Lesley Carter Wants Her Son to Break a World Travel Record
One of the top travel Influencers in the world, Lesley Carter, wants to break a world travel record. She’s the owner of Bucket List Publications, and she has visited every continent, more than 150 countries, all of the provinces in Canada, all of the states in the US, and all of the countries in the Caribbean. Now, she’s turned her focus to her two-year-old son, Maxwell. She wants to make him the youngest child to visit every continent in the world. The current Guinness Book of Records holder is seven years old, but Lesley would like Max to visit every continent before he reaches 5 years of age. The plans are in motion. Here’s how she is going to make it happen.
North America was immediately covered because it’s Max birth continent. In North America, Max has visited USA, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Haiti, and Dominican Republic. Max has been to 11 states in the US so we asked Lesley which state seems to be his favorite so far. Lesley said, “I’d say his favorite state is Florida. We were able to play in the sand, touch a shark, snorkel with tons of fish off of the Florida Keys, feed giant tarpon from our hands, visit a drive-thru zoo, and explore a number of museums. Max also loved Colorado where he played in snow for the first time and learned to ski.”
The second continent Max visited was Asia with a recent trip to Dubai. With such a long trip, we asked Lesley what was the most difficult part of traveling to Dubai with a toddler. She said, “I thought the 16-hour flight would be difficult but it was a direct flight with Emirates from Dallas to Dubai. Max slept most of the flight and was comfy in his own seat. Emirates does an excellent job catering to children. Max had a snuggly blanket and delicious food. It really made the flight easy. The time difference was difficult though. There were nights where Max wanted to put on his shoes at 3am and go out to play. Obviously, that couldn’t happen but try explaining that to a two-year-old. They still had an amazing experience with stays at Atlantis, The Palm and Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach.
The third continent on their list is Oceania. They plan to visit Fiji in June. Lesley’s previous trip to Fiji was one of the best adventures of her life. She is looking forward to seeing it again through the eyes of her child. “I think Fiji with a toddler will be a completely different experience. The last time I visited, I participated in extreme adventures like skydiving and whitewater rafting. While I won’t be doing things like that this time, I love the culture, the beaches, and the people of Fiji. I’m certain it will be a dream trip once again.”
Europe will mark the fourth continent in July. Lesley is currently considering Austria, but with the possibility of a cruise, they could visit a number of European countries in one trip.
Africa will mark continent number five in September. They are booked for a trip to Uganda with Uganda Gorilla Tour. Lesley visited Uganda several years ago to experience gorilla and chimpanzee trekking in the country, but she fell in love with the other wildlife sightings and the amazing staff at the tour company, Uganda Gorilla Tour. She’s excited to share those experiences with Max.
That just leaves South America and Antarctica. There are tons of direct flights to South America from Dallas on a daily basis so that should be pretty easy to cross off in the next few months. Antarctica will be the most difficult continent to reach, but Lesley is confident that she can make it a reality once all other continents have been completed.
This will be a remarkable feat if it’s complete in the next couple of years. The current world record holder is 7 years old. If Maxwell visits all seven continents in the next two years, he will still only be 4 years old completing this remarkable journey. Follow along and see if they can make it a reality.