Babis will turn 67 in September. At 22, he decided to make traveling the main goal of his life. Quite a strange decision for a person who was born under the Virgo constellation and had only $250 of capital available. Since then, Babis has made more than a thousand voyages, visited more than 200 countries, and confirmed that practice, multiplied by fame, can become a reliable foundation in life.
At first he happened to spend nights under bridges, fare-dodge and get into police station because of this but once, thanks to his extensive travel experience, a leading international travel company offered him the position of a top manager for organizing non-standard tours, with which Babis did a great job.
In parallel with traveling, a wandering Greek managed to study at the university of foreign languages, having learnt English, Russian, Spanish and French, since there was an opportunity to master them in practice.
Travels also gave food for the creation of books (one of them is dedicated to Russia), which cannot but bring income to the owner of the famous name entered in the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the most traveling person in the world’. The status of the once poor Greek has changed, but he assures that he is still happy with little and that the happiest people he has seen live on the island of Sao Tome and Principe in Africa. They live in poverty, but they always smile. Bizas himself is still somewhat similar to them: when going on trips, he takes only the essentials with him: a pair of shoes, two pairs of trousers, underwear and several shirts.
The traveler has a wife and, by an amazing coincidence, her name is Penelope. She does not have to always wait for her Odyssey, sometimes he takes her with him. Babis loves the North and the Arctic, rating these places by above five stars. In spring this year, guests and residents of Hatanga will have a unique opportunity to personally meet the traveler, according to the VKontakte social network page of the village of Hatanga. The pandemic can make adjustments to such intentions, but perhaps there will be exceptions to the rule for the illustrious traveler.
Text: Tatiana Rychkova, Photo: babisbizas.com