Twipper of the Week: Francis Tapon from Wanderlearn with Francis Tapon.

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Current city: Walvis Bay, Namibia

Age: 45

Total countries visited: 100

What makes you interesting: Most travel bloggers travel haphazardly around the world, without a theme and without continuity. A few focus on a theme, like food throughout the world. However, most are aimlessly running around with there only purpose is to visit all the countries in the world.

What makes me special is that I focus on a region for several years and then write a book about that region. For example, I walked across America four times and wrote Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America. Then I spent 3 years in 25 Eastern European countries, which I covered in The Hidden Europe. And now I’m spending 5 years in all 54 African countries to produce The Unseen Africa.

Best travel advice: Don’t be scared of “scary” countries.

What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: Walking. I’ve walked across America 4 times and walked across Spain twice; I’m currently climbing to the tallest peak of every African country.

What is the most interesting food you have ever tried and where: I love crickets in Niger. They’re well spiced and crunchy. Delicious source of protein!

What has been the most useful thing you have brought on a trip: A Jacks ‘R Better sleeping bag. Combined with a tent and a pad, you can sleep anywhere.

What does “Travel” mean to you: It just means moving somewhere, but you probably want something less literal. 😀 So it’s ideally about getting out of your comfort zone.

Next travel destination: South Africa.