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With a membership of only around 100, it’s one of the most exclusive clubs on Earth. In fact, more people have been to outer space than have earned their way into this, the ultimate travel club. According to the United Nations there are 193 sovereign nations in the world. Welcome to the only podcast to bring you the stories from the dedicated few who’ve spent their lives on the singular quest of traveling to them all. Welcome, to Counting Countries. With your host, Ric Gazarian.
 
United Planet Radio is a podcast where we chat with leaders, influencers and visionaries who spend time promoting United Planets goal of cross-cultural understanding. On our show, we have conversations which we believe work to connect others across the globe. In short, improving global knowledge through dialogue is the first step to generating a more united planet.
 
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At the SCI, before the Coronapocolypse, I interviewed Garry Rone, a digital artist. He's been doing art for 30 years. Over 15 minutes, I ask him: How did Rone start doing art? How does Rone deal with the lack of inspiration? What does he think of crypto kitties and blockchain art? How does he deal with the piracy of digital art? Where will he take …
 
Gary Arndt has a new podcast called Everything Everywhere Daily. I highly recommend subscribing to it. I talk with Gary about: How does he come up with topics to discuss Why he doesn't do 3-minute podcasts (but he usually keeps it under 10 minutes) Where does Nike's "Just Do It" slogan come from Which are his most popular podcasts? How GPS works Wh…
 
Kyle and Leanne Huebner did what few large families dare to do: embark on a one-year on a world tour. COVID-19 cut their journey short by three months, but they still walked away with plenty of experiences and lessons. They share much on their detailed blog, Global Teen Adventures. See the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gre7p4AybNw We discu…
 
Key Links Untamed Borders Support Counting Countries, and check out these trips from G Adventures Support Counting Countries at Patreon Counting Countries Apparel A fleeting tweet recently connected me to Graham Hughes and paved the way for this podcast. I had reached out to him years ago, but my email ended up in a spam folder. So for those who sa…
 
Jaco Oosthuizen attended the Safari Club International show 22 years in a row. In 2020, he was named The Hunter of the Year. I ask Jaco Oosthuizen: How have things have changed for hunters since the previous century? Does hunting have a place in the 21st century or is it outdated? Why do poachers poach? What does he do that other hunters don't do? …
 
WanderLearn promises to explore travel and technology. So let's travel through our solar system with a NASA astrophysicist! About six months ago, Underknown's What If channel hired me to interview two prominent NASA astrophysicists. They wanted to find out what would happen if Earth became one of Jupiter's moons. I'm unsure why they wanted to know …
 
It's a perverse question, but what's an acceptable number of unarmed people that the police may accidentally shoot every year? Of course, many people's knee-jerk answer will be, "Zero!" If you answered that way, it's time to take a deep breath and relax. We're going to embark on a cold-hearted exercise that requires rationality, logic, and a heavy …
 
WanderLearn promises to explore travel and technology. So let's travel through our solar system with two NASA astrophysicists! About six months ago, Underknown's What If channel hired me to interview two prominent NASA astrophysicists. They wanted to find out what would happen if Earth became one of Jupiter's moons. I'm unsure why they wanted to kn…
 
Key Links Untamed Borders Support Counting Countries, and check out these trips from G Adventures Support Counting Countries at Patreon Counting Countries Apparel I had the opportunity to speak with world travelers Martina Sebova and Rachel Davey, who comprise the Very Hungry Nomads. This was my first outing of attempting to interview two people at…
 
To celebrate the 100th WanderLearn episode, I'm thrilled to announce that we are close to passing 100,000 cumulative downloads! This 100th episode is dedicated to my Patrons! Watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/DdJN3xQ-Mz8 Ask Me Anything! I answer your questions, such as: Tamy, who wrote: "I had no idea Swaziland had changed its name to eSwatini…
 
Today, we passed a grim milestone: 650,000 COVID-19 deaths worldwide. I advise you to watch this on YouTube so you can see the graphs and other visuals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7TSueZPF_I I predicted 1.5 million deaths. You can get the latest Coronavirus data at John Hopkins. I compare the 650,000 coronavirus deaths with annual worldwide i…
 
Traveling Mitch is, a bit unexpectedly, really called Christopher Mitchell. He's lived in the center of the world: Istanbul. For centuries, Istanbul was the world's biggest city. It was the center of the Old World. Today, it's still the 3rd most populous city and straddles two continents. Traveling Mitch and I also discuss: Ataturk - The Modern Fou…
 
Last year, I interviewed Brittany Hosmer Longoria about the leopard she shot in Nambia. In 2020, I met her again to discuss: Does she still get heat for her leopard photo? What impact does banning trophy hunting have? What are the biggest myths people have about hunters that she would like to dispel? What was she doing in Pakistan? You can follow h…
 
Want more money to travel or hike? Although being a frugal traveler is half the battle, the other half is making money. There are three ways to make money: Getting paid to do a job Investing it Stealing it Since we're all boy scouts, we'll skip the third option. Most people focus on option #1 (e.g., your salary). We often ignore the second option: …
 
