EVERY COUNTRY AT AGE 27

IS NOT ENOUGH

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Henrik Jeppesen
Adventurer and Public Speaker

Every Country at Age 27

. . .IS NOT ENOUGH

Visited Every Country in the World 193/193: United Nations List
At age 27, I completed a project of visiting every country in the world, on a low budget, after approximately 2,500 travel days. Last country: Eritrea.
Completion date: April 1st, 2016.


Visited Every FIFA Nation in the World 211/211: FIFA List
At the age of 30, I managed to visit every nation on FIFA's list as well.
Last nation: New Caledonia. Completion date: June 18th, 2018.


Visited 300 Countries and Territories. 300/327: Travelers' Century Club List
After the 193 countries (United Nations member states), the TCC list of countries, territories and unique destinations is the next big list. Only 27 left.

Visited 494 Nomad Mania Regions. 494/1,281: Nomad Mania List
In my opinion, the ultimate travel list and challenge. Nomad Mania divides the world into 1,281 destinations. I joined in 2018 to have a long-term travel challenge. Nobody has completed the list, but I will give it a try.
You can follow my adventures on my Facebook and Instagram.


Public Speaking
I do public speaking about the world and my travels. Feel free to contact my public speaking agency or myself on email or Facebook.

Interviews
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900+

Fligts

1,200+

Hotels

300

Countries and Territories Total

2,500+

Days of Travel

Country list
United Nation's List: 193 of 193 countries visited.

Travelers' Century Club's list:
300 of 327 countries and territories visited.

Nomad Mania: 494 of 1,281 visited.

The TCC list is below.


Algeria
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabinda
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Republic of Congo
Democratic Republic of Congo
Djibouti
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea (Fernando Pó, Bioko Island, Malabo)
Equatorial Guinea (Rio Muni)
Eritrea
Ethiopia 
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Ivory Coast
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Morocco
Morocco,Spanish (Ceuta, Melilla)
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
Sao Tome & Principe
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Somalia
Somaliland
South Africa
South Sudan Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda
Western Sahara
Zambia Zanzibar
Zimbabwe

Visited:
Abkhazia
Afghanistan
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Brunei
Cambodia
China
East Timor
Georgia
Hainan Island
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia (Java)
Irian Jaya (Dutch New Guinea)
Japan
Jeju Island
Kalimantan
Kashmir
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Korea, North
Korea, South
Laos
Lesser Sunda Islands
Macau
Malaysia
Moluka (Maluku Islands)
Mongolia, Rep.
Myanmar
Nakhichevan
Nepal
Pakistan
Philippines
Sabah (No. Borneo)
Sarawak
Sikkim
Singapore
Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
Sulawesi (Celebes)
Sumatra
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Thailand
Tibet
Turkey in Asia (Anatolia, Ankara, Izmir)
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Vietnam


Left:
Siberia

Info: Argentine, Chilean og Falkland Island Dependencies er let at besøge, mens jeg er i tvivl om jeg får besøgt de andre. Spændende bliver det.


Left:
Argentine (Palmer Peninsula)
Australian Antarctic Territory South Pole (Mawson, Davis, Macquarie, Heard)
Chilean (Palmer Peninsula)
Falkland Islands Dependencies (British Antarctica, Graham Land, So. Shetland, So. Orkney)
French Southern & Antarctic Territory (Kerguelen, Crozet, Amsterdam, St. Paul)
Norwegian (Queen Maud Land, Bouvet)
New Zealand (Ross Dependency)

Visited:
Azores Islands
Bermuda
Canary Islands
Cape Verde Islands
Falkland Islands
Fernando de Noronha
Faroe Islands
Greenland
Iceland
Madeira
South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands
St. Helena
Tristan de Cunha

Left:
Ascension
St. Helena
Tristan de Cunha

Anguilla
Antigua & Deps. (Barbuda, Redonda)
Aruba
Bahamas
Barbados
Bonaire
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Grenada & Deps. (Carriacou, Grenadines)
Guadeloupe & Deps.(Marie Galante)
Haiti
Jamaica
Leeward Islands, French (St. Martin)
Leeward Islands, Netherlands (Saba, St. Eustatius)
Martinique
Montserrat
Puerto Rico
San Andres & Providencia
St. Barths
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Maarten (formerly Netherlands Antilles)
St. Vincent & Deps. (Bequia, Canouan Grenadines)
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos Islands
Virgin Islands, U.S. (St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas)
Virgin Islands, British (Tortola, etc.)

