Babis Bizas – The Greatest traveller of our time

Translated from Russian

OBOZREVATEL: Бабис Бизас величайший путешественник нашего времени

Born in 1954 in Greece, the globetrotter started traveling at a young age. While still studying Slavic languages at university, he would often pack his backpack and hit the road. His main mode of transportation was hitchhiking. His passion for traveling did not subside as he got older. Instead, everything in life became subordinate to travel. Babis Bizas has reached all corners of our planet and has established himself as a travel specialist who writes booksand also organizes trips for other, less experienced enthusiasts who wish to learn about the world.His accomplishments so far have made a great impression.

He was among the first travelers who proved that boundaries can be broken in no time with the right attitude. For those who dream of conquering other places on our planet, lack of money can be an issue. But his persistence and determination early on allowed him to travel to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, South Africa, or the United States. As he stressed, money never fell from the sky. When he didn’t have enough money, he would finda job that would allow him to continue with his passion, for example working on a boat orfor a travel agency.

Naturally, people who do not want to be idle but instead travel to reach places will enjoy working in an industry that allows them to pursue their interests. Today’s travelers have a much wider range of options in the internet age – they can make money from short videos, upload photos to social media sites, or advertise various products. Aside from bloggers, trendsetters and influencers are becoming more and more fashionable today. In short, with a little luck, you can travel a lot today and comfortably watch your bank balance grow thanks to sponsors.

Babis admits that he also made a living while traveling, but he had a much more difficult task. Until now, he has worked, inter alia, as a travel guide, mainly to Southeast Asia and later to Africa. He also wrote travel guides and travel books. He is considered the expert for all types of travel, in particular to lesser-known destinations. Those who wanted to get to a place lacking tourist infrastructure would go to him for guidance. He brought groups of tourists to countries such as Nigeria, Chad, or Guinea-Bissau.

By his thirties,Babis had already visited the places that are considered to bethe largest tourist attractions in the world. Then he decided to slow down a bit to start exploring less popular places. Not only has he visited all 194 countries in the world (an achievement completed in 2004), but he has also been to places rarely seen by even the most active travelers. He reached the North Pole in 1996, and eighteen years later the South Pole, the first Greek who visited both poles. He returned to the Arctic and the Arctic Circle many times. He has reached areas that are considered to bethe most inaccessible places on our planet. It is not a coincidence that the National Geographic Traveler and the China Daily called him “The Most Traveled Man on Earth”.  After all, his wife is called…Penelope!