Graham’s Competition!

Businessman spends £350k to visit every country on earth in record time”

No, it’s not me! This story* appeared in the Mail Online earlier today (thanks to Justin O’Shea for the spot), and this is who I’ve got to beat:-

“Kashi Samaddar, 55, dodged bullets and bombs in some of the world’s more unstable countries, and lived to tell the tale, although his photographic skills are somewhat wanting. He began his epic journey to 194 countries with a visit to Holland in July 2002 and finished his mission in Kosovo in May of this year – six years, ten months and seven days later – with plenty of drama along the way. “

I reckon I can beat that time!

To read the full story, here’s the link:

*Story courtesy of Sarah Gordon

Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes is a British adventurer, presenter, filmmaker and author. He is the only person to have travelled to every country in the world without flying. From 2014 to 2017 he lived off-grid on a private island that he won in a game show, before returning to the UK to campaign for a better future for the generations to come.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Matthew Lumby

    This ‘story’ seems a bit silly to me. There are quite a number of people in the world who have been to every country in the world. It could be done relatively easily using flights, probably in the space of a few months (allowing for visa issues and crazy countries).

    This Odyssey will be much more of an achievement, when it ends (perhaps late in 2010). Doing it all by land and sea is very special so keep up the good work Graham.

    By the way Kashi Samaddar ought to get one more country. There are 195 ‘independent sovereign states’ so he needs Kosovo, Vatican City and Taiwan (the three that are not United Nations members).

  2. Andrew Burzo

    Six years? Ha! Graham you are well over half way and it has not even been a year yet! You are going to beat this guy hands down. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT!!!
    Keep on keeping on Graham. No matter how long it takes, this journey of yours will go down in history as one of the great epics!!!

  3. Leo

    “…six years, ten months and seven days”.

    That’ll be the South Pacifics then.

  4. Celso


    I think the other guy had a fuller experience and got to know more about the places he had been to.
    I have to say that Graham’s time is great, in the same conditions he is traveling, it is very hard to beat, but it is also less “meaningful” as an experience than the other guys.
    With a rough math calculation… 365 X 6 = 2190 and than you divide that by 194 countries and we have approximately 11 days in each country.
    I personally like that idea better than step a foot in a country and leave.
    What Grahan is doing is fantastic and I commend him for that, it is a great feat and I follow him along the way. I am sure that the reason why both did this are completely different and that’s what I am saying.
    Go Graham Go!!!
    “meaningful”= I meant that he experienced less of most of the countries than the other guy, that’s all.

  5. Barnali

    Well doing Graham. In case any help required from our side, we can do. We are offering accurate & free visa guidance to all International travellers from and Mr Kashi Samaddar is a Director. He invited you for Dinner in case you visit Dubai. Our purpose is bridge cultural gaps for a better world. Good luck and do communicate.

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