It is likely that no one has travelled more extensively than Calgarian Spencer Bown, who this week ended a 23-year-journey that took him to every region in the world.

And at the end of the journey, he found a pint of Guinness, in Ireland - an interesting ending to what has to be the most interesting adventure in the annals of modern travel.

Bown's Facebook page reads like an 'Indiana Jones' novel, the odometer that tracks his frequent flyer miles has rolled over -- five times, has evaded genocidal Hutu rebels in the Congo, learned to drive a reindeer sleigh while drunk with the Yakuti tribe in Russia, avoided capture by pirates in Somalia, and has felt the dull sting of loneliness.

Click through the sideshow below for the top 23 experiences, according to, Bown lived through in his 23-year odyssey.

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  • 23. Laos

    Lazing along the Mekong river by slow boat, Laos

  • 22. Mali

    Rock climbing the Hand of Fatima and the monumental mountains of Mali.

  • 21. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

    Exploring the spectacular, ancient Khmer ruins in the jungles of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

  • 20. Golden Temple of Amritsar, India

    Rubbing elbows with Sikh pilgrims in the Golden Temple of Amritsar, India

  • 19. Nook, Greenland

    19. Checking out the “Red Neck” Inuit bar scene, Nook, Greenland

  • 18. Milford Sound, New Zealand

    Cruising through spectacular fjord panoramas on Milford Sound, New Zealand

  • 17. Antarctica

    Standing amidst penguin colonies under towering, blue ice cliffs, Antarctica

  • 16. Unawatuna Beach, Sri Lanka

    Searching for the perfect mango, Unawatuna Beach, Sri Lanka

  • 15. Borneo

    Spelunking Southeast Asia’s longest cave system at Deer Cave, Borneo

  • 14. Palmyra, Syria

    Wandering an ancient Roman city frozen in time by the desert sands, Palmyra, Syria

  • 13. Angel Falls, Venezuela

    Angel Falls by dugout canoe, Venezuela

  • 12. Argent Beach, Seychelles

    Lounging on the most beautiful stretch of sand in the world, Argent Beach, Seychelles

  • 11. Ranthambore National Park, India

    Glimpsing tigers on the prowl, Ranthambore National Park, India

  • 10. Democratic Republic of Congo

    Living in a leaf hut with an African Pygmy tribe, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • 09. Okavango Delta, Botswana

    Poling away from cantankerous hippos in a mocoro boat, Okavango Delta, Botswana

  • 08. Petra, Jordan

    Pretending you’re Indiana Jones in the incredible, cliff-carved ruins of Petra, Jordan

  • 07. Trans-Siberian Railroad, Russia

    Testing your liver on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, Russia

  • 06. Damascus, Syria

    People watching over a sheesha pipe in an ahwa, Damascus, Syria

  • 05. Virunga Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

    Coming face to face with Silverback Gorillas in Virunga Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

  • 04. The Alps

    Red wine and wheels of cheese, anywhere in the Alps

  • 03. Machu Picchu, Peru

    Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru

  • 02. Tanzania

    Standing in awe of the Great Herd Migration, Ngorogoro Crater, Tanzania

  • 01. Mt. Everest Base Camp

    Looking down upon the world from Mt. Everest Base Camp, Nepal or Tibet

"I decided 23 years ago that I was going to try to see everything on Earth and I've been travelling ever since. If I'd known it would have taking 23 years I'm not sure I would've begun," he told RTE News, adding a passport lasts an average 18 months.

But he hasn't just visited every corner and region on the globe, he's made a conscious effort to spend as much time as possible in every country he landed on and to properly get to know the people and culture wherever he was, the Calgary Sun, which named Bown the 'World's Most Travelled Man,' reports.

It's the experiences, the adventures and the people that are the theme of his travels, not the passport stamps, he said

“Some of the least travelled people I’ve ever met have been to 100 countries, or even as high as 170 countries — what they do is fly between major cities and especially capital cities, stop off in the airport or take a hotel for the night, and then say that they’ve ‘done’ such and such country,” said Bown, speaking with the Sun.

And experiences he's had, the most publicized being his foray into Somalia.

In 2010, Bown made headlines when he flew to Mogadishu, Somalia, to the bafflement of officials there.

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"We have never seen people like this man," Omar Mohamed, an immigration official, told the Agence France-Presse of his visit at the time. "He said he was a tourist, we couldn't believe him. But later on we found he was serious. That makes him the first person to come to Mogadishu only for tourism..."

"They tried four times to put me back on the plane to get rid of me but I shouted and played tricks until the plane left without me," Bown recalled to AFP.

Bowman expects to be in Ireland for another week and, according to his Facebook page, he's not celebrating with champagne in ritzy hotel's presidential suite, but drinking beer before crashing in a dorm inhabited by drunks, snorers, an amorous couple and a cranky sleeper.

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