Originally from the suburbs of Toronto, Canada, Scott Shelley is a Physics Laboratory Instructor at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He moved to the US in 1997.
Scott has spent the last thirty years attempting to systematically visit every country in the world, while simultaneously minimizing the cost of flights. He believes that planning trips is half the fun. To date, he has visited 192 of the 193 United Nations Member States.
He lives in an old house with his extremely patient and understanding wife Julie (who quietly worries but never objects when he chooses a dangerous location to visit) and their three cats: Kit, Glow, and Noodle.
Apart from planning his global journeys, Scott enjoys seeing live music and collecting music memorabilia.
On this episode of the show, Scott shares his one way ticket to, in his words “rainy, kind of dank, Manchester England in the early 1980s” to enjoy the music scene then and there.
During the course of the conversation, Scott also shares:
- How and why he got started on his path to visit every country
- The best time to book air tickets
- How he leverages credit cards to fund his travels (he has no sponsors!) and to keep costs down
- The often times byzantine world of obtaining visas
- The beauty of travel for travel’s sake
- The sentimental item he never leaves home without
- Why Namibia is worth visiting twice
- His 193rd and last country he has left to visit.
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