Video: Around the World in 50 Years: 78-Year-Old Traveler Has Been All Over The World
2023 Author: Richard Flannagan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 13:10
They say that real happiness lies in a constant change of impressions and continuous movement. Former Playboy editor American Albert Podell for 50 years has traveled all over the world. Fearless traveler attacked by flying crabs in Algeria, imprisoned in Baghdad, eating the brains of a live monkey in Hong Kong - this is not a complete list of his adventures!
As a child, Albert collected postage stamps. “These small colored pieces of paper made me want to travel, because I dreamed of seeing the lands and the people that were depicted on them. I wanted to get the stamp of every country in the world in my passport,”Podel says. His parents were poor and could not afford to travel, but the boy grew up and made his dream come true. At 28, he led an expedition and set the record for the longest road trip by car.
Already in adulthood, having visited 90 countries of the world, the adventurer decided not to stop there. “I still wanted to complete my glorious tourism venture. I decided that I would still have time to visit each of the 196 countries in the remaining years allotted to me,”he writes in his book Around the World in Fifty Years. His adventurism took him to the most remote corners of the globe.
The most exotic food for him was: zebra meat in Kenya, fish eyes and stewed jellyfish in China, kangaroo and emu meat in Australia, opossum pie in the Caribbean, crocodile meat in Africa, blood sausage in Colombia and Germany, horse meat in Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan, iguana meat in America, boiled shellfish in Vietnam, fried ants, tarantulas, bees, beetles, caterpillars, scorpions, larvae - in many countries, and not always intentionally! Now Albert Podel can claim that he ate everything he could eat. And what is not allowed - too.
Repeatedly the American got into trouble. The Cuban police interrogated him for a long time, finding out if he was a secret agent of the CIA, in Baghdad he found himself behind bars after a swindler threw herself under the wheels, and then accused him of knocking her down, in Algeria almost everything was stolen from him equipment. Albert Podel nearly drowned in Costa Rica and was nearly lynched in East Pakistan. He broke three ribs and was repeatedly injured in many countries, but that did not stop him!
The American traveled on overloaded ferries, leaky boats, elephants, carts, wheelbarrows, canoes, trucks, camels, donkeys, horses, motorcycles, catamarans - anything that could serve as transportation. He slept in jungles and glaciers, in sleeping bags, tents, wigwams, trailers, cars, dugouts, hotels and hostels.
Seeing 196 countries, Podel says: "People around the world are practically the same in their love for families and children, their desire to be happy, their hope to live in peace and have a better life." And if you do not have time to travel, then there is always the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of a travel photographer