About five years ago I interviewed someone who told me he had traveled to 42 countries. I started counting on two hands how many countries I had visited in my lifetime and I was nowhere close. I was simultaneously saddened and excited: I resolved to go to at least one new country per year for the rest of my life. Several months went by and I was having breakfast at a cafe near my home; our server wore a t-shirt that said something about having run 1000 miles in one month, a challenge. This is was my aha moment for creating our 1 Country Per Year challenge.
Beginning in 2003, I've visited one new country every year. What I've noticed is how different a trip can be when it's for business compared to traveling for pleasure. Traveling for business is more about a trip but traveling for pleasure is more about a journey. It wasn't until recently that I traveled somewhere that had nothing to do with business and all to do with getting lost. I went to Kyoto for the first time and rediscovered my sense of wanderlust. I have had so much certainty in my travels lately that it was nice to travel with no agenda.
INDIA, SWITZERLAND, CHINA, BRAZIL, COSTA RICA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES,
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, SOUTH AFRICA,TAIWAN, PHILIPPINES, SINGAPORE,
TURKS AND CAICOS, THAILAND, CYMAN ISLANDS.
The thing I like most about traveling to a new country is understanding and experiencing new cultures. One of my favorite cultures is Japanese. It's a testament to the beauty and uniqueness of the Japanese people and way of life. A couple places I'm considering for 2014 1CPY are in South America: Argentina (I saw a film called Sidewalls that inspired me to check out Buenos Aires); Cartagena in Columbia also sounds interesting; and Uruguay. Next year is going to be tough planning all my travel, since I plan on spending a week or two in Brazil for the World Cup. In any case, I'm looking forward to making time for more 1CPY journeys. Everyone should take this simple challenge. I don’t want to wake up one day and realize that I'm 75 years old and have been nowhere, seen nothing. At Flight 001, we believe that travel makes for a richer life and a better person overall. We like to think we're creating a better world through travel. Where are you going next?