Antigua and Barbuda: The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority are celebrating with thirty-seven-year-old world traveller Romaine Welds, who, on arrival into Antigua and Barbuda today at the V.C. Bird International Airport, has completed his quest to visit all 195 countries in the world.
The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, The Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority and The Jamaican Consulate in Antigua warmly welcomed Welds, alongside his family and travel friends who journeyed to Antigua to mark the momentous occasion with him.
Welds, who is Jamaican-born and migrated to the United States of America in 2007, is the first Jamaican and possibly the first person in the Caribbean to achieve this goal.
Marketing Communications Manager for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Maria Blackman, said, “We’re thrilled to be sharing in this celebration with Romaine. How amazing is it to be able to travel and experience the wonders and cultures of the world. We invite you to explore our twin-island paradise and immerse yourself in our culture. We also look forward to welcoming all future world explorers.”
Honourary Consul for Jamaica in Antigua and Barbuda, Dr Onika Campbell, proudly said, “It is warming to welcome my fellow Jamaican and his team to Antigua and Barbuda. Antigua and Barbuda is home to many Jamaican nationals who, for decades, continue to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the people.
“Your decision to complete your visit to Antigua and Barbuda speaks volumes of the historic, established and the continuous bi-lateral relationship between Antigua and Barbuda and Jamaica”, noted Dr Campbell.
Welds said his travel adventures began when he decided to visit bucket-list places he would see on National Geographic. From there, he moved on to the ‘7 Wonders of the World’, then the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) countries and the list kept growing. In 2016 when he reached his then goal of visiting 100 countries by the age of 30, he decided to take on the world!
He reflected, “As a student in Jamaica, I used to love geography. It was my favourite subject, but never in a million years did I imagine that I would end up visiting every nation in the world. It has been a life-changing experience. I’ve learned so much while travelling and meeting other inspiring global globetrotters, and now finally, I have made it to the end line, visiting 195 countries while working full time!”
On his reason for choosing Antigua and Barbuda as his final destination, Welds said, “I thought it would be great to complete this journey close to home where it all started. I settled mostly on Antigua because it seems like a mini-hub in the Caribbean with many flight connections. As I wanted my friends and family to get flights easily to join me on this final journey, and also for the beautiful beaches – the choice fell on Antigua & Barbuda.”
Romaine will spend a week in Antigua, exploring the destination with friends.