Irreverent responses from our favourite travel
Title/bio: First person to travel to
every sovereign state
Twitter/website: @EveryCountry | theodysseyexpedition.com
Born in: Liverpool, England
Currently in: Addis
would you rather be right now?
Nowhere, anywhere… as long as my
girlfriend was with me
person (dead or alive, real or fictional) you’d most like to go on a trip with:
must-see you think is actually a “must skip”:
Any building built anywhere since 1958
asks what’s #1 on your list of places you want to go before you die. But what’s
The South Pole. Dressed as a
5. Your most
stranded, “oh-my-[deity]” travel moment:
days in a Congolese jail. They thought I was a British spy. Because I look
like James Bond, obviously.
6. Best (or
worst) person/people you’ve had to sit next to while travelling:
Best: lovely old grandmother in Iran took me home and made me breakfast. Worst:
old guy in Peru who kept
putting his hand on my leg and smiling.
Live octopus in South Korea, fertilised
duck egg in the Philippines, boiled sheep’s head in Uzbekistan
someone was visiting your town, what’s the one thing you’d show them?
A bloody good time! (I come from Liverpool you know)
invention you wish existed:
Cheap, mass-produced electric cars; a
British train system that wasn’t butchered beyond use in the 1960s; a
functional African highway
most embarrassing travel faux pas:
Urinating in what turned out to be a
foot-washing trough in a rather conservative Muslim country that shall remain
thing you miss the most when away from home:
Nowt. Everything I own is in my
12. Most unique souvenir:
Coco-Monkey. A monkey. Made from a coconut.
celebrity encounter while travelling:
AJ Hackett, bungee jump entrepreneur. I
may have convinced him to set up a jump in Liverpool.
unusual item you have travelled with:
A toilet seat strapped to my backpack
adverting my chosen charity, WaterAid
mode of transport you’ve taken:
A leaky wooden fishing pirogue (canoe)
400km across open ocean from Senegal
to the Cape Verde
No radio, no satellite phone, no sails, no oars – just an outboard motor, a
pocket GPS and a huge dollop of luck.
place you don’t want anyone to know about but are willing to divulge here:
Palau. Best kept secret in the world.
17. The travel story you’ll never stop
Being the first
person to travel to every sovereign state without flying, obviously!
18. Lay on
us a priceless bit of travel advice or wisdom:
Always wear a hat, never take a towel.