Only man to visit every country – and space – shares his top travel tips
The primary man to go to each nation on earth – plus outer area – has shared a few of his greatest journey ideas.
Jim Kitchen, a 57-year-old entrepreneur, has been to all 193 UN-recognised nations and was a part of the civilian crew on Blue Origin’s area rocket (the one Pete Davidson was initially purported to fly on).
The founding father of group tour firm SBT estimates he has travelled between seven and 10 million air miles in his lifetime.
So what has all that globetrotting taught him? Kitchen shared his prime journey ideas with Bloomberg.
Depart your wedding ceremony ring at house
When you’ve got means, “travelling by way of the creating world will not be the time to precise that,” mentioned Kitchen. “It’s the time to slot in and lay low. I don’t put on my wedding ceremony ring, both, as a result of I don’t need individuals to know that I’m married, as a result of they may kidnap me and name my spouse and say, ‘Hey, we’ve acquired your husband,’ and she or he would most likely pay the ransom.”
Neglect eating places with views
Kitchen says: “In my 30-plus years of travelling, I’ve skilled that eating places providing spectacular views of town or sunsets usually have horrible meals.”
Preserve a spare bank card hidden
“I at all times put one bank card within the backside of a pair of tennis sneakers, in order that if all hell breaks unfastened – like I’m robbed and all the pieces’s taken – in the event that they don’t take my sneakers, I’m most likely OK,” he advises.
Take a sheet
Kitchen says he finds polyester too itchy to sleep on, and so he at all times takes a sheet from house on his travels.
“I reduce a king dimension in half, and I pull it over me, and wrap myself into the sheet,” he says. “I don’t sleep that a lot once I journey, so having the ability to get 5 – 6 hours is price [the extra baggage] weight.”
Put on a nappy to area
Actual-life astronaut, Mike Good, gave Kitchen the next less-than-glamorous tip for travelling to area: “put on a male grownup wetness protector – I don’t wish to name it a diaper.”
When you’re loaded into the capsule, the departure may be delayed and there’s no method of nipping out once more to make use of the services.
“The very last thing you wish to be involved about is the toilet; it’s a brief sufficient flight, and also you wish to take pleasure in each second of it, proper?
“Mike mentioned: ‘Hey, simply do the complete astronaut expertise, man. Simply don’t fear about that.’ And so I type of embraced it. The fact is I did not have to make use of it, however I simply needed to take that danger off the desk.”