Graham Hughes, a 33 year-old British Adventurer, has completed his Guinness World Records trip traveling 160,000 miles to all 201 sovereign states in just under 4 years, and spending less than $100 per week. The trip began from his home in Liverpool on January 1, 2009 and covered all 193 UN member states as well as Taiwan, Vatican City, Palestine, Kosovo, Western Sahara, and the UK home nations. From Yahoo News:
I love travel, and I guess my reason for doing it was I wanted to see if this could be done, by one person traveling on a shoestring. I think I also wanted to show that the world is not some big, scary place, but in fact is full of people who want to help you even if you are a stranger. People asked me how I was going to get to Afghanistan or Iraq or North Korea, but they were the easy ones, you don’t even need a visa for Iraq, you just walk across the border from Turkey. The really tough ones were places like Nauru, and the Maldives and the Seychelles, island countries where there were also sometimes pirate threats.
Hughes’ trip raised money for the Water Aid charity and was also filmed for a documentary. Hughes utilized cargo ships to cross oceans and was even arrested at one point on suspicion of espionage. Check out the full article and details from his trip at Yahoo News. The record will unseat previous holder Kashi Samaddar who completed visits to 194 sovereign states in 2008.