Bungy Jumping, Victoria Falls on bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia
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“Lee Abbamonte is the Marco Polo of the 21st Century” – Arthur Frommer, founder of Frommers Guidebooks
“Lee’s wisdom, earned from his incredible resourcefulness and plain gumption is a jewel all travelers (would be and expert) can rely on” – Samantha Brown, Travel Channel Host
I’m Lee Abbamonte, the youngest American to visit every country in the world. I’ve visited all 193 UN member states; 318 total countries and am one of the world’s most-traveled people. I’m also one of the few people to ever visit every country in the world plus both the North & South Poles!
I am an entrepreneur, multimedia travel personality, brand ambassador, travel expert, travel writer, author and global adventurer. I appear regularly on Fox News Channel & FOX Business and have appeared on HLN, Bloomberg TV, Travel Channel, NBC, CBS, CNN, BBC, Sports Illustrated, History, AJAM, ESPN and many others. I have also been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Conde Nast Traveler, New York Magazine, Huffington Post, Yahoo Travel, US News & World Report, Forbes, Discovery Channel, Today, Travel Zoo, Smart Money, Slate, OK! Magazine, Frommers, USA Today and countless others.
I am a Wall Street veteran having worked in corporate finance, energy and wealth management for 8 years. I graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a double degree in Finance and Marketing and earned my Masters (MBA) from the Thunderbird School of Global Management-formerly the #1 International Business School in the World.
Not only have I been to every country (193 sovereign nations by the United Nations list of member states) on Earth, I’m also attempting to visit all 324 countries and unique destinations in the world per the Travelers Century Club list. I’m an active member of the Travelers Century Club, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, member of the Circumnavigators Club and the Society of American Travel Writers. I am also a sports fanatic and love the New York Yankees.
Some of my extreme traveling highlights include hang gliding over Rio de Janeiro, dodging bullets in the Libyan civil war, conquering the world’s highest bungee jump in South Africa, tracking silverback gorillas in Rwanda, summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, playing golf in Afghanistan during the war, going on safari in the Serengeti, and white-water rafting down the level-five rapids of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe.
Some of the more far-flung amazing places I’ve been to include: Timbuktu; Afghanistan; Easter Island; Madagascar; Qatar; Victoria Falls; Galapagos Islands; Taj Mahal; Syria; South Sudan; Colombia; Bora Bora; Togo; Ras Al Khaimah; Congo; Samarkand; Laos; Azores; Lord Howe Island; Cabinda; Abkhazia; Montserrat; Pyramids; Guinea Bissau; Lakshadweep Islands; Petra; Midway; Sri Lanka; Burundi; Ethiopia; French Guiana; East Timor; Sahara Desert; Goa; Alaska; Bequia; Tibet; Aitutaki; Trans Dniester; Turkmenistan; Yap; Liberia; Somalia; Lampedusa; Western Sahara; Libya; Faroe Islands; Guam; Rwanda; Marquesas; Sierra Leone; Borneo; Mongolia; Christmas Island; Yemen; Chad; Azerbaijan; Benin; Wallis and Futuna; Nepal; Guyana; Great Wall of China; Ogasawara; Abu Dhabi; Haiti; La Reunion; Gabon; Tonga; Vanuatu; Thailand; Equatorial Guinea; Tajikistan; Iraq; Maldives; Mauritania; Ecuador; Oman; Pitcairn Island; Djibouti; San Andres; Mozambique; Burkina Faso; Martinique; Algeria; North Korea; Tasmania; Bangladesh; Namibia; Palau; Uganda; Rodrigues; Teotihuacan; Iran; Dogon Country; Bhutan; Greenland; Seychelles; Cape Verde Islands.
“I believe in globalization of everything including people. I believe that I am a citizen of Earth. I believe that people around the world are at their core, basically good and the same. I believe that more people should experience the world and the way traveling can open their eyes and minds to different and exciting things. I believe in just being myself. I believe in life.” – Lee Abbamonte