Around the world in four minutes: Briton who became first person to visit all 201 nations without flying crams his four-year trip into quick film

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t took Graham Hughes nearly four years to cover 201 nations to become the first person to travel the world without flying.

Now fans can undertake the same journey in only four minutes without needing to leave the house.

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.

 

Graham Hughes’ madcap trip around the world has been edited into four short minutes – starting with Brazil

His mission began in South America, taking in Guyana along the wayHis mission began in South America, taking in Guyana along the way

Hughes' job of editing the footage was made a little easier by the fact that he remembered to film himself saying where he was - seen here on the Caribbean leg in AntiguaHughes’ job of editing the footage was made a little easier by the fact that he remembered to film himself saying where he was – seen here on the Caribbean leg in Antigua

Hughes filmed his travels for a documentary after setting off from his hometown on New Year’s Day 2009.

By December last year, he crossed the border into the newly-created South Sudan and cracked open the champagne to celebrate completing his mission.

Now he’s edited days of footage into a whirlwind tour of the globe, taking in one nation every second.

Handily, Hughes filmed himself announcing where he was for his tour diaries, making his task of including every stop a little easier – even if he did forget Malta on his first attempt

A whistlestop visit to Guinea-Bissau happened on his way from The Gambia to Senegal, where he made it through four African countries in noe dayA whistlestop visit to Guinea-Bissau happened on his way from The Gambia to Senegal, where he made it through four African countries in noe day

The Liverpudlian adventurer filmed himself in front of the sign marking the Zimbabwean borderThe Liverpudlian adventurer filmed himself in front of the sign marking the Zimbabwean border

The 1,426-day journey started in Uruguay and ended with its 201st nation, South SudanThe 1,426-day journey started in Uruguay and ended with its 201st nation, South Sudan

The video sees him posing in the sunshine of South America and the Caribbean, wrapped up warm in Canada, and even pretending to be under arrest by locals in the South Pacific island of Vanuatu.

In almost every shot he wears his trusty fedora hat, while his beard ranges from neatly trimmed, to bushy and even a handlebar moustache for his visit to Papua New Guinea.

Without planes, some of the nations were 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.

Despite going off the typical backpacker's trail for much of his trip, Hughes still found time to fit in a wonder of the world by visiting the Great Pyramid of Giza in EgyptDespite going off the typical backpacker’s trail for much of his trip, Hughes still found time to fit in a wonder of the world by visiting the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt

In Bangladesh, Hughes proved he was really there by holding up local currencyIn Bangladesh, Hughes proved he was really there by holding up local currency

Hughes also filmed some of the people he met on his travels, including this woman in the PhilippinesHughes also filmed some of the people he met on his travels, including this woman in the Philippines

It took seven attempts to get into the Seychelles because of the threat from Somali pirates.

He mainly crossed the seas by hitching lifts with cargo ships but struck lucky on the way to the Dominican Republic when a cruise ship let him come aboard.

Hughes spent four days ‘crossing open ocean in a leaky boat’ to reach Cape Verde from Senegal without any means of communications.

He was jailed for a week in the Congo for being a ‘spy’, was arrested trying to ‘sneak into’ Russia and had to be ‘rescued from Muslim fundamentalists by a Filipino ladyboy called Jenn’. 

For his visit to Papua New Guinea, Hughes showed off an impressive handlebar moustacheFor his visit to Papua New Guinea, Hughes showed off an impressive handlebar moustache

Hughes also shows himself receiving a warm welcome in the Pacific island nation VanuatuHughes also shows himself receiving a warm welcome in the Pacific island nation Vanuatu

The end! South Sudan didn't exist as a country when Graham Hughes set off in January 2009, but he crossed its border in December last year and toasted the end of his challengeThe end! South Sudan didn’t exist as a country when Graham Hughes set off in January 2009, but he crossed its border in December last year and toasted the end of his challenge

His favourite place was Palau, an island state in the Western Pacific.

Other highlights included dancing with the Highlanders of Papua New Guinea, befriending orangutans in Borneo, riding through the badlands of Kenya on an 18-wheel truck, meeting the Prime Minister of Tuvalu – and ‘warning schoolchildren in Afghanistan about the dangers of men with beards’.

GRAHAM’S GLOBAL TOUR

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

Territories are marked with a ‘T’ before the number.

The countries are listed in the order they appear in the video, not in the order he visited.

