Babis Bizas: A Greek man elected as the “most traveled person in the world”
Babis Bizas, a 64-year-old who was born Charalampos Bizas on the 16th of September 1954 in Epirus, Greece, is a travel writer, explorer, tour operator, and has entered the Guinness Book of Records as “The most traveled person in the world.”
Bizas’ journeys have led him from one side of the globe to the other and he participated in an expedition to the North Pole in May 1996. Almost 18 years later, in December 2014, he landed in the South Pole, becoming the only one Greek and one of a few to have visited both Poles.
“The journey to the South Pole had to be done. As others go to Agios Gerasimos to fulfill a vow, I felt it was my duty, as a Greek, to raise the Greek flag there, ” Babis’ noted.
By 2004 Bizas had visited all 194 sovereign countries of the planet at that time and is currently a member of the RGO (Russian Geographic Society).
As a university student, he traveled as a backpacker in Europe mainly hitchhiking and in 1977 he followed the stream of the young European travelers to India in his twenties.
Traveled to all the known tourist destinations
He loved Afghanistan and was impressed by Bangladesh. When the money was about to finish he found a job on one of the numerous Greek ships anchored in the port of Colombo in Sri Lanka and sailed to Mozambique, South Africa, and the United States. For the next 8 years, he was busy traveling as a tour leader. In 1987 when he had already traveled to all the known tourist destinations, he decided to slow down his trips for a while to concentrate on planning and organizing new tours for small groups and he then created The Cultural Tours, beginning with Cambodia and Vietnam (but not Laos at that time yet) where he led the first group.
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