yeah what do you think the least visited

country in the world is well after a

quick Google search it turns out that

neither myself nor most people on the

street had ever even heard of this

extremely tiny country in the South

Pacific called Tuvalu yeah while trying

to figure out what this country is

located it was actually hard to even

spot it on a map

that’s because the entire country’s

landmass is only twice the size of the

LA Airport or even just a fourth of the

size of Disneyworld

Tuvalu has about 11,000 residents and

sadly one of the first countries to be

forecasted to disappear as a result of

rising oceans caused by climate change

since the day I found out about this

country I haven’t been able to stop

thinking about it wondering what the

people are like what there is to do in a

country without any tourism

infrastructure and wanting to go tell a

story about this country that could

possibly disappear very soon so he got

me a plane ticket to the least visited

country in the world and a few days away

from my departure I wasn’t too happy

about the setup for the trip can someone

tell me why I’m going alone I think

you’ve just been too comfortable and

your girlfriend has travelled to every

country including this one so if you’re

too afraid to do it alone then clearly

we should replace you with your

girlfriend

I’ve heard that there’s no like service

really and I also read just now

everything on the island is cash only

and there’s no ATM on the island so look

how do people get money I don’t know

what language these people speak do you

know what language they speak to value

to value on to the loo and language to

balloon and English that is the most

uniquely shaped by on the diversity of

its a worn middle yeah Wow yeah just a

quick stop in Fiji and the domestic

airport is pretty small

boarding flight number two

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thank you thank you all right it looks

like we’ve officially landed in Suva loo

the white boys

yeah dad

thank you nice to meet you too at first

thought oh wow there’s a lot more people

coming to visit to Allu than I thought

when I boarded the plane and then as I

slowly started having a conversation

with all these people every single one

of them is here to work with the UN not

here for tourism so looks like I might

be the only one let’s go see what this

hotel is all about is this the reception

yes what is your name

at Thomas Bragg hi where am I here okay

alright this is pretty nice there goes

the only plane in the entire country

leaves now does it come back for another

three days well everybody that seems to

find out that I’m here for visiting

seems pretty confused

and keeping the people working here

immigration lady she asked me so why are

you here sir

and I said Oh for fun should I miss you

guys for fun the Swedish boy is here

explore I probably get dressed to fit

the colors of the island a little bit

better alright this is a whole lot

better dump the head out a bike

yeah oh you have a bike here okay

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Wow the ocean water is so clear what the

hell

hi

you two will stay near boys salary

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this country is so thin you can

literally see both sides of the water

pretty much at any point do you see

there’s the lagoon and then there’s the

open water right here pretty much every

single person that I’ve crossed so far

walking is waving and saying hi already

just first impressions like love this

place

a lot of tourists here

hey yo Charlie yeah yeah how did I find

to Balu yeah

I googled what’s the least visited

country in the world and then I found

two balloons I was like oh I have I have

to go and see it I’ve been on this

island for about four hours now

and I still haven’t seen a single other

tourist it is

sunset time which means the locals have

taken over the airstrip and turn it into

their soccer field their volleyball

field and all sorts of different

activities going on right now I think

I’ve spotted my first tourists on the

entire island hi I’m Thomas I’m Sarah

good to meet you sweaty that’s all good

Thomas

Oh

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why are you here you have to vote yeah

Wow

and then half what off Australia Wow

I’ve joined a little local so I could

get him right now turns out that the

Australian guys that I saw here are half

  • Valen as well what is it you do during

the day I think the best thing you

probably do is try get out together all

my new Australian tubulin friends later

invited me to go have dinner with them

yes they then invited me over to the

grandparents house where some of their

family still lives and explained to me a

bit more but growing up on the island

was like can people sleep on the mat so

crazy to imagine that you grew up here

for how long

which how much of your life on and off

July 16 here Wow

tomorrow’s the language I thought

inspected it took a long time to get

used to mattresses are you serious how

many people live in this house nine but

then we have like visitors everywhere to

the boys out there if they like to come

and hang out here quite a fair bit so

sometimes they just pop out wherever

they want there’s sort of no boundaries

maybe it’s just wow that wraps up day

one and Tuvalu seeing how communal they

all live together was was awesome see

how tomorrow goes good night

we have arrived at the sunrise spot

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okay we’re about to go check out a local