Belize (British Honduras)
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Aland Islands
Albania
Andorra
Austria
Balearic Islands
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Corsica
Crete
Croatia
Cyprus, British Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri & Dhekelia
Cyprus, Republic
Cyprus, Turkish Fed. State
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dodecanese Is.
England
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Guernsey & Deps.
Hungary
Ionian Islands
Ireland (Eire)
Ireland, Northern (Ulster)
Isle of Man
Italy
Jersey (Channel Islands)
Kaliningrad
Kosovo
Lampedusa
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malta
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
San Marino
Sardinia
Scotland
Serbia
Sicily
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Spitsbergen (Svalbard, Bear Island)
Srpska
Sweden
Switzerland
Trans Dniester
Turkey in Europe (Istanbul)
Ukraine
Vatican City
Wales

Visited:
Andaman-Nicobar Islands
Christmas Island
Cocos Islands (Keeling)
Comoros
Madagascar
Maldives
Mauritius
Mayotte
Reunion
Rodrigues Island
Seychelles
Socotra
Zil Elwannyen Sesel


Left:
British Indian Ocean Territory (Chagos Arch, Diego Garcia)
Lakshadweep

Abu Dhabi
Ajman
Bahrain
Dubai
Fujeirah
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Oman
Palestine
Qatar
Ras Al Khaimah
Saudi Arabia
Sharjah
Sinai Peninsula
Syria
Umm Al Qaiwain
Yemen

Alaska
Canada
Mexico
Prince Edward Island
St. Pierre & Miquelon
United States (continental)

Visited:
Australia
Bismark Archipelago (New Ireland, New Britain, Bougainville, Admiralty Islands)
Cook Islands (Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Penrhyn)
Fiji Islands
French Polynesia (Tahiti,Tuamotu, Austral, Gambier)
Galapagos Islands
Guam
Hawaiian Islands
Kiribati (Gilberts,Tarawa, Ocean Island)
Marshall Islands, Republic of (Majuro, Kwajalein, Eniwetok)
Micronesia, Fed.States of (Pohnpei, Kosrae, Chuuk,Yap,Caroline Islands)
Nauru
New Caledonia & Deps. (Noumea, Loyalty Islands) New Zealand
Northern Marianas (Saipan, Tinian)
Ogasawara (Bonin, Volcano Island, Iwo Jima)
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa)
Samoa, American (Pago Pago)
Samoa, Western (Apia)
Solomon Islands (Guadalcanal, New Georgia,Tulagi)
Tasmania
Tonga (Nukualofa)
Tuvalu (Ellice Island, Funafuti, Vaitapu)
Vanuatu (New Hebrides Islands)


Left:
Chatham Islands
Easter Island
Juan Fernandez Islands (Robinson Crusoe Island)
Line/Phoenix Islands (Palmyra, Fanning, Christmas, Canton, Enderbury, Howland)
Lord Howe Island
Marquesas Islands
Midway Island
Niue
Norfolk Island
Pitcairn Island
Tokelau Islands (Fakaofu, Atafu, Union)
Wake Island
Wallis & Futuna Islands

Visited:
Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Ecuador
French Guiana
Guyana (British Guiana)
Paraguay
Peru
Suriname (Netherlands Guiana)
Uruguay
Venezuela


Left:
Nueva Esparta (Margarita Island)

Top 10 Tips
Do you also want to travel the world or just take cheap vacations?

It might be cheaper than you think.

Here are ten of my best money-saving travel tips and recommended links.


Accommodation and transportation are the two biggest expenses when travelling. The cost of accommodation can actually eliminate completely by staying free of charge with locals.

