Chronology – The Lexpedition 3.0

So far I have been to 80 countries on this glorious planet. And I have more adventures ahead.

Welcome to the Chronology of my travels.



The Lexpedition 3.0 – On New Year’s Eve of 2010, I embarked on my second massively-unscripted global adventure. I started in Vietnam and ended up in Iceland, with 41 other countries sprinkled in along the way during my 448-day, non-stop voyage.

In addition to several life-changing experiences, I also endured more than my fair share of long bus and train rides, connecting flights, quiet dinners, and beers alone. Oh, and many hours on the Internet or comparing notes with fellow travelers to figure out my next destination, and the details and logistics required to get from here to there.

Once again I spent a great deal of time in my beloved India, including another trekking season in the Himalayas of Ladakh and Zanskar. I also enjoyed a healthy sampling of the Asian continent on this trip, including five exceptional weeks in Laos, a month in Sri Lanka, and three weeks in Mongolia.

Spain was my home for six weeks. I also explored several off-the-beaten-path European countries including Romania, Macedonia, Ukraine, and Bulgaria. I passed through four of the six European Microstates of Andorra, Monaco, Lichtenstein and San Marino. Having visited Vatican City while studying in Spain with Mitch, Paul, and Chuck in spring of 1989, the only Microstate that eludes me is Malta. But don’t worry, That Mediterranean gem is definitely on my list!

And, as luck would have it, my buddy Mitch was working as an international lawyer in Kosovo and offered me his convertible Volkswagen EOS for a few weeks.  How cool is that? I drove Mitch’s car for 19 days, covering 2,300 km (1,400 miles) while seeing Albania and all seven of the former Yugoslavian countries of Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Montenegro. Croatia is a fantastic country and deserves a whole month (or more) of my life at some point down the road.

Speaking of former countries, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan in Central Asia are not yet on the travel radar. But they soon will be. These are four of the 15 Post-Soviet States created when the USSR dissolved in 1991. I spent more than three weeks in Kyrgyzstan alone, and with a chronic, prolonged case of diarrhea notwithstanding, I loved every bit of my time in that amazing country. The highlight: My four-day hiking and camping adventure with Rudy and Veronika in the beautiful wilderness near Karakol. The Silk Road city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan, featuring the ancient and glorious Registan, was one of the high points of my trip.

Depending on your definition, there are fifty countries in Europe; there are only eight I have not visited yet. I mentioned Malta above. Six of the others are actually the Post-Soviet States of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Russia. And the eighth is Cypress. But don’t worry, all those countries are on my list too.

Even though I visited 43 countries on The Lexpedition 3.0, the bulk of what I wrote about in my book, The Lexpedition, is from my adventures in Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Mongolia, India, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, and the ‘Stans of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Nothing against any of the other countries, but for some reason, most of my favorite moments and memories have occurred in the raw and under-developed countries I find so interesting and captivating. Let’s face it; I’m not expecting to have a life-changing moment in London, Paris, or Dublin. I love each of those fine cities, but I prefer the Himalayas, or the newness of a back alley in Hanoi or Phnom Penh, or a quiet beach on an Indonesian island any day of the week.

Here are the details of The Lexpedition 3.0
(You can sort by location, country, date, or use the search bar)

Next Step: Check out the details of my travels since 2014 on “The Lexpedition 4.0”















So far I have been to 80 countries on this glorious planet. And I have more adventures ahead.

Welcome to the Chronology of my travels. There are several components to my Chronology:

The first is the list of countries I have visited, including the first year I was there (see below).

The second list shows the details of my 499-day journey that I call “The Lexpedition 2.0.”

The details of my “Lexpedition 3.0” trip (448 days) are provided in the third list.

The fourth gives you the data for my adventures since August 2014, aka “The Lexpedition 4.0.”

The Compiled List shows ALL the details from The Lexpedition 2.0, 3.0 and 4.0. It’s pretty cool, as you can see my repeat visits to the same cities, islands or countries over many years of travels.

List of Countries I Have Visited

Here are the countries I have visited and the first year I was there. The list begins in 1979 when my family went to Tijuana, Mexico on our cross-country trip in our red Volkswagen van. My list includes “The Lexpedition 1.0” – my travels prior to my first major trip in 2006


List of Countries I Have Visited
(You can sort by country, year or #, or use the search bar)

Next Step: Check out the details of my 499-day journey that I call “The Lexpedition 2.0.”

I Launched My Book on Kickstarter – The Lexpedition

The Lexpedition Book - Now Live on Kickstarter

November 16, 2016

Hello everybody,

After years and years of traveling all over the globe, and hundreds of hours of writing, editing and preparing, I’m very excited to announce…

The Lexpedition book is now available on Kickstarter!


The Lexpedition book is a collection of my favorite inspirational and adventurous stories of my travels through 77 countries.  Of course, I have sprinkled in a huge helping of humor, insights, and full-color photos. My hope is that you will actually feel inspired and entertained as you read my book. And perhaps, you will feel like you are right there with me on my adventures. I really hope you like my book.

I’m launching on Kickstarter so that you can pre-order my book, which will begin shipping in early December.

The Kickstarter campaign will end on December 8th so that I can begin packing and shipping my books to you as soon as possible. So please make sure to get in before the fun is over.

The first 24 hours of my Kickstarter campaign will be crucial to gain traction and momentum, so I would really appreciate your early support and consideration.

Don’t worry, it’s quick and easy to create a Kickstarter account if you don’t already have one (you can link your Facebook account in less than a minute if you want to go that route).

So please, take a look at The Lexpedition on Kickstarter and hop on board.

And then please share the news with your friends and family. If we are not already friends on Facebook, you can friend me here.

Thank you all very much for your continued support. And I hope you will enjoy my new book. Let’s have some fun….

Peace & Love,

Lex Latkovski