Mike Spencer has been on the road for 23 years and has visited over 190 countries. Traveling non-stop since he was 21, he is now being called the world most traveled man.
The concept of anyone owning the moon seems pretty silly. The concept of any single person owning the moon seems even sillier. Even if you could imagine owning the moon, you might think it would be a whole country who owned the moon. Not just any country either, but the country who had gone to the moon the most often. The reality is much different though.
The sun was high and the temperature higher one fateful day in 1899. Six-year-old George Muse and his brother Willie Muse were working in the tobacco fields of Virginia. The brothers were different from the other black workers on the plantation. They were albinos whose light skin color made them stand out.
According to the United Nations, there are 19.5 million refugees around the world. Most of them are poor and in need of support. What most people don’t hear about are the ultra-rich who can easily buy their way into a new life abroad. In the US, for example, foreigners who invest $500,000 in a US business can get a permanent residency visa.
For the majority of us, an airport is nothing more than a place to wait for a journey to begin. But for some, an airport has become a home. In a perfect storm of unlucky events, Mehran Karimi Nasseri found himself stranded at the Charles de Gaulle airport in France for more than 17 long years.
In 1977, Mehran was stripped of his passport and kicked out of his home country of Iran for protesting against the government. He fled to Europe, seeking asylum in several countries. In 1981, he was given refugee status in Belgium, but his briefcase carrying proof of his status was stolen in a Paris train station.
Imagine crossing thousands of miles of wild seas without a single map or compass, destined for a tiny island you’ve never been to before. Courageous people called Wayfinders navigated the seas in their canoes, using little more than the stars and songs shared by elders. Anthropologists say that Polynesian wayfinding was a far cry from today’s navigation. It was based on more than science. It was an art and a spiritual practice.
In Venezuela, where the Catatumbo River meets Lake Maracaibo, there is a lightning storm that seems to never end. For about 300 days each year, cloud to cloud lightning strikes up to 280 times per hour. Even when the weather in surrounding areas is excellent, there is often a storm over this lake. Locals say the lightning is visible from up to 400 km away. The storm is more than just a curious natural phenomenon, though, because ships have been using it to help them navigate for ages.
International tourism analysts say that 2020 will be a lost year. With a projected $2.2 trillion lost and 100 million jobs wiped out, many hotels, airlines, and restaurants are in survival mode. Tourism-related businesses are trying to stay afloat and weather the storm, hoping for a vaccine to turn things around in 2021.