Global Degree is a web series about 3 travellers visiting 193 UN nations in 60 months. The concept is you must visit every country to graduate.
I came up with the idea on a 3-week solo trip to Thailand. I noticed three things:
1. How afraid I was to travel alone. But in those few weeks I made more friends than I knew what to do with. I overcame that fear of loneliness, and realized I can go anywhere and have a great time.
2. How inexpensive it was. I was spending more as a ghost in Vancouver (with car loan installments, cell phone bills, fitness memberships, subscriptions, etc) than I was living like a KING in Thailand. Still to this day it’s cheaper for me to travel the entire world than to live in Vancouver…
3. People told me to not go alone because I was going to get drugged, robbed, kidnapped, or even murdered! After going I realized just how wrong those people were, it was absolute paradise. When telling people about this, they encouraged me to come visit their home towns in Kenya, Israel, Iran, Colombia, etc. Then I wondered how many misconceptions there are in the world, and ‘how deep the rabbit hole goes’. What if people are good everywhere in the world and I have nothing to fear?
It all combined into a cocktail of emotions and on the last day of my trip I publicly declared on my facebook wall I was going to visit every country in the world in 5 years, or die trying. That’s it. I’ve found my life purpose. Either I accomplish this goal, or I cease to exist...
After this year we've filmed 140 countries. Next year we finish by visiting all of Africa.