A British man is the first person ever to travel to every country in the world without flying.
Graham Hughes, 33, traveled by boat, bus, taxi, train, and walked to travel some 160,000 miles in 1,426 days on just $100 per week, reported the Christian Science Monitor. He also did not travel in his own vehicle to visit all 201 countries on the list, including Kosovo, Taiwan, Vatican City, and Western Sahara.
The last country he visited was South Sudan on Monday, marking the end of his trip. He started off on his quest in Liverpool on New Year’s Day in 2009, according to the publication.
“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,” he told the Monitor via telephone, speaking from South Sudan’s capital, Juba.
When he set out on the trip, South Sudan was not a country yet. It attained its independence in summer 2011.
“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,” he continued.
His journey has been confirmed by the Guinness World Records.
He said that “the main highlight…has been the reaffirmation of my faith in humanity and the fact that people I’ve met on the road have been so friendly,” reported AFP.
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