October 29, 2021 at 1:31AM – I crossed the border into Saudi Arabia, my 197th & FINAL country!
I’m feeling lots of emotions right now, and it will take some time to digest over the next few weeks as I travel across Saudi Arabia, but I just want to say first and foremost, THANK YOU ❤️
Thank you to my better half, Deanna, for believing in me since we met 6 years ago. Thank you to my loving parents and family for supporting me. Thank you to all of my best friends for pushing me during the hard times. Thank you to all the strangers and local tour guides I met, in far away places, for keeping me safe and secure. And most importantly, if you’re reading this, THANK YOU.
I’m so grateful for this amazing YouTube community. I want you guys to know that for the past 4 years, I’ve poured my blood, sweat and tears into telling the best stories about people and culture. And I am so freaking happy that you guys have been able to travel with me as I visited all 197 countries in the world. Thank you for all your comments, questions, advice and words of encouragement. Without you, I do not stand here right now, in tears, at the Jeddah airport.
It has taken me 10 long years (almost exactly to the day) to achieve this goal, since I moved to Prague to study abroad in Jan, 2012. I was 20 years old back then. Now I am 30. It’s crazy to think that I’ve been on the road nonstop, roughly 3,600 days, without taking a break.
But I made it!!! And I’m feeling as happy as ever. I did it. I FREAKING DID IT!!! I can now say that I have visited every single country in the world.
This is not the end of Drew Binsky. It’s only the beginning! I will now be chasing the STORY, not so much the COUNTRY. This means a bigger team that can help take my videos to the next level! But there’s a lot of exciting projects that I’m working on — below are links to favorite ones:
1) My 2nd YT channel is called “Faces of the World,” where I will be telling you the most inspiring ‘people stories’ around the globe.