Daniel Herszberg about to affix the ‘each nation on earth’ membership

Daniel Herszberg about to affix the ‘each nation on earth’ membership
In a market in Damascus, Syria.

In a market in Damascus, Syria. Credit score:Daniel Herszberg

He took his first journey aged 2, when he accompanied his South African-born mom to go to his great-grandmother in Canada.

Vacation jobs largely funded his early travels, whereas schooling grants allowed him to check abroad and he later labored as a lawyer in Hong Kong.

Herszberg give up his job in September 2019 to journey full time, however COVID-19 lockdowns and border closures put his plans on hiatus and he switched to travelling by regional Australia.

Now Herszberg is endeavor a PhD in politics and society in Asia at Oxford College, whereas lodge chains and tourism boards have offered him some assist in return for a shoutout to his 77,000 Instagram followers at @dhersz.

He has by no means had malaria or COVID-19, however his life was at risk in a boating accident Venezuela.


“I used to be on the best way again from Angel Falls and our boat flipped in rapids,” he says. “I misplaced all the things, I left Venezuela with my arm in a sling.”

Because the grandson and great-grandson of Holocaust survivors, he mentioned having an Australian passport was a privilege. “It makes it barely surreal and intensely humbling to assume that whereas each door was closed to my household, in the present day my Australian passport has opened the door to each nation on earth.”

After he achieves the feat, Herszberg will concentrate on his research.

“A lot of this journey has been about listening and studying. I don’t know if in my early 20s I used to be outfitted to see all that I noticed – individuals lifeless within the streets and kids too hungry to boost an arm.

“I’ve felt {that a} return to academia has helped me in my quest of making an attempt to make sense of the world round me and this curiosity that I’ve had.

“Regardless of the place persons are from, South Sudan to the hilltops of Papua New Guinea. Everybody needs their youngsters to be protected and put meals on the desk. There may be core human behaviour that turns into very clear shifting from one society to a different.

“The final word lesson is that by listening I’m studying.”

However there’s one last frontier that has eluded Herszberg.

The globe trotter is puzzled till The Sunday Age places it to him: he has by no means been into area.

He laughs and says: “Watch this area.”

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