At 27-years-old, Sal Lavallo has already accomplished some of the travel goals that even seasoned explorers only dream of.
In November, he became one of the youngest people in the world to have traveled to every country, including destinations like Syria and North Korea. He is a self-described life-long traveler, and when he moved to Abu Dhabi for work, he quickly started traveling to a number of countries across the Middle East and Africa.
He soon decided to actively pursue the goal of visiting every country in the world. Using a mixture of his global network of friends and hotel rewards program points, he was able to find places to stay and finance his travel over the course of only a couple of years. The strategies he acquired in that time can be used for all types of travel, whether you’re headed away for a cozy three-day weekend or hope to travel the world like Sal.
Paris or Rome are always great, but Lavallo said some of his best memories traveling came from unexpected places.
One such place was Algeria, where Lavallo describes the welcoming attitude from locals, where Algerians were always excited to show him around their local cities.
🇸🇾 Damascus' Al-Hamidiyah Souq is unbelievable. So many local Syrian delicacies and handicrafts lined all the walls. Even though it was Eid holiday the place was entirely full of bustling shoppers. We ate special ice cream, a delicious iced lemon treat, and my hosts bought me 6kg of mixed nuts after I said I like them! As it got closer to closing time the shops revealed their patriotic coverings- a recent addition to this historic market.
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