Key Links Untamed Borders Support Counting Countries, and check out these trips from G Adventures Support Counting Countries at Patreon Counting Countries Apparel It was back in February and I was preparing for several months of non-stop travel. That meant I had to record and prepare five podcasts prior to my trip so I could publish them once my tr…
 
I interviewed three men regarding South Africa's Greater Balepye Nature Reserve: Prince Dipati Benjamin Maenetja of the Greater Balepye Nature Reserve. Louis B. Ebersöhn, CEO of African Wildlife Services. Dr. T. Wayne Schwertner of Tarleton State University. Louis started guiding safaris in 1994. Freelancing at first but soon started his own Outfit…
 
Ladan Jiracek and I talk about: Our world's future. Will the USA be screwed or on top? What about the rest of the world? Our brain's future. Will we get neural implants? Ladan is getting his Ph.D. to help develop technology that augments our brains. He's also traveled to over 100 countries. He hosts the Travel Wisdom podcast and the Neuro Implant P…
 
Do aliens exist? Have they visited (or are they visiting) our planet? Are all crop circles manmade? In this civil debate, Derek Loudermilk and I discuss these topics. Derek argues that these metaphysical things are real. I am extremely skeptical. Listen to both sides and comment on what you think. The one thing I forgot to mention was string theory…
 
Key Links Untamed Borders Support Counting Countries, and check out these trips from G Adventures Support Counting Countries at Patreon Counting Countries Apparel I have spoken to so many travel legends on Counting Countries, but this interview marks my first time speaking with a person, who gained their fame outside of the travel world. Joss Stone…
 
Around 2010, Forrest Fenn hid a multimillion-dollar treasure in the Rocky Mountains. Gold, gems, and other precious items are packed in a portable 12th-century bronze chest. Nearly half a million people have searched for it in vain. A couple of weeks ago, I spoke two hours with one of the foremost experts on Forrest Fenn's treasure, Dal Nietzel. It…
 
On Facebook, I wrote regarding the George Floyd riots, "I understand why people are angry, but does anyone think that widespread destruction and theft is justified? To my surprise, most people answered "Yes." Perhaps I was unclear, so Rejoice and I made this video/podcast to clarify my question. It's best to see the video: https://www.youtube.com/w…
 
Gary Arndt, a famous world-traveler, has been to chaotic places, but this week, chaos came to his hometown, Minneapolis. We talked last night while we heard rioting outside his window. On this recording, you'll hear sirens, honking horns, and helicopters. George Floyd's death sparked riots throughout the USA, but the epicenter is in Gary's backyard…
 
Flying to the South Pole and then to the North Pole in a small plane is extremely dangerous. Robert DeLaurentis, who is known as the Zen Pilot, is on the brink of pulling this off. I caught up with him when he was grounded in Spain during the Coronapocolypse. By the time this airs, he should be in Sweden. He plans to fly over 3 key places around th…
 
Key Links Untamed Borders Group Trip To Madagascar Support Counting Countries, and check out these trips from G Adventures Support Counting Countries at Patreon Counting Countries Apparel Francis popped up on my radar about a year ago, when former guest Fabio Cao brought him to my attention. I hit google up and quickly realized Francis was an accom…
 
Every four years, there's a US election, the World Cup, and the Olympics. They don't all happen in the same year, but they each have a 4-year cycle. In a few minutes, there's another event that happens once every for years that few talk about: the bitcoin halving. To celebrate, I'll give a simplified explanation of what the halving is and why it's …
 
As of today (May 11, 2020), 80,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. In 2018, 80,000 Americans died of the flu. It was a bad flu year. You can watch this on YouTube too. It's fascinating how we look at death. The Infection Fatality Rate of COVID-19 is about 10 times worse than influenza. Therefore, if we didn't shelter in place, perhaps we would h…
 
Read the article or watch the video about this podcast. It's helpful to see the graphs. I copied the article and graphs below, but use this link if the images don't pop up in your podcast player. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3k4CTL6fowA 8 Flaws in Bitcoin's Stock-to-Flow Model Will Doom It I love Bitcoin. Nothing would make me happier than to se…
 
When I travel, I love to observe common ground in a sea of diversity. The planet has over 100 currencies, but there's one thing that everyone agrees is money: gold. So far, COVID-19 has killed 200,000, which has added to the 5 million deaths that we suffer from communicable diseases every year. COVID-19 has also killed the global economy. The trave…
 
Last week, I got this email from Robert Hahn, whom I interviewed a couple of months ago on this podcast. He wrote: Hey Francis! I listened to your most recent podcast with Rejoice. Afterwards I looked into investment in crypto a bit. I was wondering what your thoughts are on platforms for buying and storing the virtual currency. I was also interest…
 
How do you think we should solve the Coronapocolypse? Should we keep sheltering in place for another month or two? What metrics would you look at to decide when enough is enough? Rejoice and I debate my solution to the Corona crisis. Rejoice also shares a few stories from Africa during this bizarre time. Leave your comments and solutions at WanderL…
 
