Benyamin Rezaei, widely known as Benyamin Marco, is an Iranian explorer whose thirst for adventure has taken him across four continents to over 80 countries and more than 630 cities. His enduring fascination with the globe began in an elementary school geography class, leading him to memorize and sketch all countries by fifth grade.
Rezaei’s life story is not just about his travels but also about overcoming adversity. Following his father’s passing at 15, he juggled education with work to support his family, eventually migrating to Istanbul with a mere $110 at the age of 22. After guiding tourists in Istanbul for four years, he returned to Iran to study Tourism Management at university and opened a travel agency, which he later sold to fund his worldwide travels.