by Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Thursday 18 July 2013

Three years ago, travel blogger Bill Passman was sitting in a bar in Utila, Honduras, when he ran into an acquaintance and noticed her tattoo of a world map. When she said she planned to put a red dot on all the places she had visited, an inspired Passman decided to also tattoo the world map on his back — right down to the specific countries so he can update it with each country he’s been to by colouring it in. [Read an interview with Bill Passman]

It’s a shame he hasn’t updated his blog of his travel progress since. Still, it makes for a pretty sweet tattoo.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BILL PASSMAN
How many countries have you traveled to and how’s the tattoo colouring coming along?
The tattoo has the latest coloring but will another update in couple of months as I am currently in Thailand and will be visiting 3 new counties, India, Vietnam and Indonesia. Currently, I have visited approximately 75-80 counties.

What’s the most memorable country you’ve been to and why?
Most memorable country is difficult as every country has something special but hiking in Nepal for 18 days to Everest Base Camp was breathtaking scenery. To be standing at 5500 meters and have Everest and other mountains still so high above you is incredible. Overall Guatemala is my favorite country due to its natural beauty, amazing people, old Spanish colonial buildings and so inexpensive.

Any plans for new tattoos?
The only new tattoos I am considering are a compass to go with my world tattoo and possibly one of my favorite travel quotes. Haven’t decided which one.