Think it’s possible to visit all 201 countries and 15 territories while never stepping foot on a plane?
If you answered yes, you win.
British travel blogger and filmmaker, Graham Hughes wrapped up his global odyssey this past December and recently released a four-minute video of him in each country. It’s kind of like a video on steroids.
In between shooting one-second videos, Hughes went on some wild adventures. This is how he described them on Facebook:
“I’ve fed the crocs in Australia, hunted the dragons of Komodo, befriended the orangutans in Borneo, played with the lemurs in Madagascar, washed the elephants in India and eaten live octopus in South Korea.”
Hughes made it out alive — and earned some major street cred along the way. In addition to the Guinness World Records recognizing him for “Most Countries Visited in One Year by Scheduled Ground Transport,” Hughes spent a week in a Congolese prison, was arrested sneaking into Russia and joined a Bwiti tribe in Gabon. He even tiptoed into North Korea, which is not exactly a popular tourist destination.
Also, in case you didn’t hear, there’s a new country in the world, South Sudan. And yes, he made it there, too.
It took Hughes 1,426 days to cover 160,000 miles.
As you can imagine, a trip like this could really leave a guy broke. But he kept his costs under $100 per day, collected donations on his website and taped segments for National Geographic’s Adventure Channel, “Graham’s World.” Hughes even raised money for WaterAid, a charity that brings clean water to some of the most impoverished nations in the world.
I’m pretty jealous. In fact, I think it’s time to give my notice.