I visited every country in the world before my 28th birthday.
I went alone to Egypt when I was 17. 10 years later I had visited every country in the world. I visited every country in the world before my 28th birthday. There are about 200 in world history, who have visited every country in the world and I am one of the youngest.
My story stands out because I did it at a young age, spent approximately 2,500 travel days, had a low budget, hitchhiked with many cars, used a lot of public transport, was creative in getting visas to several of the hard-to-reach countries, experienced severe food poisoning and was robbed four times.
I married my Brazilian wife in Pernambuco, Brazil on February 2nd, 2020.
THE TCC LIST (300/329)
After visiting every country in the world, I focus my travels on my favourite countries and the TCC List. To complete the The TCC List is a much more difficult challenge than visiting every country. To complete this list of every country and territory in the world recognized by the Traveler’s Century Club (TCC) might even be impossible. See List
DIFFICULT, MAYBE EVEN IMPOSSIBLE
It might never be possible to complete the list due to some restricted territories like Wake Island, Midway Island and the British Indian Ocean Territory, so it’s not a goal to complete the list, but would certainly like to at least get very close.
STATUS: 300 OF 329 VISITED
ALL 193 COUNTRIES
107 OF 136 TERRITORIES
LIST OF COUNTRIES
UN (193) Completed: 2016
NOC (206) Completed: 2018
FIFA (211) Completed: 2018
10 PASSPORTS USED SO FAR
3,100+ TRAVEL DAYS
300 ON THE TCC LIST SO FAR
33 AMERICAN STATES SO FAR
FAVOURITE COUNTRY TO TRAVEL
South Africa is my favourite country to travel for many reasons.
Visited all provinces
Spent more than four months in the country.
FAVOURITE COUNTRY TO LIVE
I am proud to be Danish. For me, Denmark is the best country in the world to live in. There is nothing like home.
900+ travel days in Denmark
Visited almost all of the 100 largest cities
Visited ?? inhabited Danish islands so far.
FAVOURITE COUNTRY TO RELAX
A unique country that has given me many fantastic memories.
Stayed overnight at more than 50 private island resorts.
Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, Canada, Dominica, Estonia, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Namibia, New Zealand, Palau, Rwanda, The Netherlands, The United States and Vanuatu.
Like to Live if Not Denmark
Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.
Indonesia (Bali), Mauritius, Thailand and The Seychelles.
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Here are five of the many companies that have helped my travels.
I am thankful for all the people and companies that decided to help a young man with his dream of travelling the world and visiting all the world’s countries.
Thank you all very much
Free homestays and an opportunity for great cultural experiences. Tips: Check feedback and make an informative profile.
Different kind of accommodation for different kind of budgets. Tips: Long-term rates can be excellent value. You can actually negotiate directly with the owner by sending a message.
My favourite hotel booking site. In recent years it’s almost always been the cheapest booking site in my experience together with Snaptravel.
My favourite hotel search engine. Booking.com is not always the cheapest, so it’s a good idea to compare rates on HotelsCombined.
I’ve flown from Vienna to Eilat, Israel for just one Euro, among many other cheap flights. Tip: Sign up for airlines’ newsletters or follow airlines on social media to know about promotions.
My favourite flight search engine.
Tip: You can type Everywhere in the destination field to find inspiration about where you can travel.
Another great flight search engine with lots of third-party booking sites.
My favourite flight deal site. Tip: You can use their Twitter account of a better overview of the many deals. Thanks to a Secret Flying-post, I flew to Israel for one Euro in 2019.
Booking cheap bus tickets in advance is a great way to travel cheaply. My favourites are Flixbus and Megabus.
My favourite carpooling website. Tip: It’s best to have a Plan B in countries where a credit card is not required to secure a booking. The driver might not show up. It happened to me once in Brazil.
My favourite ride-hailing company. I have also used Bolt, Careem, Grab and 99Pop. Tip: You can usually find codes for a free or discounted first ride with these ride-hailing apps.
Guide to Hitchhiking
I’ve hitchhiked more than 1,000 times and Hitchwiki is the my favourite hitchhiking guide.
The Maldives in the Summer
I have stayed at around 60 private island resorts in the Maldives. It’s probably my favourite destination in the world for a relaxing holiday. Tip: My preferred time to visit is in July where it is great value for money and much lower rates than in December.
Visit Rabat for African Visas
It’s a lot easier to get some of the difficult African visas in the capital of Morocco than in Europe in my opinion.
Google Maps Offline
Can be a great help if you don’t have local data.
Visit South Africa
It’s one of my favourite countries with a lot of things to do and see.