LONDON: Britain’s Graham Hughes has become the first person to travel around the world without flying.
Starting off on New Year’s day in 2009, the 33-year-old man from Liverpool travelled to 210 countries by using buses, trains, taxis and by even walking. He logged in more than 160,000 miles in 1,426 days.
The adventurous man survived on as little as $100 a week during his four years of travels.
Hughes, who filmed his travels, is planning a documentary on his tour of the world.
He was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail that it took him seven attempts to cross into the Seychelles because of the threat from Somali pirates.
He says he hitch-hiked his way across the seas by getting lifts on cargo ships, and once got lucky when a cruise ship gave him a lift while he was on his way to the Dominican Republic.
He says the police in the Congo jailed him for a week as they thought him to be a spy. The police in Russia also arrested him when he tried to enter the country.
Hughes was quoted as saying how a Filipino saved him from Muslim fundamentalists in the Philippines and how he rode on an 18-wheel truck through Kenya and how he met schoolchildren in Afghanistan.
He rated the Western Pacific island of Palau as the best place he visited.
Interestingly, South Sudan – which was carved out of Sudan in July 2011 – didn’t exist when he started his world journey in 2009. But he ended his travels there when he crossed into the newly born South Sudan in December 2012.