Around the world in four minutes: First person to visit all 201 nations without flying makes four-year trip into four-minute film


It took Briton Graham Hughes nearly four years to travel to 201 nations without using planes, and earn the title of the first person to travel the world without flying.

The 33-year-old from Liverpool used buses, taxis, trains and his own two feet to travel 160,000 miles in 1,426 days – all on a shoestring budget of just $100 (£65) a week.

Hughes filmed his travels for a documentary after setting off from his hometown on New Year’s Day in 2009. Travel fans can undertake the same journey and share his experiences by watching a four-minute film without needing to leave the house.

The days of footage have been edited into a whirlwind tour of the globe, taking in a nation every second.

Not using planes, presented its own problems with some nations being harder to reach than others – but not the ones you might expect.

Hughes, who has raised nearly £9,000 for WaterAid so far, said it was easier to get into North Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan than it was to reach remote islands such as Nauru in the South Pacific, the Maldives and the Seychelles.

He visited 201 nations, including 193 members of the United Nations, Taiwan, Vatican City, Palestine, Kosovo, Western Sahara and the four home nations of the United Kingdom.

South America appears first in the video:

001 Brazil

002 Uruguay

003 Argentina

004 Paraguay

005 Bolivia

006 Chile

007 Peru

008 Ecuador

009 Colombia

010 Venezuala

011 Guyana

012 Suriname

You can view his experiences on his YouTube channel 



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