Graham Hughes' adventures were even turned into a National Geographic documentaryGraham Hughes’ adventures were even turned into a National Geographic documentary

SOUTH AMERICA

001 Brazil
002 Uruguay
003 Argentina
004 Paraguay
005 Bolivia
006 Chile
007 Peru
008 Ecuador
009 Colombia
010 Venezuela
011 Guyana
012 Suriname

THE CARIBBEAN

013 Trinidad & Tobago
014 Grenada
015 St. Vincent & The Grenadines
016 Barbados
017 St. Lucia
T01 Martinique
018 Dominica
019 St. Kitts & Nevis
020 Antigua & Barbuda
T02 St. Martin/Sint Maarten
T03 British Virgin Islands
T04 US Virgin Islands
021 Dominican Republic
022 Haiti
023 Jamaica

CENTRAL & NORTH AMERICA

024 Mexico
025 Guatemala
026 El Salvador
027 Nicaragua
028 Honduras
029 Costa Rica
030 Panama
031 Belize
032 The United States of America
033 The Bahamas
034 Cuba
035 Canada

Not every stop needed his fedora for shade from the sun, as seen here in CanadaNot every stop needed his fedora for shade from the sun, as seen here among the rocky landscapes in Canada

EUROPE

036 Iceland
T05 The Faroe Islands
037 The Netherlands
038 Belgium
039 France
040 England
041 Wales
042 Ireland
043 Northern Ireland
044 Scotland
045 Luxembourg
046 Germany
047 Denmark
048 Sweden
049 Norway
050 Finland
051 Estonia
052 Russia
053 Latvia
054 Lithuania
055 Belarus
056 Poland
057 The Czech Republic
058 Slovakia
059 Hungary
060 Romania
061 Moldova
062 Ukraine
063 Bulgaria
064 Greece
065 Macedonia
066 Kosovo
067 Montenegro
068 Serbia
069 Albania
070 Croatia
071 Bosnia & Herzegovina
072 Slovenia
073 Austria
074 Liechtenstein
075 Switzerland
076 Italy
077 Vatican City
078 Malta
079 Tunisia (Africa)
080 San Marino
081 Monaco
082 Andorra
083 Spain
084 Portugal

AFRICA

085 Morocco
086 Western Sahara
087 Mauritania
088 Senegal
089 Cape Verde
090 The Gambia
091 Guinea-Bissau
092 Mali
093 Guinea
094 Sierra Leone
095 Liberia
096 Côte D’Ivoire
097 Ghana
098 Togo
099 Benin
100 Burkina Faso
101 Niger
102 Nigeria
103 Cameroon
104 Chad
105 Central African Republic
106 Equatorial Guinea
107 Gabon
108 Saõ Tomé & Principé
109 Congo
110 Democratic Republic of Congo
111 Angola
112 Namibia
113 South Africa
114 Botswana
115 Lesotho
116 Swaziland
117 Mozambique
118 Zimbabwe
119 Malawi
120 Zambia
121 Tanzania
122 Comoros
123 Madagascar
T06 Reunion
124 Mauritius
125 Rwanda
126 Burundi
127 Uganda
128 Kenya
129 Ethiopia
130 Djibouti
131 Somalia
The four-minute video gives a small taste of Graham Hughes' global adventure, including a quick look at LebanonThe four-minute video gives a small taste of Graham Hughes’ global adventure, including a quick look at Lebanon

MIDDLE EAST & ASIA

132 Saudi Arabia
133 Egypt (Africa)
134 Sudan (Africa)
135 Jordan
136 Palestine
137 Israel
138 Syria
139 Lebanon
140 Turkey
141 Iraq
142 Cyprus (Europe)
143 Libya (Africa)
144 Algeria (Africa)
145 Georgia
146 Armenia
147 Azerbaijan
148 Kazakhstan
149 Uzbekistan
150 Kyrgyzstan
151 Tajikistan
152 Turkmenistan
153 Afghanistan
154 Iran
155 Kuwait
156 Bahrain
157 Qatar
158 United Arab Emirates
159 Oman
160 Yemen
161 Eritrea (Africa)
162 Pakistan
163 India
164 Bangladesh
165 Bhutan
166 Nepal
T07 Tibet
167 China
168 Mongolia
169 South Korea
170 North Korea
171 Japan
172 Taiwan
173 Vietnam
174 Cambodia
175 Thailand
176 Laos
177 Burma
178 Malaysia
179 Singapore
180 Indonesia
181 Brunei
182 The Philippines
183 East Timor
The Seychelles, on the Oceania leg on the tour, took seven attempts to enter because of fears over Somali piratesThe Seychelles, on the Oceania leg on the tour, took seven attempts to enter because of fears over Somali pirates

OCEANIA

184 Papua New Guinea
185 Solomon Islands
186 Australia
T08 New Caledonia
187 Vanuatu
188 Fiji
189 Tuvalu T09 Wallis
T10 Futuna
190 Kiribati
191 Marshall Islands
192 Samoa
T11 American Samoa
193 Tonga
194 New Zealand
195 Nauru
T12 Northern Mariana Islands
T13 Guam
196 Micronesia
197 Palau
T14 Hong Kong
T15 Macau

THE FINAL FRONTIERS

198 Sri Lanka
199 The Maldives
200 The Seychelles
201 South Sudan

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