Travel - Harry Mitsidis - "The most travelled man in the world"
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Guest: Harry Mitsidis My guest for travel today will no doubt leave many of us absolutely green with envy, because he has literally visited every single country in the world. His name is Harry Mitsidis and he is the founder of the online travel club Nomad Mania. Stuff magazine described him as the world’s most-travelled man, and at 49 year of age, he’s nowhere near ready to put down his suitcase. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to the Nomad Mania Podcast! Nomad Mania divides the world into 1301 regions and is an excellent website which allows you to track your travels whether you are chasing 193, TCC, MTP or of course Nomad Mania. It also maintains extensive series like 1881 different airports, 1696 festivals, or 2855 religious temples. The Nomad Mania Podcast interviews members who will share their insights and advice as we take deep dives into some of the world’s 1281 most interesting regions. Your host of The Nomad Mania Podcast is Ric Gazarian. Ric is on a quest to travel to every country in the world. You can follow his travels at GlobalGaz. He is also the host of the popular travel podcast, Counting Countries. On Counting Countries, he interviews people who are traveling to every country in the world or are in the process of completing the quest. On today’s episode we speak with Harry Mitsidis. Harry is the founder of Nomad Mania. Harry shares his passion and his depth of knowledge on Serbia. Harry has visited all corners Serbia and has traveled there multiple times. You can listen to The Nomad Mania Podcast, wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts … Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Google Play, Alexa, Spotify, and much more! Please subscribe and review. Links: www.nomadmania.com https://globalgaz.com/counting-countries/ www.sonorouslab.com
This is part 2 of my talk to Harry Mitsidis, the founder of Nomad Mania and possible the person who’s been to most places in the world. In this episode Harry shares some of the many stories from his travelling life.
Dette er del 2 af min snak med Harry Mitsidis, grundlæggeren af Nomad Mania, og den person, der måske har været flest steder i verden. I denne episode deler Harry nogle af de mange historier fra sit rejseliv.
Jeg er i England for at møde en vaskeægte rejselegende. Harry Mitsidis, grundlæggeren af Nomad Mania, og den person, der måske har været flest steder i verden. Nomad Mania er et community for folk, der rejser meget og et sted, der opdeler verden i 1281 regioner. Når du udfylder de regioner, du har været i, vises du på forskellige hitlister, som omfatter byer, seværdigheder, museer, øer, lufthavne og meget mere. På den måde er Nomad Mania helt unik. Det er den eneste hjemmeside, der har så mange lister, og målet er at skabe et aktivt multikulturelt fællesskab af rejsende. På Master Ranking listen er Harry selv nummer ét. Han har været i 1188 af de 1281 regioner. Naturligvis har han været i alle 193 FN-nationer. Han besøgte sit sidste FN-land, Ækvatorialguinea tilbage i marts 2008. Siden da har han været i de fleste af dem igen. Men der er så meget mere end bare at hoppe hurtigt ind i et land, for at sige kunne sige, at du har været der. Det handler om virkelig at være der – om at se, føle, møde, forstå og sammenligne. Det at rejse er blevet en livsstil for Harry, og at være det samme sted i længere tid er blevet sværere. Harry Mitsidis blev født i London. Han har en græsk far, en sydafrikansk mor og har bedsteforældre fra Polen og Tyrkiet. Så der var altid et internationalt element i det hele, og det voksede og voksede bare efterhånden, som han blev ældre. Allerede i 2001 havde han besøgt alle Europas lande, og så havde han blikket rettet mod resten af verden. Det startede som en joke, men efterhånden som det kom inden for rækkevidde, blev det nærmest til en besættelse. Før vi sætter os og snakker rejser og Nomad Mania, tager Harry mig en gåtur gennem Chatham – den by, hvor han bor. Han ville gerne vise mig, hvor grim det er. Harry har meget at fortælle, så der kommer endnu en episode. Og her deler Harry nogle af de mange historier fra sit rejseliv. Nomad Mania har også en podcast kaldet The Nomad Mania Podcast, hvor Ric Gazarian er vært.
