Hello, my name is Ivars and I am from Latvia. I’ve travelled to 100 countries (mostly during the last 3 years) to achieve my personal challenge of seeing half the world before turning 30 in July 2012. All these travels were 100% self funded, no money from parents or rich uncles and I’m not a millionaire tech whiz either. I’m just like you, I have a 9 to 5 office job, that I quite like, I go to the gym 3 times a week and meet friends for dinner on Fridays.
This book is about why I did it, how I did it and what I learned along the way. This book is half Q&A about topics I frequently get asked about, and half coffee table style photo essay, showcasing some of the 25,000 plus photos I took along the way. This challenge lead me along the road less travelled in countries such as Burma, Kosovo, Moldova, Venezuela, Cuba, Oman and others I would not have otherwise visited, but would encourage anyone to see.