Lee Ab­ba­monte

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At 32, Lee Ab­ba­monte be­came the first per­son to visit ev­ery coun­try in the world when he landed in Libya. He's in Seat­tle this month for the an­nual Wine, Women and Shoes event. Where spoke with Lee about his travels and what he loves about Seat­tle. Check out the record of his travels at lee­ab­ba­monte.com.

You’ve been to ev­ery coun­try, but have you vis­ited ev­ery state?

Yeah. My new thing is all the na­tional parks.

You’re in town for Wine, Women and Shoes, which is rais­ing money for Olive Crest—how did you get in­volved with the event?

My friend Jen Jedda [owner of JJ Caprices and part­ner with the event], who fol­lows me on social media, she came to a meet-up I had in Muk­il­teo. We got along and we stayed in touch and she in­vited me along to do this char­ity thing.

Seat­tle made your 30 Most Beau­ti­ful Cities in the World list—what is it about Seat­tle that put it on the list?

Seat­tle is a beau­ti­ful 56 place. You can’t re­ally deny that, es­pe­cially in the sum­mer. If you get out on Puget Sound and do a boat ride, that view look­ing back to­ward the city and on the clear days when you can see Mount Rainier in the back— that’s pretty spe­cial. The Pa­cific North­west is prob­a­bly the most un­der­rated part of Amer­ica. Seat­tle be­ing the big­gest city there re­ally does a pretty good job.

You’ve been to Seat­tle mul­ti­ple times. Why is it worth com­ing back?

It’s a beau­ti­ful city, there I would rec­om­mend go­ing [to Seat­tle] for sure. Tak­ing a boat tour in Puget Sound with­out ques­tion. Check­ing out the [Pike Place] Mar­ket tak­ing your photo in front of the first Star­bucks, the usual tourist stuff. Go­ing to a sports event or a Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton game in the sta­dium they just re­mod­eled. Olympic Na­tional Park and Mount Rainier are both worth for sure go­ing to—maybe do­ing two days in the city If I had to pick one, I would prob­a­bly say Mount Rainier just be­cause it’ll stick with you the most. It’s so beau­ti­ful and Mount Rainier is such a land­mark, so to speak.

Is there any place left on your travel wish list?

There’s al­ways places left. That’s the thing about travel. It’s kind of like golf. It’s a hobby you can have your whole life. In terms of new places, try­ing to go back to new places or places in a coun­try I didn’t go to the first time or the 10th time. I want to climb the tallest peak on each con­ti­nent. I’ve done two of the seven.

Are you a carry-on only per­son?

Carry-on only. I’m a bit of a pack­ing snob. Check­ing [bags] stresses me out.

Best piece of travel ad­vice you’ve picked up through the years.

Take half the clothes and twice the money.

Mount Rainier Na­tional Park

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