Man Visits Every Country on Earth


Photo via World Records Academy

55-year-old Indian citizen Kashi Samaddar has completed an almost-seven year trip around the world. He has visited all 194 countries in the world, thereby setting a world record.
He spent £350,000 to visit every country on earth in the shortest time possible and thereby earnt himself a mention in the Guinness Book of Records - just don't expect to be thrilled by his pictures.

Samaddar's mission was inspired by trouble he had in South Africa in 2002 over his Indian passport. Samaddar then vowed to visit every country in the world to show it could be done.
The globe trotting adventurer was determined to complete the whole trip using his Indian passport - despite opportunities to adopt Australian and Canadian citizenship - as he wanted to prove an Indian could travel the world.

He also wanted to highlight the difficulties some nationalities encounter obtaining visas to enter countries - a problem he is very familiar with.

'The most difficult visa to get was Moldova, which took me almost three years with many rejections,' he said.

'The problem isn’t with big countries like America, England or places in Europe, a lot of the time it’s smaller countries who don’t know what they should be doing.'

To abide by Guinness Book rules, he traveled using only public transportation. The rules state you only have to set foot in a country to count it, which may explain Samaddar less-than-impressive tourist photographs.

The photo above is of Kashi's last place visited: Serbia Kosova on May 27 of 2008.

Links: Article at Daily Mail | More at World Records Academy.

From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by digimouse.

It wasn't "neat" when it had 5 down votes and it still isn't "neat" now on the main page.
This"submitters" decision crap is lame.

And while I'm at it, some admin needs to deal with artsyspots submission bot.
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I think it's neat. I mean, he gets to see every country! how many people can say they have gone around the world to see every country?? I'd be lucky to get to see another country. If I had the money, sure but I don't. So, someone else has... that's very cool of the guy.
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To Tim-you're a moron and you're lame. People should be allowed to write that they think it is neat without some twat posting about how lame they are-You're so LAME!
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hey dear,
i am persian....kashi did u enjoy PERSEPOLIS in persia?this place is very old with 2500 years of age...or did u visit CHUGHA ZANBIL? this place is 4000 years of age.

good luck
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I think this has already been done, and then some. Look up the name of Parke G. Thompson (my late father's friend and attorney). He visited all 300+ countries and territories on earth; which he completed some time back in the 1980's. This guy's 194 countries doesn't even come close.
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What's the point of visiting each country if you don't bother to enjoy it? That was my goal when I was in junior high (before I realized how unrealistic it was!) but I would enjoy the best each country had to offer too.
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Hmmm.... Get you're facts straight will you... You wrote: "The rules state you only have to set foot in a country to count it, which may explain Samaddar less-than-impressive tourist photographs. The photo above is of Kashi’s last country visited: Serbia on May 27 of 2008.".
You're wrong, he is in Kosova in that picture. And, he's standing in front of a hotel- in the center of the capital, Prishtina - which is a beautiful & modern city... I lived there. Cheers, Nikki
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Thats really cool, Even in this age many countries (I mean embassies) still treat Indian nationals bad. Most of them see you as a "prospective Illegal immigrant". Sad but true.
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Hmmm.... Get your facts straight will you... You wrote: "The rules state you only have to set foot in a country to count it, which may explain Samaddar less-than-impressive tourist photographs. The photo above is of Kashi’s last country visited: Serbia on May 27 of 2008.".
You're wrong, he is in Kosova in that picture. And, he's standing in front of a hotel- in the center of the capital, Prishtina - which is a beautiful & modern city... I lived there. Cheers, Nikki
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Wow !!!!!!!!!! the only word ...
I am Indian too .... This is realy a pleasure.
Nice
Come one INDIAN PEOPLE ...show the world we are not the just a small developing country
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I don't think the real main focus of the article was that he visited all the countries on our planet, nor that he's a holder of a world record, and more so that he did it because he's being discriminated against and was trying to prove his point.
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I think this is cool! How many people can say they have gone to every country in the world? Heck, I don't think I would even be able to get to all of the states in the US - and we can be in four states at one time!
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i think it is very cool. if i have time and money, i want to do that too. i have to wait till i am 60 years old so i have time to do that.....
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It's very neat when you consider that he had to visit "closed" and war-torn countries such as North Korea, Cote-d'Ivoire, and Sierra Leone.

