Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The adventurer, Tourbijon Pedersen, seeks to visit all countries of the world in one trip, but without traveling on a flight to any of them.
After spending 6 and a half years on the road, with a budget of $ 20 a day, Pedersen is far from achieving his ambitious goal of only 9 countries.
But there is one problem, which is that he is currently stuck in Hong Kong due to the Corona virus pandemic.
As the 41-year-old man waited in the city to board the ship at his next stop, the “Paclfic” archipelago in the Republic of Palau, the Corona pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions impeded his flight.
But the Danish and Goodwill Ambassador of the Danish Red Cross is determined to make the most of this situation.
The Dane spent his days taking several hiking trails in Hong Kong, working with the local Red Cross Society, and giving motivational speeches.
Pedersen also updated his blog, Once Upon a Saga, as he records his adventures during his trip around the world.
Pedersen told CNN he was trying to make the best use of the time he spent in Hong Kong.
Pedersen said that because of “what is happening in the world, it will take at least another year to achieve its goal.”
Pedersen added that he is thinking of giving up his goal after being tired from traveling, but at the same time he is stubborn and persistent.
During his childhood, the Pedersen family traveled between Toronto, Vancouver and New Jersey to his father’s work in the textile industry.
Pedersen indicated that he acquired a sense of doing business and getting up early from his father, as for the characteristics of adventure and wandering in the woods, he gained it from his mother.
Pedersen explained that his mother works as a tourist guide, so she speaks several languages, and has always been interested in the countries of the world.
Bidders had the idea of trying this particular challenge, which is to visit all countries on a non-stop and without a single flight, by chance, through an article sent to him by his father.
6 years away from home
After 10 months of careful planning, Pedersen left on October 10, 2013.
Initially, Pedersen planned to travel throughout Europe, then to North America, and then to South America, then the Caribbean, Africa, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Asia, all the way to the remote islands of the Pacific.
Pedersen explained that his work in the field of shipping and logistic services helped him find solutions and make his tasks more efficient, adding that the project such as the one he aims to achieve may take 20 years “if you are not accurate”.
According to the United Nations, there are 195 sovereign countries in the world, but Pedersen will not stop there. By the end of his trip, he will have visited 203 countries.
In order to achieve his goal, Pedersen imposed very strict rules on himself, as he must spend at least 24 hours in each country, and he can only return to his home when he reaches the end of his journey.
In addition, Pedersen planned to visit the Red Cross Society, also known as the Red Crescent or Red Crystal by the Place) to raise awareness about its local initiatives.
He has so far visited Red Cross societies in 189 countries, an achievement his uncle Biderson says is unprecedented.
Of course, the basic rule lies in its goal to exclude air travel, so Pedersen will need to traverse the world by trains, taxis, buses, tuk tuk, ferries, and ships.
Pedersen relied mainly on cargo ships to travel long distances, and worked closely with several shipping companies.
In some cases, Pedersen relied on his professional relationships. In other cases, his relationship with the Red Cross helped him.
Pedersen noted that natural disasters or hurricanes cannot be planned, adding that they have disrupted his itinerary many times.
However, he kept his promise to himself and to his thousands of online followers who had a lot of interest in following his journey.