Lee Abbamonte is a New Yorker in a bigger hurry than most. The 34-year-old is the youngest American to visit every country in the world.
Along the way, the former Wall Street finance executive has ducked gunfire in Libya and raced camels along the beach in Kenya (he finished third)
But of all the places he has visited, it is Australia’s own Lord Howe Island he nominates as “paradise on Earth”.
Writing for Conde Naste recently, he said: “I don’t know what paradise awaits in the next life, but I do know that paradise on Earth is located on Lord Howe Island. It is quite possibly the most perfect place in the world. Unspoiled and empty beautiful beaches dot the island and entice divers, surfers and romantics alike. It is breathtaking.”
I’m not surprised. We have a pretty fucking awesome country.