Once Upon a Saga
What is it? Good question; It is a one-man journey to visit every country in the World in a single journey, without the use of flight while bringing some attention toward the well meaning people of the planet of which there are most. “A stranger is a friend you've never met before”.
My name is Torbjørn C. Pedersen, which is a terrible travelers name. But that has never stopped me before - just call me Thor. I had already visited roughly every fourth country in the World before this project saw its first day – but now the time has come to go all in. However starting from zero and finishing with all!
I was born in Denmark of Scandinavian parents and soon after I was lifted up and carried to North America before returning home to Denmark years later. In Denmark I did my school and then my military service before finding my feet within shipping and logistics in the private sector. In the end of 2009 I became an independent businessman and after years of working on other peoples projects I have been able to create my own. With a lot of help from good friends that is! (read about the "project group" further down below).
I will be travelling to every country in the World! So how many countries are there?! That is an excellent question. The United Nations count 193 member states and 2 observer states. Many would argue the World holds 195 countries but that does not include every country I am going to. Now how is that possible?! Another good question. The world is a political place and while some countries claim to be sovereign states other dispute the same. You can find the list of countries I will be visiting under ‘journey’.
“If I were a rich man…” Flight would be the easy choice to visit many countries. But what is the fun in easy? This will be a surface journey by scheduled ground transportation; that is primarily trains, buses and boats of different sorts. I will not buy, borrow or rent a vehicle in order get from A to B and I definitely do not have a chauffeur. This way I will ensure a lot of time spent with locals and travelers alike – an amazing way to see the World!
Also I will spend at least 24 hours in each country and I aim at not returning home before I have completed the journey.
This project is funded through sponsorships, personal funding, crowdfunding and is furthermore being carried out in cooperation with the Danish Red Cross.
So please ride along and follow this great adventure while it unfolds. Welcome one and all!