He needs the entire world beneath his toes.
Manhattan journey addict Sal Lavallo is gearing up for the most important journey of his life — a tour of 18 international locations on 5 continents that might make him the youngest Amerian to go to all 195 nations on Earth.
“I wish to bang out all of the international locations in a single epic journey earlier than my 27th birthday,” Lavallo mentioned of his deliberate summer time sojourn.
If all goes in accordance with plan, Lavallo will unseat Lee Abbamonte, who was named the youngest globetrotter by Travelers Century Club at age 32.
He’ll want 9 visas and a fistful of maps.
“It’s going to be rather a lot, however I’ve feeling I can get it completed,” he mentioned.
The native Indianan and NYU grad hopes to first zip to Cuba after which to the South Pacific for Fiji and Tuvalu. Next is Europe for Andorra, Sweden, Ireland and Denmark, adopted by the Middle East, the place he’ll test off Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Bhutan, Syria and Iran. He’ll shut out the tour in Africa, with stops in Libya, Algeria, South Sudan, Malta, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Iran shall be powerful, due to the latest journey ban.
“I’ll must go to Iran’s Kish Island. Since it’s a vacationer vacation spot, it’s simpler to go to,” Lavallo mentioned.
Lavallo was even in a position to infiltrate the Hermit Kingdom for six days final yr.
In North Korea, “all I wished was an ice cream cone since everybody was consuming one, however I might by no means have one,” he mentioned. Americans are forbidden to make use of native foreign money there.
His wanderlust was ignited 12 years in the past, at age 14, when his dad took him to Japan and China.
“Since then, I’ve been hooked on turning what I’ve discovered about a spot into firsthand experiences,” he mentioned.
One of his most memorable encounters was assembly a monster in Gambia.
“I rotated and noticed this pink creature sharpening enormous machetes,” he recalled. “My good friend advised me it was ‘The Devil,’ and I needed to pay him cash to make him go away.” Turns out it was a neighborhood custom the place a masked dancer collects cash in celebration of a child’s circumcision.
Lavallo, who beforehand labored as a marketing consultant for a administration firm in Abu Dhabi and now lives in Murray Hill, saves money by staying with buddies and incorporating work with journey.
“People all the time ask me, ‘How are you able to afford to do it?’ I inform them the extra folks you already know, the higher.”
To earn the title of youngest globetrotter, Lavallo might want to present passport stamps and airplane tickets as proof to journey communities together with Travel Century Club, MostTraveledPeople.com and FinestTraveledPeople.com.
If all committees agree on the authenticity, he’ll be a part of a choose membership of about 100 individuals who’ve been everywhere in the world.
“My aim is to not solely encourage folks to journey, however to see all the wonder on this planet,” he mentioned.