The Road to 193 is a series of interviews with world travelers who are on a quest to visit all 193 United Nations recognized sovereign countries. Less than 300 travelers from around the world have visited all 193 UN countries, according to NomadMania, a non profit organization that validates the countries and regions visited by its community of travelers through a rigorous verification process. The goal of visiting all 193 countries is elusive at times and fraught with challenges including trying to get a visa, going to a war torn country, finding passage to a remote island nation, traveling to dangerous locations and when the budget doesn’t quite fit the bill. But once conquered, the traveler joins an exclusive club of world travelers who persisted to reach their final destination.
Riza Rasco is a co-founder of Philippine Global Explorers and Founder of Explore Africa for Impact.
Odette Aquitania Ricasa is poised to be the first Filipino American to visit all 193 UN recognized sovereign countries. She has visited 189 countries.
Hazel Borres Apuhin is a co-founder of Itchy Feet Adventures.
Bengt Enbuske has traveled to all 193 UN recognized sovereign countries.
Jazmin Gaite, lawyer and entrepreneur, has traveled to 90 countries.