World‘s Extreme Travelers

The Process: How to find the Group of the „Extreme Travelers" objectively?

Travelers are ranked in 9 renowned lists set-up by official institutions and travel clubs, practically all lists, no selection:
  • Official institutions: (1) UN list of all countries + territories, (2) ISO list of the administrative units of all countries, (3) UNESCO World Heritage List, (4) Tentative List of the UNESCO,
  • Travel clubs: (5) Travelers‘ Century Club; (6) Most Traveled People, (7) Nomad Mania TBT and (8) NM TBT Series (the accumulation of now 22 special lists), and the (9) World‘s Greatest Globetrotters.
We define „extreme travelers“ as those who excel in these lists: They belong to the Top 10 at least in one list. Their „points“ in these lists define them objectively. Since the number of the lists grow we want to be a collecting tank for all lists in existence and those still to come. We make a cross-comparison of all lists by a simple adding of ranks, so simple, so clear that everybody can agree with this.

All the data are from Sept., 2018, all from NM TBT if possible. We don‘t change anything, we only combine existing data, nothing else. The process shows two dimensions of traveling: Not only intensity in some aspects, but the breadth of the travel spectrum as well. 

The Result: The Top Forty


1

55

Frank W. Grosse-Oetringhaus

2

63

Jorge Sanchez

3

69

Don Parrish

4

72

Jarl Hardenmark

5

76

Steve Newcomer

5

76

Michael Runkel

7

77

Bill Altaffer

7

77

Sascha Grabow

9

79

Alexander Newckij

10

80

Charles Veley

11

81

Thomas Büchler

12

83

Bob Bonifas

12

83

André Brugiroux

14

84

Harry Mitsidis

14

84

Igor Sergeev

14

84

Jeff Shea

17

85

Roman Brühwiler

17

85

Markus Lundgren

19

87

Nadezda Lazareva

20

89

Frank Rainer

20

89

Heinz Stücke

22

90

Teodoro Murallon

23

91

Rainer Roesky

23

91

Kari-Matti Valtari

25

92

Artemy Lebedev

26

93

Jagan. Srinivasaraghavan

27

94

Selman Arinc

27

94

Els Slots

27

94

Gustav Adolf Junge

27

94

David Langan

31

95

Jack Goldstein

31

95

Bart Hackley

31

95

Kaname Saito

31

95

Geri Winkler

35

97

Tony Childs

35

97

Larry Leventhal

35

97

Valentin Sazhin

35

97

Carl-Gustaf Siby

35

97

Eki Siivonen

40

98

Roman Hartmann

The first figure is the overall rank, the second figure is the sum of all ranks in the 9 lists; see for the exact procedure the matrix, pages 7 and 8.

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