Ever wondered what it would be like to be named the most traveled person in the world? Just ask Fred Finn, a TripAdvisor traveler who was named the Guinness Book of World Records Most Traveled Person in the World, having traveled 15 million miles, visited 139 countries, and flown on 718 Concorde flights. We asked Fred about some of his favorite travel memories and hotspots, as well as his best travel tips. Read on to hear all about them!
The Travel Bug
Fred attributes being first bitten by the travel bug after being introduced by his grandmother to a World War II Mosquito fighter bomber as a child. He said, “I guess the smell of that aircraft stayed with me. It was a smell peculiar to propeller engine aircraft.” Fred took his first commercial flight from the UK to New York when he was 18, which took almost 18 hours with stops in Scotland, Iceland and Bangor, Maine. He also racked up most of his airline miles while working for international licensing companies, which sent him flying around the world. In fact, Fred once flew between New York and London three times in a single day to get a contract signed! Today, he uses TripAdvisor to help with his travel planning. He said he likes reading reviews because, “they give me a good starting point for where to stay if I am going to a new city.”
Fred grew up in Kent, England, but after getting married in 2006, began to spend more time in his wife’s home of the Ukraine, which he said he enjoys because, “the people are very friendly, the food is excellent and there’s a great outdoor life.” He also said a favorite travel experience was driving from the Ukraine to Montenegro and back during a three-week road trip with his family. When it comes to his most-beloved hotels, Fred mentioned that some standouts from his travels have included: the Mount Kenya Safari Club in Nanyuki, Kenya; Island Camp at Lake Baringo; the Impressa Hotel in Kiev; the Valamar Lacroma Resort near Dubrovnik, Croatia; the Oriental Bangkok and the Mount Nelson in Cape Town. He also enjoyed a stay at La Reserve in Praslin, Seychelles, which he said is “just fantastic with best beaches on earth.”
Fred’s Top 10 Travel Tips:
With so much travel under his belt, Fred knows what he’s talking about when it comes to packing, avoiding jet lag and making the most out of your travels. Here are his top 10 travel tips:
1. Always set your watch to the local time as soon as you board the plane. You will adjust easier on the flight to the new time zone.
2. Drink plenty of water, as it helps to avoids dehydration – a cause of jet lag.
3. Always eat at the times you would be eating in your destination and go to bed at a normal time. Sleep will help you adjust to the time changes.
4. Use hard suitcases – they can be dropped and lessen the risk of anything breaking.
5. Pack clothes in bags similar to those you get from the dry cleaners. This will help your clothes to not crease as much.
6. Bring along a length of twine or string to repair your suitcase handle or brief case handle, if and when it breaks.
7. Carry a travel power outlet adaptor that fits all plugs.
8. When bringing antibiotics on your travels, it’s a good idea to bring a copy of your prescription in case you get asked what you are carrying.
9. Keep a copy of addresses and contact numbers for yourself and your family in all of your travel bags in case you and your baggage become separated.
10. Notify your embassy if you’re going to be in a foreign country for an extended period of time.
The Next Frontier
For someone who has seen so much of the world, we were really interested to see if there were any places still on Fred’s bucket list. And, there are! Fred admitted he would like to fly on Virgin Galactic to visit outer space. He said, “I would like to visit the moon and see how beautiful Earth looks from there.”