Edit: February 21st 9:51pm, Congo
Hi people! THANK YOU for making this a nice experience!! Where were all the trolls? Didn't miss them ;) The questions posed were great and most of them had me thinking a lot. Once again thank you!
I'll check back in later and answer whatever extra questions might still arrive.
I'm Thor from the small kingdom of Denmark in the high north of Europe. I am travelling to every country in the World without flying or returning to my home country until the end. No one in history has ever visited every country in the world without flying. That is a point of view and all comes down to how you define "a visit to a country" or how you define "without flying": See more about that below.
The project is called "Once Upon A Saga". Check out our recent video at (https://youtu.be/rT8i9NtQBgg)
Since October 2013 I have already traveled to exactly 100 countries and visited every country within the western hemisphere (as well as 37 European and 25 African countries) and have had many adventures along the way. A few notable experiences include my North-Atlantic crossover (see here http://youtu.be/QMjgBsJETKA ) and goofing around in South America (see here http://youtu.be/hbBNKaRPYoQ). Currently I am in Congo, on my way out of Central Africa to the next step of the journey: the rest of Africa.
My motto for this journey is "A stranger is a friend you've never met before", and so far, I haven’t been disappointed.
The media often portrays the sensationalist aspects of the world, such as Ebola, terrorism, hunger, war, corruption etc. However, for the majority of all people the world, family, friends, sport, food and weather are more important. This trip is mainly about people, cultures, life, breaking barriers, and adventure. A good example of this was my interview with my good friend Alex, in Reykjavik (see here: http://youtu.be/4iKqSIPf1yc)
Due to the compelling nature of this project, I have been given the honor of traveling as goodwill ambassador for the Danish Red Cross. The project promotes the Red Cross globally and its humanitarian action. The Red Cross has found its way to 190 countries around the world and is truly universal. This honor gives me an added purpose to my journey (The Red Cross is an official partner, but does not support the project financially. Once Upon A Saga is financially supported by Ross Offshore).
Since I am traveling to every country in the world I am also taking pictures and providing stories from each country. People are given the chance to see that travel is affordable, possible and that the world is not a big scary place. I would love to share my experience with the Voat community, and it's a great opportunity to let as many people as possible know about this project.
Once Upon a Saga is actively followed by more than 22,000 people now on various social media. What is more extraordinary is that people are following from over 100 different countries. It is a truly international project! ;)
Feel free to check out my website: www.onceuponasaga.dk
Or like me on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter!
So, what does it mean to travel the world WITHOUT FLYING?
Although it has been decided for this project that a visit can not be less than 24 hours I really like fellow viking Gunnar Garfors' definition of a visit. He writes:
"I must have done something there and have a story to tell. To merely step across the border doesn't count".
If you want to say you have done it without flying then I think it's best if you didn't fly ;) Some say that it is okay to fly whenever you want as long as you return to where you left off, and continue from there. I disagree :)
So there it is. It's as simple as that. The race is still open if you want to be the first person to achieve it. But what matters to me most is that someone does it. Hopefully by completing the undone we will push the barriers of mankind and inspire others to do even more.
After all, where does inspiration come from?
“A stranger is a friend you’ve never met before.”