List of Long-Term Travelers as encountered and explained by a world traveler.

List of Long-Term Travelers

List of Long-Term Travelers as encountered and explained by a world traveler.

World Class Hobo's - Do you know a TRUE traveler, someone that has wandered the planet, living on the road, the real budget traveler, that talks their own language, and understands the world differently.

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Counting Countries

BEST 672 List of Countries by Charles of
This list is the best list of locations to visit and a method of counting complete with a few rules.

- List of Countries by
- What qualifies as a country?
- 673 - List of Countries - Territories - Enclaves - Protectorates - Island - Geographically Separated
- 100 Countries Visited Club - Traveler's Century Club

How to Count your countries?
    Register on the site and it give a way to count and keep tally.
    Quick and easy, World 66

Relevant on-topic Blog Post by Andy of
Most Traveled Couples
     Are you a Traveler or a Tourist?

Who does Andy respect the Most as a Traveler?
     James Michener

Note and Warnings
    The CIA, United Nations, and any list of countries by Hotel Sites, Blog Sites or other are incredibly deficit, do not quote or talk about these as source or you will reveal your lack of knowledge.

MY LIST - LIVING: - Top or most traveled as I understand...

    "Charles Veley of San Francisco has visited 600 plus of what he counts as 673 territories, autonomous regions, enclaves, geographically separated island groups, and major states and provinces of the world."
  2. Peter & Kay Forwood's Trip Around The World On A Harley-Davidson The explanations  on the confusion of the list of countries is excellent, plus the focus on maps is great, less about being famous and more about travel.
    Swiss couple who have traveled in Toyota truck.
  4. German Escobar: 15 years.
    Located:  Owner of Platypus, Hostel in Bogotá, Colombia.

People and Friends of NOTE

ALEX GARLAND - Alex Garland - Research Blog
Writer of the book. The Beach.

From Bristol, England. Over 100 Countries. I was in Iraq with him.

Randy's Home Page

Arthur Frommer

German Escobar: 15 years.
Located:  Owner of Platypus, Hostel in Bogotá, Colombia.

Gus - The Traveling Man 9 years,
Located: In the Caribbean right now or Hawaii

Pelourinho's  30? Years

Research and notes on how to record long term or number of countries?

This list of geographical areas is the best record I have found on or about the numbers of places to visit.

Types of Travel
1. Time spent traveling.
2. Continuous Travel
3. How much money spent?
4. How many countries lived in as opposed to moving.
5. People who most or best understand the cultures of the planet.
6. People who most understand the 7000 plus languages.

I tend to believe there are tons of Oil workers, Embassy workers, and Multi-national corporate workers that would make both of these travel couples seem small if we knew what they was doing and where they went.

Critique and Analysis:
To understand, I must know or learn, observe.

1. How they earn money to travel.
2. Documentation.
3. Did they travel or live in countries.

I feel to read about travelers it is essential you critique how they earn money for travel. Then how much of the time was spent on Visas, and their understanding of cultures.

There are oil jobbers, CIA types, Soldier types, and women chaser. There are people that work for News Organizations like CNN and BBC that visit more people.

MONEY. Money is the issue, these two couples are under-funded to visited in an extreme manner many cultures. I am pre-occupied with money, money is the grease that allows me the freedom to travel.

Travel writers and I am not a travel writer in the traditional sense are the worst travelers on the planet.

Fame or the desire for fame is sand people put in the works, if you want to be famous, I guarantee it will stop the travel machine. This is why I believe there are women chasing, oil jobber types, tend to be mercenary types who would make me or these two travelers look like children.

They have the money, they work this 28 day on, 28 day off systems. James Michener, I respect as a person that has observed and studied more cultures than an person I know.

Paul Theroux is interesting, however more of an history of travel as it relates to books.

As for me, I am not even close, I will say though that the counting of countries is not what I pay attention to with travelers. If I was interviewing Charles, or the Swiss Couple, or anybody, I would ask about how they earn money, then get in Visa talks, with them explaining the different between a country, protectorate, enclave, island and the way to many to count ways of defining a location.

Understanding of other countries, in a way I think Marriage stops or brings people to almost a complete halt on cultural understanding. Oil well workers banging all the girls on the planet get a person sitting in bed explaining the guts, feeling and motivations of a people, they are forced to related in the most intimate ways.

Cars and Motorcycle are the worst ways to feel close to a people, they have you avoid people and drive right on by I do think travel needs a few serious historians.

However, if you know travelers, they are close to sociopath in nature... hehehe selfishness personified.

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Tin Tin - Cartoon Character originating in Belgium

Popeye the Sailor Man!

