Some of my friends and family have referred to me as a 'world traveller'. I don't think I quite qualify for that distinction, as I've only visited 3 of the 7 continents, and I've never been south of the equator.
But what qualifies someone to be called a world traveller? I've made a list here of what I feel a world traveller must have accomplished to earn that title. I've put a (check) after the ones I've done.
He or she must have:
visited all 6 inhabited continents.
crossed the equator.
crossed the international date line (check).
circumnavigated the world in a continuous east-west or west-east direction (check).
travelled north of the Arctic Circle, and south of the Tropic of Capricorn.
visited the 4 oceans, and several major seas (eg. the Meditteranean, Caribbean) (check).
travelled by various means: airplane, ship, train, bus, and more exotic transportation (check).
lived at least 6 months in one overseas location (double check).
visited every major climate/terrain zone: desert, mountain, prairie or steppe, rain forest, savanna, tundra, marsh, forest.
visited most of what I call the 'world capitals': London, Paris, Rome, Moscow, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, Los Angeles (all check), plus Tokyo, Mumbai (Bombay), Jerusalem, Cairo, Johannesburg, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Sydney.
visited at least one quarter (50) of the world's countries (I've only visited 19, so far).