While many of us have dreams of travelling the world, few of us actually get around to doing it.
But one man in Australia is determined to see it all.
Introducing James Doran, he’s already travelled to 87 countries and has no intention of slowing down until he hits 196. His most recent stop? The greatest country in the world: Canada.
“I knew, for me personally, I wanted to go see the world and I wanted to have a purpose,” he told CTV News Channel from Whistler, B.C. “That purpose was seeing every country in the world.”
The former firefighter worked in Sydney for almost a decade, where he found himself growing increasingly uninterested in the life he was living. After a few of his friends in the fire department died, he finally decided to sell all of his possessions and embark on an adventure across the planet.
After nine months, he’s never looked back.
“All that stuff I gave away, I didn’t need it. I felt like it was weighing me down. Now that I’ve given all that stuff away, it’s just there in a small, little backpack I carry around the world with me. Things couldn’t be better, I’ve minimalized my life,” he said.
Now if you’re looking for some travel inspiration of your own, Doran’s a pretty good person to go to for advice. His favourite destination so far has been Chefchaouen, Morocco. And judging from the picture below, it’s easy to see why:
Honduras and El Salvador were the most dangerous places he said he’s visited, citing roadside robberies and other crimes. As for the strangest place? None other than North Korea.
You can hear more about Doran’s experiences in the video above.