Every Country Without Flying? The Odyssey Pitch That Started It All.
I said I'd do it... AND I DID! On January 1st 2009, I set off on the adventure of a lifetime. THE ODYSSEY EXPEDITION was my Guinness World Record™ breaking attempt to visit every member of the UN (193 countries) plus Vatican City, Taiwan, Kosovo, Western Sahara and Palestine. I regarded the home nations of the UK as four separate entities to bring the total up to 201. And I did it all alone, on a shoestring budget, and WITHOUT FLYING. Here are the nations that I visited: SOUTH AMERICA Uruguay Argentina Paraguay Bolivia Chile Peru Ecuador Colombia Venezuela Brazil Guyana Suriname THE CARIBBEAN Trinidad & Tobago Grenada St. Vincent & The Grenadines Barbados St. Lucia Martinique^^ Dominica St. Kitts & Nevis Antigua & Barbuda St. Martin/Sint Maarten^^ British Virgin Islands^^ US Virgin Islands^^ Dominican Republic Haiti Jamaica CENTRAL & NORTH AMERICA Mexico Guatemala El Salvador Nicaragua Honduras Costa Rica Panama Belize The United States of America The Bahamas The Conch Republic^^ Cuba Canada EUROPE Iceland The Faroe Islands^^ Netherlands Belgium France England^ Wales^ Ireland Northern Ireland^ Scotland^ Luxembourg Germany Denmark Sweden Norway Finland Estonia Russia Latvia Lithuania Belarus Poland The Czech Republic Slovakia Hungary Romania Moldova Ukraine Bulgaria Greece Macedonia Kosovo* Montenegro Serbia Albania Croatia Bosnia & Herzegovina Slovenia Austria Liechtenstein Switzerland Italy Vatican City* Malta San Marino Monaco Andorra Spain Portugal Turkey Cyprus AFRICA Tunisia Morocco Western Sahara* Mauritania Senegal Cape Verde The Gambia Guinea-Bissau Mali Guinea Sierra Leone Liberia Côte DIvoire Ghana Togo Benin Burkina Faso Niger Nigeria Cameroon Chad Central African Republic Equatorial Guinea Gabon Saõ Tomé & Principé Congo Democratic Republic of Congo Angola Namibia South Africa Botswana Lesotho Swaziland Mozambique Zimbabwe Malawi Zambia Tanzania Comoros Madagascar Reunion^^ Mauritius Burundi Rwanda Uganda Kenya Ethiopia Somaliland Somalia Djibouti Egypt Sudan Libya Algeria Eritrea ASIA Saudi Arabia Jordan Syria Lebanon Iraq Georgia Armenia Azerbaijan Kazakhstan Uzbekistan Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Turkmenistan Afghanistan Iran Kuwait Bahrain Qatar UAE Oman Yemen Pakistan India Bangladesh Bhutan Nepal China Mongolia South Korea Japan North Korea Taiwan* Vietnam Cambodia Laos Burma Thailand Malaysia Indonesia Philippines East Timor OCEANIA Papua New Guinea Solomon Islands Australia New Caledonia^^ Vanuatu Fiji Wallis and Futuna^^ Tuvalu Kiribati Marshall Islands Samoa Tonga New Zealand THE FINAL FRONTIERS Nauru Micronesia Palau Sri Lanka Maldives Seychelles South Sudan *No Seat in the UN ^Nation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ^^Dependency Oh, and yes, it did take me a *little* more than a year......!!