Mike Spencer Bown

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Mike Spencer Bown (born c. 1969) is a Canadian traveler who extensively visited numerous locations backpacking over a span of 23 years, and was said to have been the first tourist to Mogadishu in many years.[1][2] Mike, who is a resident of Calgary, Alberta and has travelled for 23 years in over 190 countries.[3] He has been unwilling to put an exact number on the number of countries visited out of a keenness to avoid arguments about whether some of them are independent nations.[4]

Bown has written a book about his travels, due for publication in October 2017.[5]


  1. ^ Abdinur, Mustafa Haji (2010-12-10). "Mogadishu's 'first tourist' puzzles immigration officials". Google News. AFP. Retrieved 2013-11-27.
  2. ^ Platt, Michael (2013-10-02). "Calgary man Mike Spencer Bown becomes world's most travelled after finishing 23-year odyssey". "Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  3. ^ "The Best Travelled - UN Master List", The Best Travelled Retrieved 21 February 2016
  4. ^ Memmott, Mark (19 October 2013). "190-Plus Nations In 23 Years For World's 'Most Traveled' Man". NPR. Retrieved 2017-08-07.
  5. ^ "The World's Most Travelled Man". Douglas & McIntyre. Retrieved 2017-08-07.