Travel tips from a Danish vagabond who's trekked the world

Danish globetrotter Henrik Jeppesen is the youngest person to visit all 193 member states in the United Nations at age 27 - and he still has more territories to explore.

He travelled between 2006 and 2016, filling his passport with stamps from countries across the world.

He says he was inspired to travel after watching many foreign films and went on his first trip at 17.

After watching television I thought it would be better to go out into the world and experience all those wonderful countries first hand instead looking at them through the screen.

Henrik Jeppesen, adventurer and travel blogger

Initially, he travelled 50 countries in four years and then reached 100 countries in 2012 before deciding to go for all 193 countries.

The last country Jeppesen visited of the 193 was Eritrea in East Africa.

Jeppesen spent at least four months in South Africa and says it's by far one of his favorite countries to visit.

He says travelling alone has been an eye-opening experience and creates opportunities for him to meet new people.

The adventurer spent many months travelling on a shoestring budget and he was later sponsored by some hotels and airlines for the final legs of his trip.

I flew from Denmark to Morocco at an equivalent of R8.

Henrik Jeppesen, adventurer and travel blogger

He gave the following advice on how to travel on a tight budget:

  • live with locals: 'couchsurfing' or Airbnb
  • subscribe to airline newsletters for discounts
  • visit supermarkets
  • hitchhike where safe
  • travel light

He's visited South Africa, New Zealand, Italy, Maldives, Australia, Rwanda, Vanuatu, Palau, Seychelles, Thailand, Sweden, Laos, Bhutan, Japan, Fiji, Estonia, Namibia, Botswana and the USA - to name but a few.

Jeppesen talks about his travels, share some travel tips and talks about his most memorable experiences.

Visit Henrik Jeppesen's blog for more travel advice and check out his Instagram account.

Take a listen to the inspiring conversation:


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