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In the summer of 2009, Nicolas Rapp decided to take a break from his Art Director job at The Associated Press to attempt a one-year overland travel around the world in a 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser. He was back in New York in February 2011 after traveling 15 months and 37,000 miles.

Visited countries


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  • Want to see some stamps?

    Posted on March 18th, 2011 Nicolas No comments

    Hello all!
    Hope you are well, and want you to know I miss you guys a lot. On my side, I have been looking for a job since I am back. It is good to be back home, but I still don’t have an apartment, and I am usually very busy.
    Recently, I scanned my passport to keep a record of it before I request a new one from the French consulate in NY. If you like colorful stamps, you may enjoy it.

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41 Responses to “Want to see some stamps?”

  1. Charlie A (Santa Clara, Ca.)

    Hey Nick,

    I’m still here. It’s 4:45 in the morning and I need to get out of bed. It’s time for work. It’s not the greatest job, but it will have to do for now. Have a great day my friend.

  2. Nick, I hope you haven’t sent your passport off yet! There is no way I would get rid of it – just request a new one and say that your old one was lost or stolen. That would be an awesome heirloom to pass on to your future generations!

  3. Nick, good to hear from you! Resettling in NY sounds like another big adventure. I’m with Dexter, too bad you have to turn in your passport. They should make an exception for you. And…oooh lala, how French you look with the little mustache 🙂

  4. Good to hear from you, Nick. Also good the hear you are enjoying being back in NY.

  5. Nick,
    Thanks for sharing your stamps. Still hard to believe sometimes how many countries you journied through. 35 all together? Our thoughts are with you on your next journey.

  6. Awesome! I love to see this kind of thing. Means people have had the guts to step outside their comfort zone and are usually better for it – just like you. Wish my passport had as many!! Continued wishes for good luck on the job search.


  7. That is way cool. The pictures you took and your blog are really great, but, as someone else noted what a fantastic personal item to keep and pass on some day. Thanks again for letting us all come along for the ride.

  8. Talk about the ultimate souvenir. Good luck on our job search

  9. @ Dexter L,

    I was told that they normally send your passport back, possibly hole-punched or marked “invalid”. Have you heard of some sort of policy update where they don’t return it?


  10. Hi Nick,

    Sorry to hear you are looking for a place to stay and work. How boring would that be? 😉 Your collection looks nice. Certainly worth keeping. In the Netherlands they might let you keep yours for sentimental reasons. I still have all of mine! They just clip some part of the passport to make it invalid.

    Hope to visit you in a few years when we reach the more northern part of our trip…

    Adventurous greetings,

  11. awesome! hope you get to keep it.

  12. I too am sentimental about my passport. During my expat work life I had to have 2 new sets of pages sewn in. It quickly became my journal and when I recently had to detail my travel for a new job, I turned to my passport. The good news is … they gave up collecting expired passports a long time ago. I still have all of mine, beginning with the one I got in 1973. Check to be sure, but you should be able to keep your treasure.

  13. Impressive! I have United Arab Emerites, Germany, London and Australia.

  14. Hey, Nick, I loved seeing all the stamps. I have all of my old passports, too. My kids love looking through them and asking about all the places.

    Hope you find a home, job, and wife soon! Tweet when you do!!!!!


  15. Those were really interesting to look at! Good luck with the job hunting!

  16. Did you return the money that was left?

  17. HI Nick,
    I am embarrassed to admit I just recently learned of your journey in a local newspaper here in Philadelphia. Quickly I logged on to your website and spent the last week reading about your travels and sharing your adventures with my family. I enjoyed reading your blogs and wish you all the best in the future.

  18. I wonder what any officials have to say about your fully loaded passport?

    Anyway, as for everyone else’s concern about the passport being gone, I don’t think there’s a cause to worry. When you renew your passport, you normally should be able to request your old one returned to you… they just clip the corner and mark it as invalid 🙂

    Good luck with the job hunting Nick! Wish me luck too! I’m glad I’m still here and not in Japan yet… I guess that job will be on hold for now!

  19. Hi Nick, looking at the stamps makes me wanna travel…It has been an interesting journey! Good luck with the job hunting!

  20. That’s good to hear, everyone – my passport’s only stamps are from a trip to India a few years back, so I’ve never had to get a new one! I can’t imagine not having something like that for my kids. Best of luck in the job search Nick!

  21. Harvey (Naples, FL)


    Thanks for the post… I (We) needed it!

    By releasing your passport, you’ve further incited the call of Mark Twain… “”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

    Your passport is documentary evidence of the life you’ve lived over a 15 month period. It is your memory, your travel log, your history, YOU… spilled out on paper for the world to see what’s inside your heart and soul. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” — St. Augustine. Your post has allowed you to share those many pages and in turn… excite those of us who have traveled and/or want to travel!

    Thanks for sharing and giving us all continued hope of the 500+ page manuscript you’ll deliver one day for the planet to soak up and re-live your adventure over and over and over.