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1 - a pugnacious, wisecracking cartoon sailor who possesses superhuman strength after ingesting an always-handy can of spinach. Popeye was created by Elzie Crisler Segar, who in 1929 introduced the character into his existing newspaper cartoon strip, Thimble Theatre.

Popeye is a scrappy little seaman with bulging forearms, a squinty eye, and a screwed-up face, punctuated with an ever-present pipe in his mouth. He is always ready for a fight instead of a reasonable discussion, has a gravelly voice, and is constantly mumbling under his breath. His credo is “I yam what I yam, and that's all what I yam.” His girlfriend is the gangly, uncoordinated Olive Oyl, for whose attention Popeye vies constantly with Bluto, his bearded, hulking rival. Other recurring characters include J. Wellington Wimpy, a hamburger-loving coward; Swee'pea, Popeye's adopted baby (whom he calls his “infink”); and Poopdeck Pappy, Popeye's anarchic father.

From 1933 to 1942 brothers Max and Dave Fleischer produced numerous cartoon short subjects in which an animated Popeye was voiced by Jack Mercer and other actors. In the 1960s and '70s Popeye cartoons were made for American television, where the old cartoons also found a wide audience. Popeye comic books were produced from the 1930s to the 1970s. The likenesses of Popeye and other characters in the strip were widely marketed on toys, clothing, and other merchandise. Robin Williams portrayed the old salt in the live-action film Popeye (1980).

Bing Cosby and Bob Hope had seven "Road Comedies"
- The Road to Morocco
- The Road to Utopia
- The Hurricane
- More but I need to do more research.


Columbus, Christopher (Italian Cristoforo Colombo, Spanish Cristóbal Colón) (1451-1506), Italian-Spanish navigator who sailed west across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a route to Asia but achieved fame by making landfall, instead, in the Caribbean Sea. Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy

Conti, Niccolò dei (circa 1395-1469), Venetian traveler and geographer. From about 1419 to 1444 Conti traveled throughout the Middle East and Far East, visiting Syria, Arabia, Persia, India, Burma (now known as Myanmar), Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Sumatra, Java, and Egypt. During his travels he was at one time forced to renounce his belief in Christianity, a deed for which Pope Eugene IV prescribed, as penance, that he dictate his adventures to the papal secretary, Giovanni Poggio Bracciolini. This account, written about 1447 in the fourth volume of Bracciolini's De Varietate Fortunae (On the Vagaries of Fortune), was not published until 1723. It is an invaluable source of information about the regions visited, many of which had been previously unknown to the Western world. An English translation of Conti's work, India in the Fifteenth Century, appeared in 1857.

Cook, Thomas (1808-92), British travel agent, born in Melbourne, England. He became a missionary in 1828 and later was an active temperance worker. In 1841 he chartered a special train to carry passengers from Leicester to Loughborough for a temperance meeting. The success of the guided excursion led to the formation of a travel agency bearing his name. Cook organized personally conducted tours throughout Europe and procured traveling and hotel accommodations for tourists making independent trips. He also provided travel services, including the furnishing of supplies and personnel, for the British government on several occasions, notably the final expedition of the British general Charles George Gordon to the Sudan in 1884. 1

Darwin, Charles Robert (1809-1882), British scientist, who laid the foundation of modern evolutionary theory with his concept of the development of all forms of life through the slow-working process of natural selection. ...
After graduating from Cambridge in 1831, the 22-year-old Darwin was taken aboard the English survey ship HMS Beagle, largely on Henslow’s recommendation, as an unpaid naturalist on a scientific expedition around the world.
- Charles Darwin Research Blog

Halliburton, Richard - 1900-1939
An American traveler, adventurer and author, best now for swimming the Panama Canal

Ibn Batuta (1304-c. 1369), Arab traveler and author, whose book Rihlah (Travels) is an important source for the history and geography of the medieval Muslim world. Batuta was a Berber born in Tangiers. His full name was Muhammad ibn Abdullah ibn Batuta. Beginning with his first journey in 1325, a religious pilgrimage to Mecca, he covered some 120,700 km (some 75,000 mi), extending from Spain in the West to China in the East; from Tombouctou in West Africa to the Steppes of Russia. His book includes descriptions of the Byzantine court of Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) and the Black Death of Baghdad (1348).