Just getting into North Korea is an amazing accomplishment...
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Wow! All I have to say is kudos to him. I wish I had that kind of money available to challenge his record, but I don't. The only critique I have is, if you're going to try this type of stunt... at least take some decent pictures. After 7 years and 194 countries, you post the pic of you in Kosovo in front of some shabby hotel? Go figure.
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I think it's real neat because he's real objective was to highlight problems that some nationalities have obtaining visas to enter certain countries. Y'all don't get it. Some folks, like me, from places that are going through political turmoil,like Zimbabwe, get hassled trying to get visas and it sucks cuz I got the travelling bug and the ways and means but I can't enjoy God's green earth? wtf!
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Tim, how many countries have you traveled to ? Don't hate the guy for having the time and money to spend exploring the world, if only for a moment. Sure Guinness has set simple standards to capture this record, but 194 countries visited during this unstable global economic crisis we are in.. impressive accomplishment!
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I would LOVE to travel the world. Just the exposure to other people and their customs would be thrilling. I doubt I ever will get the opportunity, so I applaude your stamina to do this, now go back and enjoy some of the better places, take your time.
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Wow, I'm from moldova, and we ourselves have trouble getting visas to travel. I didn't know that it's so hard for an indian to get a visa to Moldova. I LOVE my country:)))
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yeah its great if you happen to be rich. all my life i havent even been able to visit 1 other country on my own although i would love to. hell i have to use my brothers computer just to make this post. no one ever doubted tyou could vissit every country. the question is....why would oyu want to? its another pat on the back from one rich person to another meanwhile thye dotn do anything to help the problems that fae this world when in fact theya re the only ones with the resources to do something abou tthat. but they wont cuz then they lose power. spend your money doing something more useful. whoopidy doo you have no becaome a rich idiot rather than just rich.
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Congratulations Mr. Kashi Samaddar. Now it's time for India. What Vasco De gama and Columbus could not do, Mr. Kashi Samaddar did it! Proudly Indian from India! Proud of you.
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" Tim Giachetti
November 23rd, 2009 at 11:13 am

It wasn't "neat" when it had 5 down votes and it still isn't "neat" now on the main page. "

*You're* the nerd who's counting how many votes a random blog post is getting.
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Wow! that's very inspiring. I traveled outside the U.S. for the first time to Europe last March, alone, and visited 5 different countries. That was the best vacation and learning experience I ever had so far, the best thing I've done for myself. Would definitely love to do it again. Congratulations and best wishes to you, Mr. Kashi Samaddar. May blessings follow you wherever you go!
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Its a wonderful record this man has created and i am not trying to steal his thunder but anyone who loves travelling can do this :
All he or she needs are two things: Money and Time
He had both. He has tons of money( i don't know from where) and he probably doesn't have a job coz if you had a job (especially in India) taking so many vacation days is kind-of hard.
I would have done it too. If i win a big lottery , the next thing i am going to do is quit my job and go globe-trotting.
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FOR ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE NOTHING NICE TO SAY, PLEASE DON'T EVER LET US SEE YOU ON HERE, WE COULD CARE LESS WHAT YOU DO OR SAY. ONCE AN ASSHOLE ALWAYS AN ASSHOLE. THOSE THAT CAN, DO, THOSE THAT CAN'T, BELITTLE. HAT OFF TO YOU FOR YOUR TRAVELS. HOPE THAT YOU HAD A WONDERFUL TIME. WRITE A BLOG ON ALL OF THE COUNTRIES THAT YOU TRAVELED, OR A BOOK, ON WHAT THE DO'S AND DONT'S OF EACH ONE. AND WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE LIKE, AND SO FORTH, SOUNDS LIKE A WONDERFUL LIFESTYLE TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS
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Wow, what an accomplishment. I have been to Europe and now starting to travel in Africa but every country in the world, wow. Good work Mr. Kashi Samaddar you are a real Globetrotter.
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I happen to think it was very neat, but of course he would hhave a few broke haters that can't afford to travel so they don't think its NEAT!
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I suggest we get a globe and count the countries because I'm pretty sure it's closer to 194 than 300 so I'm also pretty sure your father's friend was/is a FRAUD
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While were acknowledging how "Neat" this is, we need to be wondering about is how Samaddar got through each countrys customs with JUST an Indian passport, what's really got my attn. is how did samaddar come across the funds for this 7 year trip??? Does He work like the rest of us??? Makes you wonder how do terrorists get around so easy. I wouldn't fall in love with the story so much.
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Tim Giachetti is nothing but a hater... Either that or he's just narrow minded!

