Story of Shoaghi: first Bangladeshi woman to travel to 135 countries
Publish | 25 Oct 2019, 19:03
Najmun Nahar Sohagi is the first Bangladeshi woman to travel to 135 countries across the globe, carrying the national flag of her country.
Najmun has set an example for young travellers.“Beyond race, culture and ethnicity, we all should live happily and explore the beauty of our planet,” she says.
She is inspired by her paternal grandfather and her father, who also loved travelling. She studied in Lund University, Sweden. Her mother has accompanied her to 14 countries.
This year, the travel enthusiast received the Miss Earth Queen Award and Youth Conference Globe Award at the Fobana Summit, Nassau Coliseum. She also received the Atish Dipankar Gold Medal Award and the Zonta International Club Award, in the category of outstanding contribution to women empowerment. In addition, she achieved the Red Crescent Motivational Award.
Recently, she travelled to all the countries of Central America. Costa Rica was her 135th country. The journey was challenging for Najmun. “I have confronted several situations where my life was at risk,” she says. “Once, I got stranded in a mangrove forest in the middle of the night. On another occasion, I got stuck in a sandstorm in the Sahara Desert.”
Najmun has been travelling for 19 years. She aims to visit all the countries that are a part of the United Nations, in the next two years.