bakery slash market let’s go see what

fresh – Valen the bakeries look like oh

my god that wasn’t me

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did we just arrive in heaven or what is

this place the jackpot hell yeah oh my

god okay first of all I want to start by

saying we met yesterday on the soccer

field and so right now we’re going out

on a boat and one of the other islands

so how many Islands Tuvalu hatbox like

survivor has eight islands we are on our

foot see the capital yeah thank you for

letting me tag along this is like I

don’t know what I’d be doing today if I

hadn’t met you guys

yeah but no worries back that’s awesome

that’s our boat

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I think we have found our little

paradise I can’t believe these countries

at least visited places on the planet I

mean look at this this is like out of a

dream like when you picture like a

deserted Paradise Island this is it this

is apparently one of their grandfather’s

all the compound I don’t know if anybody

still lives here yeah what

yeah are you from tubulin yeah you

watched yesterday yeah

watch what that’s amazing do you live

here on this I’m cool you’re probably

the only like T balloon yeah that one

yeah so you live here with your mom

pretty much just a simple way that’s all

we need to go so you grew up here this

is your childhood home right now that’s

amazing

who would have thunk it man everybody

shares yeah whenever one family goes

fishing when they come back is

distributed so you want to study in

Taiwan what did you study a software

engineer software engineering

that’s crazy for how long five years

what’s your biggest dream it is June

yeah oh my biggest dream is just you

know just help others and mmm Islands

like this yeah especially climate change

yeah I’m living the life yeah yeah just

trying to look for solutions

mmm used to pose sinking Island sinking

Island

what’s the main thing you think people

should know it’s just that there is real

change like next one November enjoy I

put all these houses so we all go to the

main hall shelter there this is like

meeting hall dining hall thanks for the

tour man no problem

I was not expecting to meet yes very

subscriber in the middle of Tupelo

YouTube really does reach the world eh

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hey man I like your hat yeah

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by the end of the second day I still

hadn’t fully comprehended how seriously

the people of tahvalli

take their communal living this

everybody shares right

there’s food that’s just made and

everybody can come and just beneath and

stay here yeah Wow

this local ended up explaining to me

something really interesting but to

follow that at some point along your

upbringing you can end up calling one of

your best friends your brother or your

sister and at that point that person

literally becomes a part of your family

when you both grew up to have kids with

your separate partners you then all move

in together and interconnected houses

and raise all the kids as a community

and so did you have a friend growing up

that you called your brother and then he

became your brother you have I went home

that night doing grateful and amazed by

everything I had just learned

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what’s that bro

I want to gift you something can I park

this here yeah haha this come forward

yeah as though dude it’s you could see

well that’d be great yeah wow that’s

beautiful

thank you so much haha this is like

advance how long does it take forever

yeah who makes these I’m um I’m your mom

yeah thank you so much I’m very happy

yes ma’am yes ma’am let’s go yeah you

want people to come visit here d 100% no

just come to your people hear all about

you know what they say it all is their

heart of the Pacific all the love so

other yes fam out there or ever you are

loved you know amazing

just checked into the airport to leave

to balloon and she wrote my boarding

pass by hand just a quick reminder that

we are still in the middle of breaking

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goodbye awesome and when people say

goodbye you get these necklaces

everyone’s been so kind for all of you

who helped me right here you’re watching

this thank you guys for making me feel

so welcome time to go I had never

experienced such a deep sense of

community radiate from an entire country

from the moment I landed in Tuvalu to

the moment I stepped back onto that

plane people were nothing but smiling

welcoming and kind I came as a stranger

for only a few days and left feeling

like I’d been adopted by this incredible

and loving family I feel grateful to

have met her local yes ma’am

representative and for having had the

opportunity to feel connected to people

living so far away and living such

different lives as I was walking out the

door the lady at the hotel asked me if

I’d ever come back and I usually just

politely answer of course in these

situations but this time I think I meant

it

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