Torbjørn C. Pedersen is a 35-year-old Danish man on what might seem like an almost impossible mission that is at the same time remarkable, inspiring, and admirable. He calls it “Once Upon A Saga.”
On October 10, 2013, Pedersen set out on a journey that he expects will take him about four years to finish: visit every country in the world, which by his count 203 countries or nation states, without getting on a flight and living on just $20 per day. So far, he’s visited 65 countries, and at the time of this post, he is in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
His plan also includes spending at least 24 hours in each country before moving onto the next, traveling by train, bus, or boat, and meeting and interacting with many interesting people and cultures along the way.
Perhaps the best part is that Pedersen’s motivations for this journey go beyond just the thrill and adventure of it all. Ultimately, his goals are to show others that they too can travel on a small budget and to remind people that the world is still filled with good, kind, and helpful people and that we are all more alike than we are different. He believes that a stranger is just a friend you’ve never met before.
Below is a short interview a fellow traveler did with Pedersen after they met during Pedersen’s stay at a hostel in Iceland earlier this year:
To see where this world traveler will go next, you can follow along with his journey!
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