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Meet Babis Bizas, the Greek Who Is ‘The World’s Most Traveled Person’

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Babis Bizas has traveled to every single sovereign state of the world. Photo: Courtesy Babis Bizas, illustration by GR

Babis Bizas is the ”world’s most traveled person” according to the Guinness Book of Records. Amazingly, the Greek adventurer travels more than 300 days per year, each year.

Bizas, born in 1954 in the Greek city of Arta, is an explorer, author, travel writer and tour operator.

After completing his studies at University, where he mastered many languages, including English, Russian, Spanish, and French, Bizas made the decision to work in a field related to travel.

Thus, the world’s most traveled person started his career as a guide with big tour operators in Greece.

“World’s most traveled person” has visited the North and South Pole

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Babis Bizas and the Greek flag in the North Pole in 1995. Photo: Courtesy Babis Bizas.

After decades of traveling to all ends of the Earth, Bizas can proudly claim that he is the only Greek, not to mention one of the very few individuals on the planet, who has visited both the North and the South Pole.

In 1996 he took part in an expedition to the North Pole, and nearly 18 years later, in 2014, he traveled to the South Pole.

He says that it was his duty, as a Greek, to raise the flag of his homeland there.

Today, he works as a manager at COSMORAMA Travel where he plans trips to places that are not well-known and rarely explored, such Kurdistan or Transnistria.

As his reputation as the most traveled person in the world is known internationally, the Greek adventurer’s tours are always full and booked months out.

Although mainly Greeks follow Bizas’ travels and take his tours, people from as far as Australia and the USA have booked and participated as well.

Babis Bizas has visited every sovereign state on Earth

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Babis Bizas in the South Pole in 2014

Bizas has always been a man who travels to unusual and unexpected destinations.

By 2004 he had managed to visit every single sovereign state on Earth — not so difficult to imagine, taking into consideration that even as a University student he had already traveled as a backpacker nearly all over Europe.

It’s no wonder that many travelers who want someone with the experience and knowledge to lead their tours in destinations where no tourist infrastructure is available seek him out.

When asked about his favorite place, the explorer says that he is passionate about the tribal areas of Africa and Asia, where the ancient cultures and societies with deep roots and traditions have managed to survive even in today’s world, by resisting modernization.

No two tours Bizas conducts are the same — not even when he tours the same country. Every time he returns from a trip, something different is added to the next itinerary. No matter what you believe or where you come from, we all must agree on one thing: Bizas epitomizes the Greek spirit of exploration and adventure!

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