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Around the world without a plane!

Graham Hughes, an adventurer and filmmaker from Liverpool, has successfully become the first person to visit every country in the world without flying!

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30 Nov 2012 | International

Graham Hughes, an adventurer and filmmaker from Liverpool, has successfully become the first person to visit every country in the world without flying!

He arrived in South Sudan on 26 November after his epic trip, after visiting each and every United Nations member state without ever becoming airborne. His amazing adventure took four years to complete. 

Not only has the trip broken records, he has also been blogging his way round the world to help raise over £7,000 for WaterAid, as well as raising awareness of our work along the way. You can add to that total

Over the last 200 weeks, Graham has covered 250,000 km over land and sea using only scheduled ground transport: buses, trains, ferries, bush-taxis, cargo ships and banana boats. What's more, he's done it all on a shoestring budget, alone, unaided, and with just his trusty camcorder for company. 

For the past 1,400 days he's been staying with local people, eating the local food, drinking the local moonshine, taking local transport and hitching rides on ships whenever possible. It has been an adventure of epic proportions. 

He has: 

  • Met the President of East Timor and the Prime Minister of Tuvalu
  • Rode on top of a 18-wheeler through the northern badlands of Kenya
  • Hitched a ride on a cruise ship to The Dominican Republic
  • Joined a Bwiti tribe in Gabon
  • Watched one of the last space shuttles blast off in the USA

He tip-toed into North Korea, took the slow boat to the isolated Pacific state of Nauru, danced with the bare-breasted warrior women of Papua New Guinea, outwitted the pirates of Somalia, swam with the jellyfish of Palau and was rescued from Muslim fundamentalists in The Philippines by a ladyboy called Jenn. 

His self-filmed adventures have also been made into an eight-part BBC/Lonely Planet TV show for the National Geographic Adventure Channel. It's been an amazing adventure and there's still time to sponsor him in recognition of this incredible achievement.