Mad Travelers: A Tale of Wanderlust, Greed, and the Quest to Reach the Ends of the Earth

Mad Travelers: A Tale of Wanderlust, Greed, and the Quest to Reach the Ends of the Earth
Mad Travelers: A Tale of Wanderlust, Greed, and the Quest to Reach the Ends of the Earth

by Dave Seminara is a captivating exploration of extreme travel, con artistry, and the allure of uncharted frontiers. Let’s delve into the details:


  • Meet William Simon Baekeland, a brilliant young con artist who posed as a billionaire heir to a plastics fortune.
  • At just twenty-three, Baekeland was already on his way to becoming the world’s best-traveled person, having visited 163 countries.
  • His real passion? Challenging destinations: war-torn cities, disputed territories, and remote islands officially off-limits.
  • Baekeland earned rock-star status in the world of extreme travel by ingeniously bringing fellow wanderers to these difficult-to-reach places.
  • But when his story unraveled, a group of hyper-well-traveled country collectors realized they’d been blind to the warning signs.
  • Mad Travelers takes readers to danger zones like Mogadishu and geographical oddities like Norway’s Bouvet Island.
  • It’s a raucous tale of adventure, intrigue, and the fundamental question: Why do some people travel while others stay home?


  • Cautionary Insights: By unraveling Baekeland’s deception, the book warns travelers about the perils of wanderlust and blind trust.
  • Extreme Travel Realism: Readers gain firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by those who seek the world’s most inaccessible corners.
  • Human Behavior Study: Mad Travelers delves into the psychology of wanderlust, obsession, and the allure of uncharted territories.
  • Cultural Exploration: Through Baekeland’s escapades, readers explore diverse cultures, danger zones, and the thrill of exploration.
  • Entertaining and Educational: The book combines adventure, humor, and international intrigue, making it an engaging read.


  • Whether you’re an armchair traveler or planning your next adventure, Mad Travelers offers a fascinating glimpse into the minds of extreme travelers and the risks they take.
  • As you turn the pages, you’ll question your own wanderlust and appreciate the fine line between adventure and deception.

Dave Seminara’s resourceful and curious approach turns an esoteric subject into a captivating study of human behavior. So, embark on this literary journey—it might just change how you view travel! 🌎📚✨

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Ed Hotchkiss

My goal is to travel to all the United Nations list of 193 countries of the world. For the rest of my life, I want to see and experience as much of the world as possible, while documenting it in photographs and observations.

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