Congrats to Kashi! A feat not many can claim to! If that ain't "Neat", it sure is COOL!
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The last time I checked, things have to be pretty "neat" to make it to Guinness Book of World Records. I think it's inspiring.
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well i guess thats all fine and dandy, doesnt like every modern president dang near do that per term? and he gets paid for it, this chap paid for it himself. why do it? whats the point, especially if your not going to have some fun, big deal so he had a layover in japan on his way to korea. wooopdie doooo!!!!
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i needed an american visa so i applied in india , i was turned down , so i went to singapore instead , again i applied , again i was turned down , so i went to hong kong , again i was turned down , i went to london , worked as a waiter in a posh hotel , i went to southampton , again i was turned down , so i went to france , again i was turned down , i went to germany again i was turned down , so i went to spain where i finally got a big break and iam proud to say i am a citizen , for the past 40 years , what can i say . i am one of the few who i guess never give up .
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Wow ! Thats awesome ! Congratulations !
Thanks for highlighting the Visa issues for fellow Indians and all nationals travelling multiple countries for business/tourism puposes.

194 countries, 7 years, Guiness Record ..priceless for everything else one needs Golbe trotter Master/Visa card :)
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Heres an idea for all you unhappy people... get off the internet. if you dont like it, go away! or try being happy for someone. its very cool how he went around the whole world. good for him!
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now which generous social welfare system will he choose to settle with because of the cost he spent to achieve this. I'm guessing Sweden will make him a citizen next year and he'll be able to retire at the expense of the working people in that country. Visa requirements a strict here in the USA for a reason----we want to be sure you will head back to your country and not remain with your extended family on the government's dime!
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What about Arthur Blessitt???
He walked the entire globe with a wooden cross on his back. Of course he doesn't get mentioned because he did it for Christ. Like it or not, he was the original.
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hi, im dave
ive been to every state inda usa except alaska, been to canada, end to end and around mexico, no n so, im 55
my kid age 20 been to eng de ans france, now in aust and new ze, i say, power to em!
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that is amazing! i wanna visit some countries, but not all of them. i wanna visit a lot of places in europe and some places in the middle east, and asia. a couple in africa as well. he is so cool! keep rockin'!
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if you have money, you can do anything. Notice how much he spent, which in us dollars would be = $581315.75

How many people can say they have that much money to spend in 7 years? The national median for somenoe in america is $44,389. Not counting living expenses and the fact that time would be taken up with actually working, to get to the amount that this guy spent would take just over 13 years.

And to get past some visa hassles, he could hire people to help or make money cross hands. So money helps.

Anyone who had that much money could do the same, so as nice as this accomplishment is, ya gotta admit others could do the same with the same money and time.
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This is real nice. Who cares about his bad pictures. Imagine the experience he would have had. It was real moronic of the journo to make that comment.
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Wow! quite impressive. I sure would do the same thing if id only be given the chance...and the resources of course! I think its neat! Yeah! and cool too.. its worth the record! : )
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I agree this was "neat". It's not everyone who can claim to have been in every country (or even almost every country on Earth). If his claim is true though, he didn't really have time to see the sights and hear the sounds of most countries. Tim Giachetti seems to be a little jaded. this article was not lame. Have you been to 194 countries? Let us know please.
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Yes, How many countries were not just in the airport? What did he learn from these countries. I have been in 100 countries and all 50 states. I go to see what is of interest than just say I went there.
STEVE G.
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Visiting all 194 countries on an Indian passport is great reading and a great feat! If you have ever tried to get a visa, you would know they can be next to impossible to get sometimes. Try to visit Cuba from the US!
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It seems really dumb to me to rush through it and not enjoy each place. I would never just step my foot in one country and head for the next.
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Well the fact of visiting every country is pretty neat but i would, personally, like to spend some time to observe and experiance the lay of the land.
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Who ever think this is lame they are just their stupided kicking in. I bet if one of you visited all the country's you wouldn't want people saying it's lame, so dont do it to this hero.
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