    Best comment to date is the most insightful:

    Sheilla – March 19th, 2011

    I am embarrassed to admit I just recently learned of your journey in a local newspaper here in Philadelphia. Quickly I logged on to your website and spent the last week reading about your travels and sharing your adventures with my family. I enjoyed reading your blogs and wish you all the best in the future.

    How many more hundreds of thousand if not millions of Sheilla’s are out there who have yet discovered what the rest of us sat on the edge of our computer chairs… waiting day by day for “News from Nick”?

  22. YOu got a full page in our little hometown Sunday paper here in Central Florida. I miss reading about your adventures….good job hunting.

  23. Marielle Lelantier

    Quel aventurier tu fais ! La preuve sur ce fameux passeport et donc il faut absolument que tu le gardes. Bon retour à NY.


  24. We recently renewed our passports and they returned the expired ones to us by mail. Maybe yours will be returned also.
    Hope so. Kay

  25. Marlon Trivino (Eastvale, CA)

    Nice to hear from you, Nick. Hope all is well.

    Call the French Consulate first to see what they would do with an expired passport. Then decide if you need to say you lost your passport or just turn it in knowing you’ll get it back.

    Later my friend.

  26. Kathleen from North Dakota

    I love my expired passports and I surely hope you will be able to retain yours. I miss your updates and was pleased to find this current post. You will be such an asset to whatever place you find employment. I look forward to your book and the movie~


  27. nice stache bro!

  28. Jason in Arkansas

    Thank you ever so much for the update. What an amazeing piece of history you have with that passport. We have found that following your blog is similar to the old milk slogan. It does the body (spirit) good. Each new blog is like takeing a sip of a new found wine. You take it in to cherish the many different flavors, and before you know it, you have drank an entire bottle finding yourself only to want more.

    I have found myself enjoying your comments as much as I enjoy the blog. Every time that I open the page to read the comments, I find myself looking for your latest words of encouragment.



  29. Hey Nick,
    Thanks for sharing. Good luck on the job trail.Hard work out there.

  30. HI Nick,
    I just read about your adventure in today’s local newspaper in Northern California. I am very impressed!
    I was sorry to read some of the troubles you had in Delhi. I feel sometimes people have so much time on their hands, so they just stare, however, I do think they are harmless most of the times.

    Good luck with your job search!


  31. Sally in SJ California

    Your article & photos were published in our travel section, 3-27-2011. What a marvelous adventure. I’d read a section and imagine being with you, continue on
    to another segment. What tales to be told. Being a senior with the wonderings of adventure myself I truely admire your curiosity for the world around you. Looking forward to your updates now that I have you website saved. Best wishes for a nice home and good job you enjoy. Thank you for sharing your adventures.

  32. WOW!! I had so much fun reading your adventure. last Sunday, in our local paper here in the San Francisco Bay Area, they featured your story, and I immediately went to your blog to start reading. I started on Sunday(March 27th) and just now finished reading it on April 1st! I wish I had found your blog sooner, but I still very much enjoyed reading it all the way through with a beginning and and ending.
    It must be so odd to be back, after such an adventure and all that you saw around the world.
    I hope you find a job soon, and I really hope you continue your life adventure on here 🙂 Thanks for sharing such a wonderful experience with all of this through your blog.

  33. Jenni-KIrkland, WA

    So, Back for good? Does that mean you have found a place? That would be the dream of my life, to be “back for good” in NYC. I have only been there once, just after you “rolled aboard” to move out of Africa…. that part always cracks me up!! But it was of course as great as I had always imagined. Best wishes on all you seek. – Jenni

  34. Joanne in New Jersey

    I really miss your postings! Good luck with your job hunt, but in the meantime there is a book to be written (hint!).

    Joanne in New Jersey

  35. Harvey (Naples, FL)


    Take Nicolas Rapp + The Beatles + Bette Midler – Put them in a video and mix them up for 3 min. then pour it all out on YouTube!

  36. Jason in Arkansas

    I assume (yes we all know what happens when one assumes) that you put that slide show together. I thought that it was great. Very thoughtful and kind. Thank you for sharing.


  37. Ms. Marti~Nashville, TN

    Harvey, how excellent!! The UTube video put a smile on my face. You included many of my favorite pictures! I have the one where he is stuck in the mud on my bullentin board at work! Nice work!!

    Ms. Marti

  38. Here’s a good article about another travel-adventure story

  39. Donna Ft Lauderdale Fl

    Hey Nick….. I bet you’ll be able to keep the passport, Keep it in a zip lock bag to protect it. Have you thought about contacting someplace like National Geographics to see it they’d be interested in doing a story of your trip with so many great cultural pictures and with so many interesting details as you went through the countries? Hope you find an apartment soon, but guess you need to get that job first, huh?.. 🙂

  40. Your Ecuador stamp is much prettier than mine! I recently went to Ecuador on a one week mission trip. If Nick can travel the world for over a year, I can go for one week. It was an awesome experience. Last Sunday’s paper had a quote “Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.”

  41. Nick , is there anyway to read your blog from the begining ?