Lewis and Clark Expedition, first United States overland exploration of the American West and Pacific Northwest, beginning in May 1804 and ending in September 1806. The expedition was commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson and led by army officers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The exploration covered a total of about 13,000 km (about 8,000 mi), from a camp outside St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back. Like other scholars in his time, Jefferson believed in the existence of a Northwest Passage, or some kind of water connection between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The principal goal of the expedition was to locate such a route and survey its potential as a waterway for American westward expansion. Although Lewis and Clark did not find this route, the expedition succeeded in making peaceful contact with Native Americans and uncovering a wealth of knowledge about the peoples, geography, plants, and animals of the western United States.(2)

Livingstone, David
born March 19, 1813, Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scot.
died May 1, 1873, Chitambo, Barotseland [now in Zambia]
In his 30 years of travel and Christian missionary work in southern, central, and eastern Africa—often in places where no European had previously ventured—Livingstone may have influenced Western attitudes toward Africa more than any other individual before him or since. His discoveries—geographic, technical, medical, and social—provided a complex body of knowledge that is still being explored. In spite of his paternalism and Victorian prejudices, Livingstone believed wholeheartedly in the African's ability to advance into the modern world. He was, in this sense, a forerunner not only of European imperialism in Africa but also of African nationalism.

Magellan, Ferdinand (1480?-1521), Portuguese-born Spanish explorer and navigator, leader of the first expedition to circumnavigate, or sail completely around, the world. He was born in northern Portugal.

Magellan’s Voyage Portuguese sea captain Ferdinand Magellan and his crew were the first Europeans to sail around the world, proving that the world was round. From 1519 to 1521 Magellan, with five ships and a Spanish crew of about 250 men, searched for a western route to the Moluccas, or Spice Islands. He was killed on April 27, 1521 when he interfered in a dispute between indigenous people in the Philippines. Only two of his ships continued to the Spice Islands. The two ships then made separate return voyages, and only one, commanded by Juan Sebastián del Cano, completed the trip back to Spain.© Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Magellan set out to reach the East Indies by sailing westward from Europe, which no one was sure could be done. He intended to return by the same route, but after his death his crews found that the prevailing winds required them to keep sailing west, around the world. (2)

Michener, James A. (1907- ), American writer was born in New York City. Wrote classic travel book "The Drifters" Has traveled the world.

Polo, Marco (1254?-1324), Italian traveler and author, whose writings gave Europeans the first authoritative view of life in the Far East.

Twain, Mark, pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), American writer and humorist, whose best work is characterized by broad, often irreverent humor or biting social satire. Twain's writing is also known for realism of place and language, memorable characters, and hatred of hypocrisy and oppression. Mississippi river.

Wise Men of the East, also called Magi or Three Kings of the Orient. In the Gospel according to Matthew, noble pilgrims followed a guiding star to Israel to pay homage to the newborn Christ Child, bringing with them gold, frankincense, and myrrh. When the men reached Jerusalem, they asked King Herod the Great for assistance in finding the child. Herod asserted that he did not know where the child could be found, but he asked the men to return to his palace after they had seen the future ruler. Because of a warning in a dream, the men did not return to Herod.

born 484 BC?, Halicarnassus, Asia Minor [now Bodrum, Tur.]? died 430–420
Herodotus was a wide traveler. His longer wandering covered a large part of the Persian Empire: he went to Egypt, at least as far south as Elephantine (Asw(n), and he also visited Libya, Syria, Babylonia, Susa in Elam, Lydia, and Phrygia. He journeyed up the Hellespont to Byzantium, went to Thrace and Macedonia, and traveled northward to beyond the Danube and to Scythia eastward along the northern shores of the Black Sea as far as the Don River and some way inland. These travels would have taken many years. - Encyclopedia Britannica 2003

Eric The Red - Norway
By name of Erik Thorvaldson, Norwegian Eirik Raude, or Eirik Torvaldssonfounder of the first European settlement on Greenland (c. 986) and the father of Leif Eriksson, one of the first Europeans to reach North America.

As a child, Erik left his native Norway for western Iceland with his father, Thorvald, who had been exiled for manslaughter. In the Scandinavian style of the time he was known as Erik Thorvaldson and in his youth was nicknamed Erik the Red. When Erik was similarly exiled from Iceland about 980, he decided to explore the land to the west (Greenland). That land, visible from the mountaintops of western Iceland, lay across 175 miles (280 km) of water; it had been skirted by the Norwegian Gunnbjörn Ulfsson earlier in the 10th century. Erik sailed in 982 with his household and livestock but was unable to approach the coast because of drift ice. The party rounded the southern tip of Greenland and settled in an area near present Julianehåb (Qaqortoq). During the three-year period of Erik's exile, the settlers encountered no other people, though they explored to the northwest, discovering Disko Island (now Qeqertarsuaq).