I am a hotel manager and a traveler born in 1973. Since 1994, I have run a rented hotel Hromovka in the town of Spindleruv Mlyn - www.hromovka.cz, www.nejlepsihotel.cz. Traveling is a part of my DNA, however, I didn't begin to accomplish my goals in an intensive way until 2003. I have traveled 99 UNESCO countries and 280 UNESCO sites. I've traveled a substantial part of the world with my wonderful daughter Alexandra (1998), and later, I happened to meet a nice, bold and dependable girlfriend Veronica who got also completely absorbed in traveling. Well, finally, it started to have the right momentum.
My long-term traveler's goal is to visit all the countries and all the sites on the UNESCO's prestigious World Heritage List. These are 999 sites which were able to acquire this prestigious status. I came up with this idea in 2004, when I began to travel more intensively. I wanted to see everything, but I didn't know where to turn. The world is huge, life is short and I wanted to find a key which would help me explore the planet in a systematic manner with the aim to personally visit all that's important.
I founded UNESCOCLUB, The Club of Independent Travelers (www.unescoclub.cz) in 2004. Currently, there are nearly a thousand registered travelers. UNESCOCLUB serves as a place for individual travelers who want to achieve an interesting position in the hierarchy of travelers. Given that every club member receives a certain position on the TOP TRAVELER list along with his registration, any place he visits puts him in a higher position. Everyone can, within their capabilities, compete with themselves or with others who reach a similar travel intensity in the course of their lifetime. This way, it is very interesting and motivating to keep achieving better positions. The website has several unique features, but it is primarily used for personal records of visited countries and sights of each individual traveler
The sites on the UNESCO list are selected according to strict criteria of a number of wise heads, and the approval process itself can last for as long as 15 years. And even then, the site may still not be getting on the list. They are extraordinary places, significance, history and uniqueness of which are unrivaled. In my opinion, it's not impossible to visit a number of places close to thousand. I'm giving it a try.
Veronika Machova (1989), traveler
I have traveled 36 countries, the majority of which is located on the black continent. Photography, route planning and foreseeing risks and complications are my tasks. I spend 5 months a year on the road, and for the rest of the year, I work at the Hromovka hotel in Spindleruv Mlyn.