Hello, my name is

Graham Hughes

I am, and always will be, the first person to visit every country in the world without flying!

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Along the way, I filmed and hosted an eight-part TV series for Lonely Planet, National Geographic & the BBC. It has been broadcast in over 60 nations, including the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, India and China.

The first part of The Odyssey Expedition trilogy, Man of the World tells the hilarious, engaging and sometimes terrifying true story of the first year and 133 countries of my journey to every country in the world without flying.

Listen to the first chapter of the audiobook now!

My achievement has been certified by Guinness World Records™ and features in the 2016 edition of the Guinness Book of Records.

Marco Frigatti, Head of Records at Guinness World Records, was quoted as saying “I can’t remember a more absorbing record to verify in recent years”.

Four Years and one month. 201 Countries. A shoestring budget. Travelling alone. No professional support. No Flights. Nobody who had done it before. Some thought it impossible. How did I do it? Dive in and find out!

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Leo Skelly

This is THE ODYSSEY!

The Odyssey is an epic adventure, a world first, a race against time, a year (or two) of living dangerously!! Scouse film maker Graham Hughes’

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Chile
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Day 5: Bo Diddily Crazy

The maid was supposed to wake me at 6.30, but didn’t. Luckily, by some miracle I woke up myself at 7am after clocking up a

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Colombia
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Day 10: Plan Colombia

I think I’m about three days behind schedule now; I really need to make up some time in the Caribbean. Don’t know how easy that

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Colombia
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Day 11: Mario and his Mum

Got to Bogotá yesterday, but there was barely enough time to pull my undies out of my backside before I was bang! on another overnight

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South America
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Day 12: Not So Fast!

WOKE UP to the DEAFENING SOUND of a pirate copy of ‘Death Race’ being played on the bus at MAXIMUM VOLUME. This continued until Jason

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Brazil
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Day 14: “Conradian”

Got up nice and early after a surprising restful sleep and headed to the border. I was first to be stamped through and I headed

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Guyana
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Day 15: The Incident

Awoken at 4am, we recommenced our journey through the jungle. Over a river on a chain ferry made of rusty metal and some wooden planks

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Guyana
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Day 16: All Aboard!

Up at 4am and on the minibus to Suriname. Thankfully paved roads all the way, and even a nice new shiny bridge over the river

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The Caribbean
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Day 17: A Drunken Sailor

Spent the entire day at sea and in bed, trying to shake off the monster hangover from the night before while getting my video diary

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The Caribbean
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Day 18: Bus Up Shut

Woke up still in Point Lisas, Trinidad. We hadn’t moved on to Port of Spain. Something was wrong – the electric generator had failed and

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Grenada
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Day 22: Union Island Blues

Currently sitting in the Tourist Centre opposite the jetty in Hillsborough, Carriacou island waiting for the guy who said he’d take me to Union Island

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St. Vincent & The Grenadines
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Day 23: St Vincent’s Price

Another early riser and onto the ferry ‘Barracuda’ up to St. Vincent, the big daddy of the Grenadines. It’s where they filmed most of Pirates

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St. Vincent & The Grenadines
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Day 24: The Kingstown Mooch

If you can’t beat them, join them. Got on a minibus to Kingstown and had a great time meandering around the fish market and the

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Martinique
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Day 28: Ferry Nice!

We docked at about 4.30 in the morning in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia. This is an unreasonable hour, and one that I refuse to believe

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St. Kitts & Nevis
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Day 33: The Vagrant

I’m WAY behind schedule now, I should be in Central America and I’m not – I’m stuck on an island miles from anywhere that has

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Antigua
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Day 34: Christal Clear

Arrived early in Antigua, but by the time passport formalities, etc. were all done, it was about 10am. I headed to the city centre and

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St. Martin
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Day 39: The Vivo Libre

I was going to work late into the evening, but I ended up crashing out at about nine like a big girl’s blouse. But that’s

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The Caribbean
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Day 42: The Costa Fortuna

Got on the Internet as soon as I could and there it was – a message from Lorna, my guardian angel, bearing the heading ‘Costa

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Dominican Republic
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Day 43: ¡Hola Hispaniola!

We arrived in La Romana, in the Dominican Republic at around 8am. I had to be up early for customs formalities – the only person

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Dominican Republic
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Day 44: One Foot In Haiti

First things first, I needed to check for boats leaving for Cuba or Jamaica from the port. Mehrdad and I headed over the harbour and

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Dominican Republic
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Day 45: The Golden Ticket

Valentine’s Day. My girl, Mandy, is on the other side of the world and every day I waste on this island is another day that

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Dominican Republic
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Day 46: Domingo Dancing

I had to get up so early my legs where all shaky. Wurgh! I said my goodbyes to Mehrdad and wished him well on his

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Dominican Republic
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Day 48: A Lot of “Ifs”

Are you still here? Got an email from Lonely Planet telling me not to feel too bad about being stuck in the Caribbean, because of

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Dominican Republic
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Day 49: Go, Team Odyssey!

