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Man to talk about his travels to 187 countries — and he’s not done yet

  • Robert “Bo” Warren poses at an outdoor market in Tehran, Iran, one of the many travels he plans to describe at a talk Thursday evening. Submitted photo


Monday, October 16, 2017

SHELBURNE FALLS — “Around the World and Home Again: How a Simple Man Saw the Whole World,” is how Robert “Bo” Warren describes the illustrated talk he plans to give Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center.

Yet he admits that he hasn’t seen the whole world — yet.

At 71, he’s traveled to 187 countries over 31 years as part of a personal quest to visit them all. But he’s planning to see the remaining six as part of travels that he plans to continue this fall.

The free talk, sponsored by the Franklin Land Trust, will mark the first time that Warren talks publicly about his travels.

“It’s been a personal journey,” he says of the traveling that was for his personal pleasure and education. “It’s been the center of my life for 31 years, a goal for my life.”

Warren plans to travel this fall to Surinam and French Guyana in South America, the only countries on that continent that he hasn’t been to.

He’s never traveled to North Korea, although he attempted it four times, aborting those each time.

And, he says, he’s yet to visit the Maldives Islands in the Indian Ocean, or to Samoa, New Caledonia or the Vanuatu archipelago, all in the Pacific. Warren adds, “My walk about the world has humbled me and expanded my thinking about my place in the world. Over the years, I have found similar truths in every city, town, and village … I found common hopes and common fears. Witnessing this, hearing the stories and feeling the inherent kindness of all the communities all over the world, has broadened my understanding of what could be the key to connecting all of us.”

The public is welcome and asked to RSVP at franklinlandtrust.org or by calling 413-625-9151.