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 process that all travelers can agree with. The process is a simple adding of ranks.

All the data are from Nov 17, 2017, 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  45  Frank W. Grosse-Oetringhaus
2  60  Jorge Sanchez
3  68  Don Parrish
4  74  Jarl Hardenmark
5  75  Steve Newcomer
6  76  Markus Lundgren
7  77  Sascha Grabow
7  77  Michael Runkel
9  78  Thomas Büchler
10  79  Bill Altaffer
10  79  Harry Mitsidis
12  81  Jeff Shea
12  81  Heinz Stücke
14  84  André Brugiroux
14  84  Igor Sergeev
16  85  Alexander Newckij
17  86  Nadezda Lazareva
17  86  Frank Rainer
19  89  Bob Bonifas
19  89  Charles Veley
21  90  Teodoro Murallon
21  90  Kari-Matti Valtari
23  92  Artemy Lebedev
24  93  Roman Bruehwiler
24  93  Els Slots
26  94  Gustav Adolf Junge
26  94  Eki Siivonen
26  94  Geri Winkler
29  95  Jack Goldstein
29  95  Bart Hackley
29  95  Carl-Gustaf Siby
32  96  Joao Paulo Peixoto
32  96  Jagannathan Srinivasaraghavan
32  96  Daniel Walker
35  97  Veryan Allen
36  98  Sabino Antuna
36  98  Veikko Huhtala
36  98  Valentin Sazhin
36  98  Stewart Sheppard

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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