Key Links Untamed Borders Group Trip To Madagascar Support Counting Countries, and check out these trips from G Adventures Support Counting Countries at Patreon Counting Countries Apparel I reached out to Melissa shortly after she announced her accomplishment of traveling to every country in the world. Social media and traditional media began repor…
 
Is the Coronavirus is overly hyped? Rejoice and I discuss that. I explain why you shouldn't hike your own hike in 2020. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't hike in 2020. I explain how and where to go hiking in 2020. Rejoice shares how COVID-19 is impacting Africa. More info You can post comments, ask questions, and sign up for my newsletter at http…
 
Thru-hiking can take social distancing to an extreme. Unless you camp close to random people or you spend lots of time in town when you resupply, you will be safely away from any contagion. That's why 2020 is the best year ever to thru-hike, especially if you recently lost your job. Put your stuff in storage (or sell it all). Stop paying rent. And …
 
On March 20, 2020, Rejoice and I spontaneously went Live on Facebook to share our thoughts about the Coronavirus pandemic. (Don't worry. The photo of us hugging was taken months before the Coronapocolypse.) In 2014, when the Ebola contagion was raging across West Africa, I was traveling in West Africa. The world was panicking. Some worried that it …
 
Liz Warner is going to run 30 marathons before she turns 30 years old in June 2020. However, her real accomplishment is raising nearly $30,000 for 20 charities in the process! In this podcast, we discuss some of the highlights and lowlights of her first 27 marathons and her Run To Reach experience. She's going to finish on Mt. Everest in late May 2…
 
On March 14, 2020, Dan Grec's Kickstarter will end. If you're listening to this before that date, buy Dan's book on Kickstarter. His book (and website) are called The Road Chose Me. If you're listening to this after March 14th, buy Dan Grec's book on Amazon. Why buy his book? Because for 999 days Dan Grec drove through 35 of the 54 African countrie…
 
Part 5 of 5 of the "What Can Americans Teach Europeans" series Snobby Europeans love to say that Americans have “no cuisine, no culture, no history.” Let’s refute this belief. We’ll begin with food. First, Americans brought hamburgers and Coca-Cola to the world. The French (and many others) will immediately sniff and say, “That doesn’t count.” Real…
 
Part 4 of 5 of the "What Americans Can Teach Europeans" series Americans are criticized for being ignorant of geography, languages, and the world in general. Let’s examine geography first. For example, someone from Slovakia often feels smart because he can name at least ten countries near him and explain what’s basically going on there. He says Ame…
 
Smile for Valentine's Day! Part 3 of 5 of the "What Americans Can Teach Europeans" Series Europeans often criticize the “American smile.” They say that Americans are fake, because they often smile when they are not really happy. Americans pretend to be happy to see you, when they’re not. A customer service representative might greet you with a chee…
 
Part 2 of 5 of the "What Americans Can Teach Europeans" series Several Eastern Europeans thought I worked for the CIA. They asked, “Why else would you be in Albania?” It’s hilarious what Eastern Europeans seriously believe the CIA does: A Slovenian told me that the “weird” weather they were experiencing was due to the CIA testing wacky weather-cont…
 
Part 1 of 5 in the Defending America Series. Throughout Eastern Europe, I asked, “What can your country teach America?” I’ve documented their excellent suggestions in The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us. As part of this process, Europeans often told me, quite bluntly, what they think of Americans. The fact that I’m half-European …
 
In early 2020, Randy Williams has been to 142 countries. Although this is remarkable, it's especially impressive when you consider that he's been working full-time for most of his life. It's understandable how someone who has years to travel is able to visit 142 countries, but doing it when you have a real job in the workaholic USA is hard. Randy W…
 
The Pilgrim's perspective Many people ask me, “What are you thinking about when you walk from sunrise to sunset in remote wildernesses?”Sometimes I’m just thinking of the next step. Other times I’m thinking about Megan Fox.However, during my pilgrimage, I do go into deep-thoughts mode occasionally. That’s what this article is about. It will lead to…
 
Olaf Ofstad (pictured) was my guest on my 59th WanderLearn episode, which was about how to avoid and survive a kidnapping. If you haven't listened to it yet, you should listen to it before listening to this episode. One listener wrote me an email asking questions and criticizing some issues about the show. Therefore, in this episode, I air those cr…
 
Before you look at these predictions, you should see how accurate my 7 predictions for 2019 were. Also, if you want to watch me talk about this, see it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwI739M9vKU In 2020...1. Bitcoin will end 2020 above $10,000. Unlike my previous two bitcoin predictions which were perfect (the 80% decline followed by t…
 
Last year, my podcast with Sym Blanchard became the 2nd most downloaded WanderLearn episode. It was super popular because he really was a fun guest. You must listen to it before listening to this podcast. Because he attracted so many listeners, I invited him back to the show! I begin the podcast asking Sym the most profound question I've always wan…
 
For the 2019 holidays, we're taking a flashback to over a decade ago. I started the WanderLearn podcast in 2008. I'm pulling this episode from the archives because it's one of my favorite episodes of that era. It was the first time that I met Julia Trutko, a Russophone Estonian. She had just moved to San Francisco from Florida. Although she was bor…
 
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