Graham Hughes Becomes the First Man in History to Travel across 201 Countries without Flying

“Graham Hughes is the first man in human history to visit all 201 countries, covering 160,000 miles in 1,426 days by train, bus and foot.”

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33-year-old British man Graham Hughes from Liverpool has become the first person in the world to travel across 201 countries. The journey took him to cover approximately 160,000 miles in 1,426 days by taxis, buses, trains and his own feet with an average expense of just about $100 a week.

Hughes returned on 26 November 2012 from his long four year journey that he started in 2009 from his hometown Liverpool on New Year Day with a purpose of pleasing his loving sister Nicole who died of cancer at the age of 39. On ending his four-year adventurous journey he expressed, ‘I love travel, and I guess my reason for doing it was I wanted to see if this could be done, by one person traveling on a shoestring…I think I also wanted to show that the world is not some big, scary place, but in fact is full of people who want to help you even if you are a stranger.’

It might seem to be interesting and exploratory journey at first glance but it wasn’t easy if we see the details of the expedition. On several occasions, his life was in great danger- he crossed dangerous open Ocean in a leaky boat, he was jailed for a week, captured by gangs, arrested and rescued throughout his journey.

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  • TWP

    Last country South Sudan became independent on 09th July 2011 and the total number of countries of the World became 195 (193 UN Members, Kosovo & Vatican city). Taiwan is considered extra. On this day, Kashi Samaddar, India set World record & became the first person to travel all 195 Countries of the World plus Taiwan. Previously, he was also the first person to travel all 194 countries (192 UN members, Kosovo & Vatican city) on 27th May 2008 at Kosovo. In total, Kashi Samaddar holds 04 World Records including most visited & fastest to travel all countries, see certificates at link:

    Mr Graham Hughes 201 Countries: This is wrong. The British Isles & few places that Mr Hughes thought as countries are Territories only. The total countries stand same 195 only as there is no new country after South Sudan. Also, Fox news reported that Mr Hughes could not qualify Guinness for traveling all countries, as he sneaked some country illegally. Guinness does not support illegal activity, as per their spokesman.

    Kashi Samaddar will remain first to travel all countries, till a new Country is born.

    • There is nowhere mention of Kashi Samaddar to be traveling without flying. Going to feature him anyway 🙂
      Thanks for sharing the info.