Babis Bizas, the man who travels more than 300 days per year, each year and is the ”world’s most traveled person” according to the Guinness Book of Records, is Greek.
Bizas, born in 1954 in Greece’s Arta, is an explorer, author, travel writer and tour operator.
After completing his studies at University and learning many languages, among which are English, Russian, Spanish, and French, Bizas made the decision to work in a field related to travel. Thus, he started his career as a tour escort with big tour operators in Greece.
After decades of traveling all over the world, Bizas proudly claims that he is the only Greek, not to mention one of the very few individuals on the planet, who has visited both the North and the South Pole.
In 1996 he took part in an expedition to the North Pole and nearly 18 years later, in 2014, he traveled to the South Pole.
He says that it was his duty, as a Greek, to raise the flag of his homeland there.
Today, he works as a manager at COSMORAMA Travel where he plans trips to places that are not well-known or popular, like Kurdistan or Transnistria.
Currently, he’s in North America with a group of people.
”We are now in New Brunswick of Canada, next to USA’s Maine and we are about to leave for our next destination, here on the East coast between USA and Canada” Bizas told the Greek Reporter.
They leave early morning every day to explore the autumn’s beauty of this side of the world.
Bizas’ planned tours are always full and booked months out.
Although mainly Greeks follow Bizas’ travels and take his tours, people from as far as Australia and the USA have booked and participated as well.
Bizas has always been a man who travels to unusual and unexpected destinations. By 2004 he had managed to visit every single sovereign State on Earth — not so difficult to imagine, taking into consideration that even as a University student he had already traveled as a backpacker nearly all over Europe.
It’s no wonder why many travelers, who want someone with the experience and knowledge to lead their tour to destinations where no tourist infrastructure is available, are looking upon him.
When asked about his favorite place, Bizas says that his passion is the tribal areas of Africa and Asia, where the old cultures and societies with deep roots and traditions have managed to survive even in today’s societies, resisting modernization.
No two tours Bizas conducts are the same — not even when he tours the same country. Every time he returns from a trip, something different is added to the next itinerary.
No matter what you believe or where you come from, we all must agree on one thing: Bizas is a symbol and a live legend of Greece!