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Itchy-footed Briton visits every nation without flying, over almost four years

Published on Nov 27, 2012 5:57 PM
 
Graham Hughes from Liverpool in the United Kingdom, who claims to be the first person to have visited every sovereign nation on the globe without flying, poses with his belongings for a photograph, in Juba, South Sudan, on Nov 26, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

JUBA, South Sudan (AFP) - A Briton celebrated on Monday claiming to be the first person to have visited every sovereign nation on the globe without flying, after he crossed into the world's youngest country, South Sudan.

Mr Graham Hughes, 33, took almost four years to tick 201 countries off his list, including all 193 members of the United Nations, as well as destinations including Kosovo, Palestine, Taiwan, Vatican City and Western Sahara.

"I've been travelling now for 1,426 days, that's 203 weeks, almost four years," said the cowboy-hat wearing globetrotter as he quaffed warm fizzy wine in the tropical heat, soon after crossing the border from Uganda.

"I started in Uruguay on Jan 1, 2009, and I've been travelling pretty much non-stop since then to try and be the first person to visit every country in the world without flying, and today, I just have."

 
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