About Samer

WANDERLUSTER

Samer Kawar is an experienced world travel addict with an obsessive passion for exploring as much of the world as possible.  He has been to 164 UN / independent countries and 219 TCC countries during his 40 years of traveling / life, and has ambitious goals to visit all UN countries in the next few years, and all 327 TCC countries by age 50. 

Born and raised in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, Samer began traveling at a young age with his family to visit relatives in Amman, Jordan and Damascus, Syria.  Along the way, they would often need to connect in some beautiful places like Frankfurt (thanks to Lufthansa), Paris (Air France), Copenhagen (SAS), or Amsterdam (KLM)… and it was on one of these extended layovers that he caught the travel bug – bad. 

Since that day, Samer’s condition has progressively worsened, and by the age of 24, he had visited all 7 continents  — the seventh surprisingly being Australia, not Antarctica (which he visited in 2002).  He reached his next major goals in 2008 and 2014, setting foot in his 100th TCC country, Tajikistan, before his 30th birthday, and his 150th – Romania – at 35.  In late 2017, at 38, he reached his next goal of 200 TCC countries in Brunei, and 150 UN+ countries in Indonesia.  Next goals?  250 TCC countries, including all official UN Countries, before 45.  All 327 TCC countries (plus a couple others on his list) by 50!

 

On safari at the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

ARCHITECT

While first and foremost a travel junkie, Samer is also a trained Architect, receiving his Bachelor’s in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley in 2000.  A distinguishing feature of his site and blog is the architectural eye in which he views the world.  While his job mainly exists in order to pay for his travel addiction (it’s an expensive habit!!), he really does love architecture – which is evident in his numerous sketches and often architecturally-leaning posts.

One of his other goals is to prove that you do not need to be independently wealthy to be able to travel and see the world – you just need to make it a priority in life!  All of his trips since college have occurred while maintaining a full-time job and career in architecture.  Yes, it does cost money!  But it is all about your drive.  He has a crazy  passion for travel.  If you don’t have that, then there will always be an excuse as to why you can’t travel – you don’t have time, you don’t have money, you will do it later in life… you don’t want to give up your weekly mani/pedi, or your daily $7 triple-shot caramel mocha latte…  you get the point — it’s all about your priorities!

But if your passion is there, all you really need is some good financial planning (and saving!), a credit card, a willingness to be in a little (or a lot of!) debt, and a boss who lets you actually take your vacation time!  

 

URBANOPHILE

Samer Kawar is an experienced world travel addict with an obsessive passion for exploring as much of the world as possible.  He has been to 164 UN / independent countries and 219 TCC countries during his 40 years of traveling / life, and has ambitious goals to visit all UN countries in the next few years, and all 327 TCC countries by age 50. 

Born and raised in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, Samer began traveling at a young age with his family to visit relatives in Amman, Jordan and Damascus, Syria.  Along the way, they would often need to connect in some beautiful places like Frankfurt (thanks to Lufthansa), Paris (Air France), Copenhagen (SAS), or Amsterdam (KLM)… and it was on one of these extended layovers that he caught the travel bug – bad. 

Since that day, Samer’s condition has progressively worsened, and by the age of 24, he had visited all 7 continents  — the seventh surprisingly being Australia, not Antarctica (which he visited in 2002).  He reached his next major goals in 2008 and 2014, setting foot in his 100th TCC country, Tajikistan, before his 30th birthday, and his 150th – Romania – at 35.  In late 2017, at 38, he reached his next goal of 200 TCC countries in Brunei, and 150 UN+ countries in Indonesia.  Next goals?  250 TCC countries, including all official UN Countries, before 45.  All 327 TCC countries (plus a couple others on his list) by 50!

 

  • Tying prayer flags at La Lung La Pass, Tibet
  • Exploring my Bedouin roots at Wadi Rum, Jordan
  • Celebrating our arrival at Base Camp, Mt. Everest, Tibet
  • The blinding white salt flats of Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

CITIZEN OF THE WORLD

Samer Kawar is an experienced world travel addict with an obsessive passion for exploring as much of the world as possible.  He has been to 164 UN / independent countries and 219 TCC countries during his 40 years of traveling / life, and has ambitious goals to visit all UN countries in the next few years, and all 327 TCC countries by age 50. 

Born and raised in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, Samer began traveling at a young age with his family to visit relatives in Amman, Jordan and Damascus, Syria.  Along the way, they would often need to connect in some beautiful places like Frankfurt (thanks to Lufthansa), Paris (Air France), Copenhagen (SAS), or Amsterdam (KLM)… and it was on one of these extended layovers that he caught the travel bug – bad. 

Since that day, Samer’s condition has progressively worsened, and by the age of 24, he had visited all 7 continents  — the seventh surprisingly being Australia, not Antarctica (which he visited in 2002).  He reached his next major goals in 2008 and 2014, setting foot in his 100th TCC country, Tajikistan, before his 30th birthday, and his 150th – Romania – at 35.  In late 2017, at 38, he reached his next goal of 200 TCC countries in Brunei, and 150 UN+ countries in Indonesia.  Next goals?  250 TCC countries, including all official UN Countries, before 45.  All 327 TCC countries (plus a couple others on his list) by 50!

 

SAN FRANCISCAN

Samer Kawar is an experienced world travel addict with an obsessive passion for exploring as much of the world as possible.  He has been to 164 UN / independent countries and 219 TCC countries during his 40 years of traveling / life, and has ambitious goals to visit all UN countries in the next few years, and all 327 TCC countries by age 50. 

Born and raised in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, Samer began traveling at a young age with his family to visit relatives in Amman, Jordan and Damascus, Syria.  Along the way, they would often need to connect in some beautiful places like Frankfurt (thanks to Lufthansa), Paris (Air France), Copenhagen (SAS), or Amsterdam (KLM)… and it was on one of these extended layovers that he caught the travel bug – bad. 

Since that day, Samer’s condition has progressively worsened, and by the age of 24, he had visited all 7 continents  — the seventh surprisingly being Australia, not Antarctica (which he visited in 2002).  He reached his next major goals in 2008 and 2014, setting foot in his 100th TCC country, Tajikistan, before his 30th birthday, and his 150th – Romania – at 35.  In late 2017, at 38, he reached his next goal of 200 TCC countries in Brunei, and 150 UN+ countries in Indonesia.  Next goals?  250 TCC countries, including all official UN Countries, before 45.  All 327 TCC countries (plus a couple others on his list) by 50!

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

Q:    So… does Samer do anything other than traveling, planning travel, thinking about travel, talking about travel, or traveling in his own city?

A:    No, not really.

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