I have had good experiences with Couchsurfing. There are millions of people around the world that open their homes to travellers. I recommend spending time making a good and exciting profile to increase the chance of approvals from locals.

For a non-free, but cheap alternative to hotels, I highly recommend Airbnb which I have used a lot.

It's really something that has helped me a lot. It is especially a good idea to sign up for newsletters and/or follow low-cost airlines on social media and book many tickets when there are special offers. I have, among other things, flown from Denmark to Africa for less than 7 euros and from Malaysia to Australia for less than 50 euros.

Low-cost buses are especially good for travels within the United States, where you can travel cheaply between a number of states for less than 2 dollars per trip. Megabus, Boltbus, Peter Pan Bus and Greyhound Express all have cheap tickets to explore American big cities.

I've booked some cheap bus tickets with Megabus in the past, which helped me a lot in visiting 33 of the 50 US states so far.

In Europe there are also low-cost bus companies. FlixBus, Ouibus, Megabus and Eurolines to just name a few. Busradar.com is a great price comparison page for bus travel.

You can save a lot of money and effort by travelling light. Checked baggage can cost more than the ticket itself on low-cost airlines.

Many airlines will allow 50x38x20 cm. and 6-10 kilograms.

To know the exact policy of each airline, it is a good idea to Google the airline's name followed by cabin baggage. In addition to saving money on airlines, public transport and walking is also a lot easier travelling light than with heavy bags.

If you plan to travel full-time, you might want to blog about it. A blog can give you an income, but maybe also the opportunity to get sponsorships, especially if you have a good idea. I think it's important to have your own domain and an email address of your domain.

If you want to travel for months or years, and at the same time don't have much money, it is not a good idea to eat at expensive restaurants all the time. Instead, it would be a great idea to go to supermarkets and put together cheap meals.

In some countries, eating out can be very cheap, and it may be a good idea to ask the locals where they eat

The best advice is to live like a local. Not a tourist.

It is possible to get a free miles (flight points), hotel bonus points and of course good deals on travel.

I recommend following the following accounts to get noticed about the free stuff and great deals: The Points Guy, InsideflyerUK, InsideflyerNL, InsideflyerDE, InsideflyerDK, Lifehacker, Million Miles Secrets, Deals We Like, Frugal Travel Guy and Onemileatatime.

I have hitchhiked in close to 100 countries and territories and probably been in over 1,000 cars. It can be difficult to do it in big cities and many places in Europe, but in some places it's easy and a part of the culture.

The Caribbean, New Zealand and several islands in the Pacific can be great places to hitchhike, get a cultural experience and save a lot of money. Especially in situations where a taxi is the only alternative.

One of the most frustrating things about trying to visit all countries is undoubtedly catching up the difficult visa. I have been creative and most often not getting visas in Europe but instead at the continent, the country of the visa, is in. A great tip is to try to get many African visas in Rabat like I did back in 2013.

In that case, In many cases you are likely to experience far fewer requirements than if you are applying at European embassies. Other things I did include printing an A4 paper of information about myself to the Equatorial Guinea Consulate in Lagos after I had desperately been rejected after several visits to two of their other embassies. I got the visa in Lagos the same day after a good conversation about my project. It's worth thinking creatively.

Perhaps not a surprise, but signing up for hotels' and especially airlines' loyalty programs is something that can save you a lot of money over the years.

I would recommend British Airways of One World airlines because of their low minimum requirements for a bonus ticket. It is especially attractive for a short flight which would otherwise be expensive to pay in cash.

With the Star Alliance, I have been a member of SAS, Lufthansa's Miles & More, United, and I've had the most enjoyment of the latter.

Here are links to some of the sites I use and recommend:

Accommodation:
Free: Couchsurfing
Cheap: Airbnb
Hotel Search Engine: HotelsCombined

Flight Search Engines:
Matrix: ITA Software
Kayak
Skyscanner

Suggestions on Things to See
Wikitravel

I have been interviews by hundredths of media since I completed my project of visiting every country in the world and often I talk about travel tips.

Here are 12 of the interviews, but you can find more by googling Henrik Jeppesen every country.

CNN
Business Insider
BBC
The Telegraph
The Independent
Lonely Planet
Yahoo! Finance
Metro
Ekstra Bladet
Jyllands-Posten
Berlingske
TV 2


10 Frequently Asked Questions
I have been asked a lot of questions after I arrived in Eritrea in 2016 and completed my project of visiting every country in the world.

I am used to answering many of the same questions so I thought I would share some of them on this site.

Below are ten of the most frequently asked questions.

You are welcome to ask me questions or of course read/see interviews from the media.


No, I am unfortunately not a millionaire. I looked at every single spending. Staying with locals. Eating cheap food at supermarkets often instead of restaurants. Hitchhiking or local buses instead of taxis whenever possible. Hotel points and air miles helps as well. On many days I spent less than 5 dollars. It’s much cheaper to visit every country in the world than many people think, but you must be willing to live like a local on a budget, not like a tourist.

Besides the cost savings, sponsorships helped me a lot in completing my project after help from more than 1,000 hotels and 100 airlines.

When you google or read articles about how many countries there are in the world you might see different numbers. There are 193 member states of the UN, but in addition, Palestine and Vatican City have observer status as non-member states.

Then we are at 195. In addition, there are other places, some of which are perceived as countries but are not members of the UN. It is mostly Kosovo, Taiwan and Western Sahara, and if you count Britain's different FIFA national teams as different countries, you will see an even higher number.

You will, therefore, be able to see different numbers of the number of countries in the world, but the most correct one will, in my opinion, be 193, as it's the number of member states in the UN.

It’s such a difficult question to answer, because I have favourites for different reasons. I love many countries for different reasons. Italy and France for the food. South Africa has a lot to offer for travellers while Iran probably has the friendliest people in the world.

I am from Denmark. I grew up in the Thy-district of Northwestern Jutland, where Denmark later got its first national park, called National Park Thy.

Yes. I would say I have travelled alone more than 95% of the time. It’s difficult for friends and family to take time off.

Although I have been to every country, there are still many destinations in the world I haven’t been. Many places in the countryside of Europe are places I would like to visit, plus of course the territories I haven't been to. I'm especially excited about the potential chance of visiting the main island of the Pitcairn Islands.

Yes, of course. North Korea is a country and it's not that difficult to visit for a European. A double entry Chinese visa is all you need and then the tour operator will take care of the rest.

I can recommend Koryo Tours and for an extraordinary experience, I would recommend a private tour where you can have sights to yourself.

When I was young, I set a goal to visit 50 countries, probably mostly because I was afraid to travel to so-called "dangerous" countries. Later I set a goal of 100 countries, probably because I realized the world was not as dangerous as I thought.

When I reached 100, I thought it was time for a new goal, and inspired by others who visited these so-called "dangerous" places, I thought that every country in the world would be a good an realistic target.

The last country I visited was Eritrea on April 1st, 2016. Eritrea used to be number one on the list of countries with the least amount of press freedom. North Korea is number two. That gives you an idea of what kind of country it is. It is actually pleasant to visit for a traveller, and I really enjoyed my final country.

I have experienced great hospitality in many countries, but I think the most hospitable must be Iran based on my experiences from start to finish. It started with no public transport to Tehran from the international airport.

I was frustrated as a taxi would cost what would correspond to approximately 20 euros. I started to hitchhike and I quickly got a lift. It was an English teacher who showed me some of Tehran, offered me food and took me to my hotel without wanting money for it. On the street, I experienced great hospitality and when I asked for directions, one offered to pay for a taxi.

When I was flying out of Tehran, a local offered me to sleep in a room at the airport. Iran, therefore, gets my first place, but countries such as Thailand, Laos and Cambodia are also up there along with many others. The world is a hospitable place!

I have been interviews by hundredths of media since I completed my project of visiting every country in the world. Here are 12 of the interviews, but you can find more by googling Henrik Jeppesen every country.

CNN
Business Insider
BBC
The Telegraph
The Independent
Lonely Planet
Yahoo! Finance
Metro
Ekstra Bladet
Jyllands-Posten
Berlingske
TV 2

You are welcome to ask me any questions here

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