Dave Cornthwaite has traveled more than you ever will. And harder too. So far, the British adventurer, 33, who quit his desk job
eight years ago, has skated more than 3,600 miles across Australia, paddled 2,400 miles down the Mississippi River and swam 1,000 miles of the Missouri River. Next up: rowing across an ocean, horseback riding across Mongolia, and paragliding over the Himalayas. Driving all this is his Expedition1000
, a set of 25 self-propelled journeys, each of which traverses at least 1,000 miles.
Since Cornthwaite has seen so many of this world’s greatest places—whether via kayak, tandem bike or sailing boat—we asked him to name our planet’s 5 must-visit spots. The adventurer, author, and motivational speaker obliged; here’s his list: