In 2009, UK native Graham Hughes set off on a journey that had never been undertaken before in modern history. The adventurer was determined to visit and explore every one of the 193 member nations of the UN plus Vatican City, Western Sahara, Taiwan, Kosovo, Palestine, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The goal was to visit every single nation in the world without setting foot on a plane. He’d travel by boat, bike, bus, and even his own two feet in order to check out every single country on Earth. And he did it. Here, for your consideration are some of Hughes’ stories, tips, and tricks for the next time you’ve got your own fair share of wanderlust.
1. It Helps to Be Exceptionally Lucky
It’s important to point out that there is literally a landfill’s worth of things that could go wrong undertaking the journey Hughes went to. Even barring the fact that he could have gotten shot for even entering some of these places, there’s disease, there’s robbery, there’s accidents of every kind of vehicle. None of that happened to Hughes, for which he counts himself extremely lucky.
2. The Trip Began on January 1, 2009
Against the advice of basically everyone he knew, Hughes began his journey at the southern tip of South America, in Argentina. That morning, he took a ferry across the River Plate into Uruguay. And the rest is history.