Still no word from the Linge Trader. Hugh has gone to Germany now and Lorna and Dino are in work. I’m in the office at

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Dominican Republic
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Day 50: The Linge Trader

Fifty days in, who’d have thunked it? I’m still in the Dominican Republic. I’ve been here over a week! Bah! But I leave today (thanks

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Dominican Republic
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Day 51: The Other Odyssey

Today passed in a daze. Out to sea, no mobile phone, no internet. I think I had been saving up my first day off work

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Jamaica
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Day 53: Walk The Plank!

We pulled into Kingston, Jamaica at about 6pm. I could see the Pamplona, the ship that will be taking me to Costa Rica, on the

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Caribbean Sea
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Day 55: Halcyon Days

I’m going to be 30 this Saturday. 30? Me? Where did all the time go? I’m still pleasantly surprised each morning that I don’t have

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Central & North America
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Day 57: Land Ahoy!

We arrived in Veracruz, Mexico at around 1pm local time. Yippee! Unfortunately for my itchy, goddamn-month-behind-schedule feet, the shipping agent says I’ve got to wait

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Central & North America
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Day 58: Go Yell It To The Ocean

The bus arrived at Tapachula near the Guatemalan border early in the morning to find another bus to Guatemala City waiting to take me away,

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Central & North America
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Day 65: Entering America

All I got to see of Mexico City was the outskirts and the bus station, but I hear it’s not much too look at anyway.

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Central & North America
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Day 66: The Lone Star State

I’ve got to say, the Greyhound buses ARE THE WORST FORM OF TRANSPORT IN THE WORLD — grotty, no films, no snacks, grumpy-as-hell drivers… My

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Central & North America
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Day 67: Coyote Ugly

I slept through to Orlando in Florida and then got on my last bus (for a few days at least) heading for Fort Lauderdale. This

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Central & North America
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Day 68: Spring Break

Spent the day on the phone and on the net trying to sort out, how the hell I’m going to get to Cuba. However, I

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Bahamas
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Day 69: Grand Bahama

As I write this, I’m sitting in a lounge on the day cruise over to The Bahamas. It’s usually about $40 there and back, but

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Central & North America
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Day 70: Failure to Launch

Okay. Here’s the situation. The USA does not like Cuba. It prefers its citizens to spend money in Zimbabwe, Burma or North Korea, obviously, as

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Central & North America
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Day 71: Awaiting Permission

Another day wasted attempting to get a response from the Treasury. I hung around at the hostel all day, on line and making phone calls

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Central & North America
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Day 72: Worst. Buses. Ever.

I gave it until 2pm until it became abundantly clear that the Treasury was not going to get back with an answer this week and

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Central & North America
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Day 73: Spaced

Rise and shine, Odysseus. Since you’re stuck in Florida, you may as well indulge your nerdy love of all things NASA. I walked down to

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Central & North America
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Day 74: We Have Lift Off!

Headed over to the Space Centre first thing and queued up LIKE A BIG NERD for a ticket to view the shuttle launch. These special

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Central & North America
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Day 76: The Conch Republic

Getting up nice and early, Midge gave me a list of people to talk to about getting a boat over to Cuba. First up, Captain

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Central & North America
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Day 77: The Sun Also Rises

I woke up on a random ship in the port… The Appledore. I had absolutely no recollection of how I got there. Hat… check, shoes…

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Central & North America
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Day 78: Mission: Cuba

So much has been happening so fast it makes my head spin just thinking about it. Midge gave me a lift into Key West and

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Caribbean Sea
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Day 79: Blockade Runnin’

The entire day at sea, we continued on our painfully slow march towards Cuba. I kept watch for US coastguard boats appearing out of nowhere

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Caribbean Sea
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Day 80: Hooked!

What WOULD Philias Fogg say? If all had been going to plan, I’d be in AFRICA by now, having already stepped foot in every country

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Central & North America
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Day 81: The Forbidden Isle

After helming the nightwatch, I got a few hours kip before Johnny called me up on deck – he’d been chatting on the CB with

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Central & North America
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Day 84: Chilli Con Carnage

So the day was spent entirely at the mercy of the rather wonderful Mexican bus service. Leigh got off the bus somewhere in the middle

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Central & North America
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Day 86: Greyhounded

Spent the day travelling up through Georgia pressing northwards towards Virginia. As we travelled, my mind turned to three things; Architecture, Americans, and Greyhound buses.

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Canada
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Day 89: The Shipping News

I’m still on the train at the moment; it’s a 20 hour journey. Looking out of the window, it’s like I’ve stumbled into Narnia. I

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Canada
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Day 90: The Halifax of Life

Now is the winter of our discontent. Well, it’s actually SUPPOSED to be spring, but NOBODY SEEMS TO HAVE TOLD THE CANADIAN TOURIST BOARD THAT.

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Canada
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Day 95: Peggy’s Cove

Today I met up with James and we headed out with Rocky the dog, to visit (wait for it, wait for it) LIVERPOOL! Not Liverpool

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Canada
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Day 96: The Heckler

Today I went for a walk around the city, but it was still a bit rubbish. Although now the snow has all melted, it wasn’t

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Canada
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Day 97: The Hustler

After spending the day trying (and failing) to get a video edited before I left Halifax, it was with great relief that I got to

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