Thanks for stopping by! My name is George Kashouh, and I have some serious passions for travel and adventure. For 20 years now, I’ve been doing my best to to climb the highest peak in each continent as well as visit every country in the world. It’s a slow process, but I have never looked back on my goal and each year find myself going on a new adventure. I do my best to share my travels through my own experiences and photos. My website has over 9,000 photos taken from places all over the world, but due to time constraints parts of my site are behind from being modernized. This is a work in progress, but might take me a few more years to catch up 🙂 . To put things in perspective, if you read a single page a day on my site, it would take you nearly two years to read everything!
About My Mission
For most of my life I’ve always dreamed of some unique adventure of a lifetime or special challenge I could overcome. It just seemed that everything in this world had already been done by people thousands of times over. There are no new unexplored countries or uncharted islands to discover, the highest mountains have all been climbed, and the first person to reach the north and south poles accomplished this well over a century ago. One day in November 2006 while I was hiking in Ecuador, I realized how much traveling was my passion. Ecuador was amazing, but it was just one out of over 200 countries in the world. Traveling to every country on the earth wasn’t a new idea yet it still appealed to me. It’s certainly a lifelong goal that seemed a bit overwhelming. Even if I visit a new country every few months it would take over 40 years to accomplish this goal. And how many people can afford an overseas vacation every few months much less get the time off work consistently for four decades? Despite the time and financial challenges, the dangers of visiting war torn and remote countries, and the impact it would have on my personal life, I suddenly felt like this was something I had to pursue. I also plan to take this goal a step further, by visiting the most interesting places in all countries (never crossing the border just to say I’ve been there), climbing the highest mountains on each continent, and posting my photos and stories. Since I returned from that trip in 2006 I have never given up and have stayed passionate about my goal.
During my early travels I was mostly indifferent to photography. I usually traveled with a cheap camera and hardly took any photos. I did find myself getting annoyed however, when I’d return home to share a photo of something that was absolutely incredible in person but looked terrible in the photo. I kept repeating to my family and friends, I promise it was so much better in person! Eventually I got a decent camera, and found that the more I traveled the more photography grew on me.
I’ve stuck with Nikon for over a decade now and currently shoot with a Nikon D800, while occasionally using a Go-Pro for video. Every single photo on this web site was taken by me with no exceptions, unless of course I’m actually in the photo itself! Since I became more dedicated to photography, my photos have begun to appear everywhere from advertisements, text books, television, and even in the Smithsonian. All photos on this site have also been re-sized and their quality significantly lowered. I have begun to attempt to sell some of my best photos as a means to raise money for future adventures, namely that ridiciously expensive expedition I fantasize about to Antarctica. Click here to see prints that are for sale. Nearly all photos are available; if you would like more information contact me at George@travelthewholeworld.com.
About Media Coverage
Lately some expeditions and travels have gotten some recognition by media organizations. I’ve done interviews for local newspapers, podcasts, and my most recent summit of Mt. Everest was featured live on Good Morning Washington, with interest of follow ups on some of my future expeditions.
About Dangerous Countries
Unfortunately the world has many dangerous countries… and unfortunately I have no choice but to try to visit every single one of them. In 2007 I had posted on my website that I don’t go out of my way to travel to dangerous places, but my philosophy on this has changed a bit. Since I am serious about my goal, I worry that the older I am the less likely I’ll visit riskier destinations, and maybe never complete my goal. With that in mind, I’ve tried to make traveling to less visited countries as well as the Seven Summits the focus of my travels.