Ahmed Haggagovic calls himself the Egyptian Globe Trotter and he whipped through Wellington recently during his attempt to travel to every one of the 196 countries of the world.
How often do you get away?
I have visited until now 96 countries. I started my travels from 2007, on a mission to be the first human to go to every country in the world with a message of freedom, happiness and peace.
Where was your first trip?
My first trip alone, without any funds from my family, was at the age of 15 to Germany and Switzerland.
Why do you travel – business or pleasure?
To get one world united, no borders, no racism (freedom, happiness and peace). We are all one human race.
What is your favourite destination overseas? Every country in the world has its own magic, even Laos and Mongolia.
And here in New Zealand?
I think Wellington is a great city. I adore its nature.
Best trip ever?
The Siberian adventure from Moscow to Beijing passing through Mongolia and China and Siberia in -47 degrees Celsius. The trip to India from Japan, passing through Indonesia. And also the trip to Australia, New Zealand and the Oceania islands.
There is no worst trip.
If you could be anywhere but here, where would that be?
What is the wildest sight you’ve witnessed while travelling?
Tons of sights, from Ushuaia (at the end of the world) to Foz do Iguacu. Siberia in winter. The hotels in Macau. Skydiving over Sydney.
The most heartbreaking?
Leaving South America.
Who (or what) is your favourite travelling companion?
My cameraman ... specially my younger brother Hussein and my best friend, Ahmed Zoky.
Where to next?
Up to the islands of Tonga.
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