Spencer Bown, 'World's Most Travelled Man,' Ends His 23-Year Odyssey

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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 backpackology.org, Bown lived through in his 23-year odyssey.

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"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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