I'm in England to meet a true travel legend. Harry Mitsidis, the founder of Nomad Mania, and the person who arguably has been to most places in the world. Nomad Mania is a community for extreme travellers and a website that divides the world into 1281 regions. When you fill out the regions you’ve been to you will appear on different rankings, which includes Cities, Sights, Museums, Islands, Airports and lots more. For that Nomad Mania is quite unique. It’s the only website listing travel achievements through so many aspects and the aim is to create an active multicultural community of travelers, which inspires travel while being a true reference to all 1281 regions of the World. On the Master Ranking list Harry himself is number one. He’s been to 1188 of the 1281 regions. Obviously he’s been to every country in the world. All the 193 UN nations. He did his last UN country, Equatorial Guinea in March 2008. Since then he’s all most been to all of them again. But there’s so much more than just jumping quickly into a country to say that you’ve been there. It’s about really being there – seeing, sensing, meeting, understanding and comparing. Traveling has become Harry’s way of life, and staying put has become increasingly hard. Harry Mitsidis was born in London to a Greek father and a South African mother, and has grandparents from Poland and Turkey. So there was always an international element to it all, and this just grew and grew through the years. Already in 2001 he had visited all the countries of Europe, and then he aimed for the whole world, which initially started as a joke but gradually, as it became within his reach, turned into an obsession. Before we sit down for the interview, Harry takes me for a stroll through Chatham – the town where he lives. He wanted to show me just how ugly it is. Then we sit down for a talk about travel and in the second episode, Harry shares some of the adventures he's had in his traveling life. Nomad Mania also does a podcast called The Nomad Mania Podcast, hosted by Ric Gazarian. LINKS: Sponsor Hotels25.com The Radio Vagabond is produced by RadioGuru. You can follow The Radio Vagabond on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram og YouTube.
Harry Mitsidis has been travelling “competitively” since 2000. This half-Greek and half-British 44 year old was born in London and is the founder of TheBestTravelled.com. He’s more than qualified to run a website of that name, as he’s already traveled to all 193 countries. More than that, he’s been to 128 of them at least twice! But he’s not stopping there. Of the 1,281 places listed on TheBestTravelled.com, he has been to 1,020 of them! More about Harry Mitsidis: Born in: London Passports from: UK and Greece Favorite travel book: Playing The Moldovans At Tennis Favorite travel film: Airplane! Favorite travel site: TheBestTravelled.com Must carry: Of course, my passport. And okroshka, the name I have given to a little angel, that I travel with for good luck. My partner gave me this gift. Okroskka means summer soup. Favorite food: papanasi Favorite drink: Vla Favorite Airline: Air New Zealand Favorite Hotel: Hotel-Bergheim Website: Harry’s Travels Around The World Facebook: Harry Mitsidis Instagram: harrymitsidis About Counting Countries Counting Countries is the only podcast to bring you the stories from the dedicated few who’ve spent their lives on the singular quest of traveling to every country in the world. Less people have traveled to every country in the world than have been to outer space. Theme music for this podcast is Demeter’s Dance, written, performed, and provided by Mundi. About GlobalGaz Ric Gazarian is the host of Counting Countries. He is the author of three books: Hit The Road: India, 7000 KM To Go, and Photos From Chernobyl. He is the producer of two travel documentaries: Hit The Road: India and Hit The Road: Cambodia. Ric is also on his own quest to visit every country in the world. You can see where he has traveled so far and keep up with his journey at GlobalGaz.com How Many Countries Are There? Well… that depends on who you ask! The United Nations states that there are 193 member states. The British Foreign and Commonwealth office states that there are 225 countries and territories. The Century Club states that there are 324 sovereign nations, territories, enclaves, and islands. The Most Traveled Person states that there are 875 unique parts of the world. The Best Traveled states that there are 1281 unique places in the world. Me? My goal is the 193 countries that are recognized by the UN, but I am sure I will visit some other places along the way. Disclaimer: I will earn a fee if you order from Amazon/Agoda.