I'm Gary Gray. For the last 53 years I've been a dedicated independent (mostly) traveler covering all 7 continents and 135 countries. For me, the idea isn't to keep score (although I'm always asked, so I start with that. I wrote elsewhere that part of travel is to experience the foreign-ness of it all, to be out of our element, and thus, more aware, more observant, to marvel at the new, the different, the strange-to-us. Travel challenges us, changes us, and inspires a sense of marvel and wonderful newness to us. So it has been for 53 years, and so--I hope--it will continue for a little longer.