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How a Man Saw 201 Countries Without Flying… [On a Budget]

How a Man Saw 201 Countries Without Flying… [On a Budget]
Baz Hart
  • On January 27, 2014
  • http://www.tailormake.me

The first thought that strikes any mind when it comes to travelling is expense.

But, the fact is that if you are determined you can travel across the world without making it expensive. And this has been proven by 33 year old Graham Hughes from Liverpool. Hughes is the first person to go around 201 countries in the world without using a plane.

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It took 1,426 days for Hughes to cover 160,000 miles by trains, taxis, buses and foot for only $100 per week (on average). His journey had started in the year 2009 on New Year’s day. During his travels, he visited loads of countries including Kosovo, Western Sahara, Taiwan, Palestine and England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland just to name a few. All these places were travelled without using a plane.

Today, this man of adventures has created a world record for visiting most countries in one year using ground transport and this has been confirmed by The Guinness Book of Records too.
How did he make this possible…?

“It took 1,426 days for Hughes to cover 160,000 miles by trains, taxis, buses and foot for only $100 per week.”

For covering short distances, Hughes mostly used taxis, buses, trains or his own two feet; but for long journeys, cargo ships offered the best experience. His travelling expedition was full of excitement and amazing moments. And this is evident from the fact that he shook a leg with the Highlanders of Papua New Guinea, rode in an 18-wheel truck in Kenya and visited the Prime Minister of Tuvalu.

He also traversed through the faraway nations like Iraq, North Korea and Afghanistan without facing any problem. But, there were some places which threw him to challenges. There was the threat of pirates when he was travelling to the Maldives and Seychelles. In the small island countries such as Nauru, he faced problems with routes.

However, despite facing some difficulties, Graham Hughes is still ready to keep up with his travelling plans and is in no mood to buy plane tickets in the near future too. He wants to see more of Africa before leaving for his ultimate destination, i.e. his home. He will take a ferry from Ireland to reach Liverpool.

From this, it is clear that travelling costs can be reduced heavily if one chooses other modes of transportation over plane. Plane tickets are costly and hence it is better to see the best of world without opting for expensive modes of transportation – if you can help it.