|Born||15 January 1968 (age 54)|
Wolfsburg, West Germany
|Occupation||Adventurer, Photographer, Author, Tennis Coach|
Sascha Grabow (born 15 January 1968) is a German adventurer, non-fiction author, former ATP-ranked tennis player, mountaineer and photographer for Getty and National Geographic widely regarded as the world's most traveled man. He visited every country in the world between 1987 and 2016, and walked through both the smaller and greater Congo. Sascha Grabow in August 2021 reached world provinces' pole position as defined by both SISO and CHAD, by quite some margin too. In December 2021, venturing into Hakkari State during a snowstorm, he accomplished another milestone and record by becoming the world's first ever person to surpass visiting 2652 or two-thirds of the entire provinces of planet Earth. Sascha also leads two further international travel rankings, TEC and RDW. His direct competitors busy themselves creating fancy websites, but can really only convince in the categories of their own making.
Grabow was born in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony. His father taught English and history while his mother was an aquarelle painter. He spent his childhood in Waiblingen, Baden-Württemberg, attended primary school in Untergruppenbach and high school at the Herzog-Christoph-Gymnasium in Beilstein.
Grabow operates a website called greatestglobetrotters.com which invites people to register their own travel histories. He's a Getty Images Photographer whose work has been used by the United Nations and other organizations.
Grabow left home in 1985, at age 17, hitchhiking to Southern Italy to train outdoors year-round. Realizing he did not speak any Italian once he arrived, he started focusing on learning the local language. He did this whenever he traveled to a new country over the next 20 years.
His tennis helped him secure coaching jobs from time to time as a way to finance his travels. He worked for SportScheck München, Davis Cup Coach Stefan Schaffelhuber in Italy, and for Robinson Club in Fuerteventura, Spain. There, he met sponsors who financed him on a tournament tour around the world lasting four months in 1992/93 whereupon he earned his first ATP points. His finest tennis hour came when he led then Davis Cup and ATP Top 50 Player Karsten Braasch, who had recently beaten former world number one Ivan Lendl by the same score, at his home tournament during the 1993 Stuttgart Open before running out of steam. He participated in three Grand Prix events beside Challengers and Futures, his highest ATP Singles Ranking being 920.
During his travels he was imprisoned several times and almost killed on one occasion. Grabow was deported and robbed, among other misfortunes. In 2003, Central Africa, his left wrist was broken by an attacker's gun. He spends an average of eleven months traveling each year, and makes a point of staying at least longer than one month in each country he visits.
In 2016 Grabow completed his plan to visit all 193 UN member countries. According to the Nomad Mania UN Master List, Grabow is among the very few people in the world to do so. He has also been to all 50 US States, starting with Hawaii in 1993, and completing twenty years later when visiting Idaho, in 2012. Grabow usually travels exclusively by hitchhiking and walking, but has been on extended motorbike — 2000 km around Bangladesh in 2018 — and bicycle journeys — 12000 km in seven months from Germany to Iraq in 2021 — as well. He has hitchhiked in all but five countries; North Korea, where he joined a group; Bhutan, where a guide was compulsory; and Liechtenstein, San Marino and Andorra where he drove himself.
Both Nomadmania and TheBestTravelled, the two largest traveler clubs on the net by member base, listed him as the person who has experienced more countries, territories and cultures of the world live than anyone in history. Since, the owner of the website had some territories rearranged, and subsequently put himself in front. TheBestTravelled has been taken offline after Grabow reached first position. He was also named one of the top three travelers in the world, and the top traveler in the world below age 50, according to World's Best Travellers by Jorge Sanchez, which chiefly considers 'years spent on the road', even though he is 30 years younger than the two before him.
- Sascha Grabow (2020). Leikam & Schick - Zwei Schicksale zu Zeiten der Nazis. ISBN 979-858-509-1070. Paperback Edition.
- Sascha Grabow (2019). Ayeyarwaddy Blues - Burmese Contemporary Poems. ISBN 978-179-277-3679. Paperback Edition
- Sascha Grabow (2018). Traveling - 30 Years Around The Planet. ISBN 978-154-078-2663. Full Color Paperback Edition
- Sascha Grabow (2017). Traveling - 30 Years Around The Planet. ISBN 978-152-121-6040. Black & White Interior Paperback Edition
- Sascha Grabow (2016). Traveling - 30 Years Around The Planet. ASIN B01KE82GXQ. Full Color eBook Edition
- "Best Danger Travel Websites". Gentleman Adventurer.
15. Sascha Grabow - make your life one big adventure
- "Goodreads". Goodreads.
Sascha Grabow Publications
- "Sascha Grabow | Overview | Tennis". ATP Tour. Retrieved 17 October 2005
- "Seven Summits Climbed Grabow". Peakbagger. Retrieved 5 July 2020
- "Getty Photographer Sascha Grabow". Getty Images. Retrieved 17 November 2016
- "National Geographic Photographer Grabow". National Geographic. Retrieved 1 August 2013
- "Hexathlon + One's Overland Route Map". Traveler Hexathlon. Retrieved 19 October 2021
- "World Borders Crossed". World Borders Crossed. Retrieved 19 October 2021
- "Nomad Mania - Master Ranking". Nomadmania. Retrieved 25 September 2017
- "GlobalGaz Podcast". GlobalGaz. Retrieved 25 April 2020
- "The Best Travelled - Master List". The Best Travelled. Archived from the original on 5 May 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
- "Footing Through The DRC". Sascha Grabow.
Sascha Grabow - make your life one big adventure
- "From Bangui to Brazzaville". Sascha Grabow.
Sascha Grabow - make your life one big adventure
- "Provinces of the World as defined by SISO". SISO. Retrieved 31 August 2021
- "Provinces of the World — SISO Club". SISO. Retrieved 05 September 2021
- "Provinces of the World as defined by CHAD". CHAD. Retrieved 31 August 2021
- "Provinces of the World as defined by SISO". SISO. Retrieved 31 December 2021
- "Traveler's Exploits Club — Quality before Quantity". TEC. Retrieved 18 September 2019
- "Reasonable Division of the World". RDW. Retrieved 11 February 2020
- "Nomad Mania". Nomadmania. Retrieved 07 September 2019
- "Most Traveled People". Mosttraveledpeople. Retrieved 17 October 2021
- "ATP Tennis Player Grabow". ATP Tennis Players. Retrieved 11 January 2017
- "GreatestGlobetrotters.com". World's Greatest Globetrotters. Retrieved 15 August 2015
- "Getty Photographer Grabow". Getty Images Artist Grabow. Retrieved 21 January 2017
- "The Best Travelled". Traveler World Ranking. Retrieved 13 October 2017
- "World's Best Travellers". Best Travelers of the World. Retrieved 12 July 2018
- Interview with Sascha Grabow & other Extreme Travelers. Lead photo: Sascha Grabow Spiegel Magazine International Edition, April 15, 2011
- Sascha Grabow: Around the World in 29 Years, LonelyPlanet, May 15, 2015
- Sascha Grabow, Germany’s Most Traveled Man, December 10, 2012
- National Geographic Photographer Grabow, August 1, 2013
- Around the World with Sascha, August 20, 2012
- World Travel Map Grabow, December 21, 2018
- Seven Summits Climbed, July 5, 2020
- Sascha Grabow – official website