destinations.
      You are truly a beautiful soul.
      Congratulations.

      (My personal note: I couldn't agree more.)

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  8. I would put Somaliland instead of Western Sahara on the list of the 198 countries. I explain why on the thread "as scarcely populated as it gets".

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  9. Congrats,
    I have the same target, but not to be a youngest, I have 52 years old. In this beautiful world you live in a fast way, so we need to know the places, this is the real fortune, everything is superfluous, when you die you leave everything here, but the travels is into our mind. At this moment I know only 23 countries, but slowly slowly I'll increase this list.
    You are a very special guy, if you visit Brazil again it will be a pleasure to receive you at home.
    All the best,

    Hélio

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  10. Thanks a lot, Hélio! Travelling sure brings about invaluable inspirations. And why do fast what you can do slow? Happy travels!

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  11. Hei Gunnar. Hvorfor tar du ikke med Cook Islands og Niue, da de begge er "Member of multiple UN specialized agencies"? Blir ikke det litt på samme måte som Marshall Island, Micronesia og Palau? Altså samme free association, bare det er med New Zealand istedenfor USA!

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  12. Hei, Mario! Dei tre landa du nemner er medlemmar av FN og er sjølvstendige land. Cook Islands og Niue er ikkje det, i tillegg overlet dei veldig mykje til New Zealand. Og så er alle som bur der New Zealandske statsborgarar.

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  13. I love the biography bottles! persons are great, and so cute :-) I am your latest follower. I found you through seashore Sand and Lesson Plans. I will be a first year educator this coming fall and will be teaching third rating.
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  14. Hi man, you are great :) Greetings from Bosnia and Herzegovina !

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  15. good quality to hear from you, Claudia. I enjoyed meeting all and sundry and learning about the assortment of guild members' works. We are all learners and teachers. Biography

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  16. These are so gorgeous! I love them! I like how they can be imaginative if they want with their bottles or do something a diminutive less artsy with the announcement!
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  17. Fascinating blog - my dream is to travel the world!

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  18. Most people don't have the money or time to travel that often. My parents were from Denmark (Skive, Viborg County/ Orsted, Randers County) , but even traveling there is more expensive than I can afford. Some people make minimum wage. In my case I'm on medical disability. I have the time but I'm unable to save money. Like they say...who said life was supposed to be fair. To ancient for backpacking...Ha Ha Ha

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  19. Gunnar: I am from India, and personally feel my country as a sub-continent with multiple diversity. which city/cities did you visit in India? How was the hospitality here?

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