My Goal Of Visiting Every Country Is, At The Moment, A Bit Screwed Up

September 10, 2013 by  
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Somewhere over the the past 6 years of inciting riots in Canada, figuring out Bulgarians nod backward, and visiting haunted Egyptian palaces, I set the long-term goal of visiting every country in the world. Not as a race but rather a steady march toward a defined objective, though I’m not sure using the entire planet as a boundary was very limiting. The world is a big place – the only place – we can travel, unless I can convince an aerospace engineer to send me into orbit.

Although I’ve been to over 60 countries, my progress lately has stalled. There’s a lot to experience within the arbitrary borders on a map and it’s hard to cover it all. The scent of Copenhagen’s breakaway neighborhood Christiania is enticing and I could move to Romania for their Usain Bolting Internet speeds, at least until winter rolls in at either place. I’ll be back in Spain two weeks from now for the third time, if you’ve ever eaten there, you know exactly why.

Words And Whims

Thanks to all of you, this blog has grown from an obscure meeting place for my friends who detested writing, to being read by thousands of travel-tech junkies daily. All of our journeys begin between our ears (you can argue they never leave) but any motion requires more focus than fuel. I’ve been struggling for words lately, looking for inspiration that’s been sitting right in front of me, but not on my keyboard. Fascination and fear, the ingredients to any inspiration worthwhile, is sitting just beyond our comfort zones. That’s where I’m going next. My zone, not yours, unless you’ve got an open bar.

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Traveling, A Head

Anything worth beginning deserves a proper ending, I’ve spun the globe and am picking spots. As you’ve always been, you’re invited along for the ride. For those of you who’ve been feeling a bit fox-blog lost lately, let’s reconnect in the comments below. Where are you headed and what has sparked your imagination of late? If you let me know, I’ll put down the Kalashnikov, which many of you pointed out on my foXnoMad Facebook page, I’m not holding properly ;)

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  1. Jass says:

    Hi bro,

    nice to see that you’av been visit 60 countries and still increasing your list. so, can you give some tips and help out to find job like you ..coz my travel list is black;)

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  2. Adam Finan says:

    Anil,
    60 countries is still a decent number.. I have been to 15 and consider myself travelled!!

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  3. Where in the world are you at the moment? 60 countries might not be all of the places in the world, but it’s still a good number. I thought I’d travelled a lot but then I counted how many places I’ve been to the other day and was disappointed.
    It’s true that there’s a lot to see in so many countries that it’s easy to get a little side tracked. We’re in the USA now and I didn’t realise just what a diverse place it would be in terms of nature and things to do outdoors.
    Anyway, keep up the good blog!

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    • Anil Polat says:

      I’m actually getting ready to catch a flight to Barcelona from Washington DC. I’m still moving, just not in the most efficient way for my overall goal :) I appreciate the words of encouragement and wish you happy travels.

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