This Man Travelled to Every Country in the World Before His 40th Birthday

While you’ve spent the last few years scanning dozens of Facebook photo albums from your friends in Southeast Asia and tagging your BFFs on Beautiful Destinations’ Instagram account, Norwegian Gunnar Garfors completed his goal to visit every country in the world.

At just 37 years old, he was the youngest person to have ever completed the feat.

Now 39, Garfors had visited 85 countries in 2008 when he decided to tack another 113 over the next five years, all the while somehow holding onto his job at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). Yes, that means he squeezed his adventures into five weeks of annual vacation time, plus two weeks or so of national holidays.

He recently published a fascinating book about his journey – 198: How I Ran Out Countries – that details some of the most exciting moments.

Garfors had to convince the Iranian ambassador that he wasn’t a spy, fool a French newspaper into believing he was an Afghani woman in a burqa, indulge in Obama beer in Benin, and even build his own log cabin along way.

Oh, and he also sported a suit jacket throughout, which he says assured him better service in most parts of the world.

And suddenly, we have a new contender for The Most Interesting Man in the World.