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Around the world in four years without airplanes
For many of us, it would be almost impossible to imagine travelling around the world without flying, but Graham Hughes is a man who has proudly accomplished the same feat. He travelled to various corners of the world only through land or sea.

FOUR YEARS of intense traveling on land and sea and 201 sovereign countries later, Graham Hughes became the first  man to have set foot in every country without flying. The feat that was achieved after he set foot on South Sudan, a recently formed country, didn't come without hurdles, but he progressed towards his destination with full determination and made his dream come true.

Always influenced by the British comic Michael Palin of Monty Python fame, who presented an '80 Days Around the World' TV show in the 1980s, Hughes took to traveling with full gusto from quite a young age. The 33-year-old man said after completing the mission, “Today is the 1,426th day of the Odyssey expedition, which is my world-record-breaking attempt, which is to be the first person to visit every country in the world without flying.”

His family, friends and loved ones supported him both financially and emotionaly throughout his four years of travel. Donations from family and friends allowed him to a shoestring budget and while on the move he ate only local food and stayed on the couches of people. When he first made the announcement a lot of people thought he was crazy while others believed that he would never be able to make it.

His family was also concerned about the problems he would face in countries such as Iran and Afghanistan but he says that those countries were easy to travel in. It was in Pacific islands like Sao Tome and Nauru where he faced real problems. His lowest point of travel came when in Congo he was detained by the authorities on suspicions of being a spy. The same happened in Cape Verde as well. But apart from that, the main highlights of his trip around the world was watching the last space shuttle launch in the United States and traveling around Africa.

Ask the man and he feels that it was more for the people he met rather than the places that enriched him and gave the experiences of a lifetime. Speaking of his dreams he said,“I wanted to go everywhere, and as I grew up; the more I traveled myself independently the more I realized that it was a feasible thing to do. I thought with the right determination you could do it, and I have proved it right.I have managed to do it.” Eventually he wants to settle down in Liverpool but right now his thirst for traveling is yet to be quenched.

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