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The world's most travelled man : a twenty-three-year odyssey to and through every country on the planet
2017
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"This is the account of twenty-three years of wilderness wandering, sea voyages and overland treks to survey the earth, with no home or possessions other than what fit in my trusty backpack. There was no specific destination in mind except to visit countries, not the airports and luxury hotels but the country itself, to experience local culture and ways of life. This entailed sleeping in tribesmen's huts and cheap hostels and using local transportation whenever possible: traversing jungle roads packed eighteen souls to a single Peugeot station wagon in Guinea-Bissau, boating the length of the Amazon snacking on roasted piranha, and hitchhiking across Iraq during the war. I've floated on dilapidated ferries across surging estuaries, ridden horseback or in military trucks across deserts and plains, followed the course of rivers, crossed wastelands, bused and trekked through deep jungle, traversed mountain ranges and lounged on the remotest beaches. I adopted local customs and ate local food: roasted goat's eye as the guest of honour at a Mongolian tribal feast, alligator nuggets, mystery kabobs, 'bush meat' ubiquitous to certain regions of Africa ... but drew the line at wheelbarrows brimming over with smoked monkey corpses. A man's got to know his limitations." --Mike Spencer Bown

In 1990, Calgary-born Mike Spencer Bown packed a backpack and began a journey that would eventually take him through each of the world's 195 countries and span more than two decades. From relaxing on the white sand beaches of Bali to waiting out blizzards in Tibetan caves, Bown trekked from country to country, driven by a desire to see the world in the most authentic way possible, not to just collect stamps on his passport. Eventually, he began to earn international recognition for some of his more unconventional destinations--such as a memorable trip to war-torn Mogadishu.

The World's Most Travelled Man is an eye-opening account of the universal human experience as seen from each corner of the changing world. Blending a romantic connection to nature through solitude and the social examination of culture, Bown fully immerses himself in each experience, however diverse, dangerous or dirty, veering way, way off the backpacker circuit to see the world through an unparalleled perspective. The World's Most Travelled Man is a journey of global proportions shared with the humility of a man who simply wants to satisfy his own curiosity and live life to the fullest.

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In this enthralling memoir, Bown recounts his 23-year journey through every country in the world. It was never Bown's goal to simply set foot in every country and check it off his list. Instead, he wanted to immerse himself in each place he visited, traveling through rural and sometimes dangerous places to meet local people, try new cuisines, and satiate his curiosity. Considered by many as the most well-traveled person in the world, Bown views himself as an ordinary man with a trove of extraordinary memories and experiences. His prose manages to be both blunt and stimulating as he, quite successfully, condenses his adventures in 195 countries down to a digestible travelogue. From his accounts of traveling through the Middle East in the early aughts to gaining minor-celebrity status in Ireland, readers catch a glimpse of what it means to truly experience the human condition in all its forms. A delightful odyssey in itself, Bown's first book will inspire readers to seek out a new experience, even if it's just around the corner.--Smith, Patricia Copyright 2018 Booklist
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Table of Contents
Author's Notep. vii
Prologue: The Palace of the Windsp. 1
1Roughing It In The Bushp. 9
Canada
2The Trip Of Many Firstsp. 23
Costa Rica
Nicaragua
Guatemala
Honduras
El Salvador
Belize
Mexico
3Tropics And The Business Of Travelp. 40
Indonesia
Thailand
Burma
Cambodia
Singapore
4Colonized and Balkanized: Lumpers and Splittersp. 56
Australia
New Zealand
Albania
Croatia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Albania
Macedonia
5Iran, Iraq-What's The Difference?p. 76
England
Qatar
Iran
Bahrain
Oman
Jordan
Iraq
Turkey
Egypt
6Hub And Spokesp. 114
Central, Eastern, Southern Europe
Scandinavia
7Roof Of The Worldp. 124
China
Tibet
Nepal
India
8Railroading Russiap. 145
Russia
Siberia
9Penguins And Condorsp. 155
Uruguay
Paraguay
Peru
Chile
Bolivia
Argentina
Antarctica
10Red Sands, Black Seap. 168
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Uzbekistan
Tajikistan
Afghanistan
Turkmenistan
Azerbaijan
Armenia
Georgia
11The Mixing Of The Watersp. 205
Brazil
Colombia
12Steppes To The Far East
Kazakhstan
Mongolia
Japan
13The Forest Primevalp. 230
Morocco
Rwanda
Congo
Gabon
Cameroon
14Horn To The Bightp. 277
Greenland
Sudan
Somalia
Puntland
Malawi
Madagascar
Namibia
Angola
15Endless Islesp. 312
Caribbean
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Korea
South Pacific
16An Arab Springp. 326
Eritrea
Yemen
Kuwait
Spain
Italy
Cyprus
Greece
17Holy Lands And Visa Devilryp. 342
Jordan
Saudi Arabia
Israel
18Emerald Isle: Make New Friends and Keep the Oldp. 356
Ireland
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