Now THAT'S globetrotting: Retired American who has visited 852 places in 193 countries has been named the world's most travelled man
- Don Parrish, 73, from Chicago, first travelled overseas to Germany in 1965?
- Ever since he has been travelling around the globe visiting all 193 UN countries
- He became the world's most travelled man after reaching Conway Reef near Fiji
- Parrish has also been to Easter Island, Madagascar, Somalia and North Korea?
And after reaching Conway Reef off the coast of Fiji, US man Don Parrish has been named as the world's most-travelled man.
To get to the remote spot, which is 280 miles from the main islands, Mr Parrish chartered a boat along with another traveller.
Retired American Don Parrish, who has been named as the world's most travelled man, according to the website Most Traveled People. He is pictured in?Bossaso in Somalia with his security guards for the trip?
In 2007, Mr Parrish met with the Ashanti King during a visit to Ghana, which he says is one of his most memorable moments?
And it certainly wasn't the first time he had hired his own boat, as he has visited 60 islands by ship as 'that is the only way to get there'.
His incredible journey to Conway Reef is one of hundreds, which has seen him visit all 26 cantons in Switzerland, all 16 states in Germany and all 85 political subdivisions in Russia over 13 visits.
His trip to North Korea even made front page news as he was one of the first US tourists in the country for a number of years.
Making it as number one requires extreme dedication and as Mr Parrish himself acknowledges 'some suffering'.
The 73-year-old, who lives just outside Chicago, started travelling after spending the summer of 1965 in Germany working in a metal factory. It was his first time abroad bar a day trip to Mexico.
Now he joins other extreme travellers in reaching parts of the world most of us can only dream of.
In 2011, Mr Parrish made it to the Geographic South Pole on the 100th anniversary of its discovery?
Mr Parrish poses with his security guard in North Korea. His visit to the country made headline news in the US?
He has also been to Easter Island, Somalia, Curacao, Madagascar and even the narrowest part of the Khyber Pass between Pakistan and Afghanistan. And he stood on the Arctic Circle in Finland.
Now retired, he worked hard in telecommunications and saved his money to be able to take trips around the globe.
Most of the places left on Don's list to visit are remote islands - including the Bounty Islands, the Scott Islands and Paracel Islands - which are difficult to reach. He is also yet to reach Guantanamo Bay.
In 2013, the 73-year-old experienced a walking safari tour with lions while in Mauritius?
Mr Parrish pictured in 2015 riding an elephant across the landscape while on a trip to Sri Lanka?
An owl perches on top of Mr Parrish's arm as he poses for the camera outside Conway Castle in Wales?
Mr Parrish's extreme travel means that he is one of only 23 people who have completed the Travelers' Century Club, visiting the 325 countries or territories on its list.
He is also currently joint top of the Most Travelled People?club - 'a club for travelers who aspire to go "everywhere"'.
And Mr Parrish - who has never married and has no children - said: 'I spent the summer of 1965 in Germany working as an unskilled laborer in a metal factory. I lived with a family.
'What made this a transformative experience is that I refused to speak a word of English.
Mr Parish pictured at Conway Reef close to Fiji. He had to charter a boat in order to reach the remote island?
'It is a good way to get over the idea that the world revolves around yourself.
'As part of that summer I took a vacation for about eight or nine days with a German group into France on a camping trip.
'My first trip around the world was in 1971. I still have a copy of my air ticket. This was a very expensive trip for me at the time - the cost of a new car.
'But to see all of these wonders of the world, cultures, cities in a span of just six weeks was another transformative experience.
'Easter Island is one of the must visit places for a serious traveller. I was there about six years ago and there are so many restrictions. I was so lucky to see it in 1994 too.
Mr Parrish in 1971 with a group of travellers at Gandhi's grave in India
In 2006, Mr Parrish was part of a small group that visited the narrowest part of the Khyber Pass?between Pakistan and Afghanistan
'In 1976, I rode an ostrich in South Africa and did a flying dismount which got me the only standing ovation of my life. I was at the South Pole on its 100th anniversary.
'I have been outside the US for about 11 years - about 250 trips. I have also traveled for a year or so in the US while I visited all 50 states.
'I like to see the real place where things happened and I like making connections.
'I travel by myself, with one person, with a few people, small group, large group, with driver, with driver and guide.
'I live frugally - no smoking, no coffee, old cars and I have spent my life savings.'
Not every trip is smooth sailing and Mr Parrish says travelling at night in remote places is one of the most dangerous parts of the journey's he makes.
The world's most travelled man poses with the wildlife while on a trip to Madagascar in 2009?
He added: 'In 2010 I visited Bossaso, Puntland, Somalia. My travel agent refused to help me because he thought I would get kidnapped.
'So I requested security from the local guy I used to plan this trip. The word security got translated into four armed guards who stayed in their own room at the hotel and even followed me from my room to the computer room when I did email at 11pm at night.
'I visited North Korea with four others and since we were the first American tourists in North Korea for two or three years, the Los Angeles Times had a front page story on the five of us.
'To be in the tribal areas of Pakistan required us to have a rifleman for our protection.
'It took us nine days to get from Cape Town to Marion on a small sailing vessel with a four man crew and four passengers.
'There was no shower on the ship. We experienced stormy seas, people were sea sick. There were no chairs to sit on, only benches.
'That was the one time that I thought I might not make it mentally.'
While Mr Parrish acknowledges there have been dangerous times and some hair-raising moments there have been a whole host of unique moments along the way too.
While visiting the Congo in 2007, he met with the then Miss Europe Alexandra Rosenfeld, left. In February 2017, Mr Parrish became one of only 23 people who have completed the Travelers' Century Club, visiting the 325 countries or territories on its list. Pictured right is his trophy?
He said: 'In 2007, I was in Ghana with my German guide, Herbert Goebels, and we attended the court of the Ashanti king.'
'I also met the beautiful Alexandra Rosenfeld, Miss Europe of 2006, while on my travels in Congo.'
But despite being well-travelled when asked where his favourite place in the world is, Mr Parrish - who said he has no plans to retire from travelling - replied: 'My favourite place is the one I have been to most. It's called home.'
Mr Parrish's impressive travels mirror that of Canadian Mike Spencer Bown, who spent 23 years travelling the globe and visiting 195 countries.
His marathon odyssey took him from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and every nation in between.
He was the first ever tourist in war-torn Mogadishu, he hitchhiked through Saddam Hussein's home town during the U.S. invasion of Iraq and lived with pygmies in the Congo.?
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