VISITED EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

About Henrik

In 2006, I began my journey out into the world. Ten years later, I had visited every country on earth. As CNN wrote, I did it on a shoestring budget. A lot of challenges, experiences and stories which you can read about on this website.

I grew up in the Danish countryside where there wasn't much to do. I decided travel should be a priority at an early age.

  • Visited every country in the world
    (January 5th 2006- April 1st 2016)

  • Full-time traveller for seven years
    (July 3rd 2010 - July 3rd 2017)

  • 900+ Flights.

  • 10 Passports.

  • Approximately 2,500 Travel Days.

  • Sponsored by more than 100 airlines.

  • Flown with more than 200 different airlines.

  • Stayed at some of the world's best hotels. In total, more than 1,200 hotels, many local homes and sometimes public places.

  • Hitchhiked with approximately 1,000 different cars.

  • Now based in Denmark. No longer travelling full-time, but with plans to visit the remaining territories while working on other projects and ideas.

    Interested in working with me?
    My email is info@henriktravel.com
    • Traveller

      I have visited every country in the world, and I did it before my 28th birthday. I continue to travel.

      My next goal is to visit every territory in the world. It's even harder than visiting every country.

      Status: 98 of 132 visited. 34 left.



    • Public Speaker

      I speak about my journey to every country in the world and teach people how to travel better and cheaper.


    • Social Media

      130.000+ followers, a Klout score of 70+ and verified by Twitter as an account of public interest.


    • Travel Blogger/Writer

      Writing about my experiences from around the world on this site.

    Latest Articles

    You can also read my Favourite Articles

    Tips

    Here are my top general tips.
    For more tips, you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, read my blog, and my interviews with the media.
    Travel With No Money

    I believe it is possible for almost everyone to travel the world. Even without money.

    Accommodation and transport are the biggest expense when travelling.

    Couchsurfing
    Stay with local people for free around the world. I have stayed with many locals around the world and never had an issue, but keep in mind things, of course, can happen. Make sure to check the reviews and don’t stay at a place with no reviews.

    Click here to read more about Couchsurfing.


    Hitchhiking
    I have hitchhiked with more than 1,000 cars with no issues. It’s a great way to experience the local culture wherever you go completely free of charge.


    Click here to read my guide to hitchhiking the world. Hitchwiki is another great site.

    Travel On a Low-Budget

    It’s a bit easier to travel if you have a bit of money. Airbnb is a much cheaper alternative to hotels in many cases.

    The best tip for transport is to use low-cost airlines and low-cost buses. Sign up for their newsletters to get notified when they have promotions.

    Low-Cost Airlines Includes
    AirAsia, Air Arabia, EasyJet, Fastjet, Jetblue, Jetstar, Ryanair, Spirit Airlines and Tiger Airways.

    Low-Cost Buses Includes
    Boltbus, Eurolines, Greyhound Express, Megabus and Peter Pan Bus

    Travel Light
    One important rule to take advantage of the low fares is to travel light. No check-in luggage as it can cost you more than the ticket itself. Airlines have different rules, but try to keep it to a maximum of six kilogrammes and 55x40x20 cm in size.

    Focus on cost-saving
    Meals at supermarkets for less than a dollar in many countries.

    Vacation

    Travelling for months is not for everyone.

    I recommend using a hotel search engine like Hotels25 to compare the best offers on different booking sites.

    Make sure you check hotel reviews before booking. Sites like Tripadvisor, Trip.com and HolidayCheck, are great.

    However, for luxury hotels, you should look less at reviews as there are many discerning travellers. Instead, I recommend hotels that part of a prestigious organisation like Relais & Châteaux (Especially if great food is important to you), Small Luxury Hotels of the World or The Leading Hotels of the World. If not, they should at least be listed on sites like Five Star Alliance, Kiwi Collection or Tablet Hotels.

    For flights, there are many good search engines. I recommend Flights25.com as it compares many different booking sites.

    “He who would travel happily must travel light.”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

    Start a Travel Blog

    Want to go all in on travel? Starting a travel blog would be the way to go. Here are my five tips for starting a travel blog.


    1. You need a domain name
    Preferably a .com domain. Not a sub-domain blog. Take your time to come up with the best name.

    2. You need a great web hosting company
    I have tried different sites, like Bluehost, but learned an important lesson. Don’t choose a domain provider with poor reviews. You don’t want to have issues to your website. It can be tempting to go with the cheapest option, but please look at the reviews.

    The best option is in my opinion SiteGround with outstanding hosting and service. If you find it difficult to set everything up, SiteGround’s support chat can help you in every step of the way. I am extremely happy with this company that has, at the time of writing this guide, a Trustpilot score of 9.7. Bluehost 2.2. Go figure.

    Start Travelling

    I was afraid to travel as a teenager. It took some time to get comfortable with travel. Many people are afraid to travel. The best tip is to start in your comfort zone. Here is the step-by-step plan to become a world traveller.

    1. Visit a nearby city in your country.

    2. Travel more in your country.

    3. Visit your neighbouring country.

    4. Travel with a tour operator or book through a travel agency on your first trip to a country that is significantly different than your own.

    5. Travel in countries with a lot of tourists and with/or great infrastructure for travellers.

    6. You should now be ready for the more adventurous, but safe countries. Like an overland trip in a safe part of Africa.

    7. You are now a world traveller and can travel anywhere.

    Visit Every Country

    on a budget.
    If you have a lot of money and time, it should be fairly easy. I didn’t have a lot of money. As I told CNN, I did it on approximately 25 dollars a day. You can do the same if you follow the tips on this page. Besides the tips I’ve already shared, here are a few final tips on how to visit every country.


    Be creative with visas
    Many visas are difficult to get in your home country. Instead, get the ones you can on the road. Rabat, Morocco is a great place to get visas for many African countries easily.


    Follow actively on Twitter
    Follow travel bloggers and deal specific accounts on Twitter not to miss out on free points, miles, promotions and incredible deals.


    Read my article about how I visited every country for more details.

    Links I Use

    Besides the links in the other tips, I use the following for my travels:

    Uber
    Cheap, private transportation via their App in over 60 countries.

    Wikitravel
    Open source travel guide I use to find things to do, travel tips and visa information about the places I visit.

    Lonely Planet Forum
    Lots of unique travel tips and a lot of inspiration from other travellers.

    Awardwallet
    AwardWallet keeps track of loyalty programs, such as your frequent flyer miles, hotel and credit card points.

    F-Secure Freedome VPN
    A private VPN is important when travelling the world. Social media sites and calling apps are blocked in many countries, but with a VPN you can unblock it. Freedome is the best I’ve used.

    Start a Travel Blog Part II

    3. Use Wordpress and a Great Theme
    Spend some time to find a theme for your blog. I am using the Zerif Pro theme from Theme Isle that has an excellent collection of responsive Wordpress themes.


    4. Set-up Social Media and be Active
    I focus only on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It takes up a lot of time, and I think it’s best to focus only on those three. Tip: Schedule content in advance to stay up to date. I use Crowdfire.


    5. Great Content
    The hardest part. Creating great content. What works for me is to do things a bit differently from others by having visited many destinations where only a few, if any, travel bloggers have been.

    Try to look for the unique travel story when travelling instead of travelling where everyone else is going. Come up with an idea or concept you believe in and work hard.

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    "Henrik Jeppesen has taken the Internet by storm." - The Independent