Hughes in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia June 2010
Graham David Hughes (born 1979) is a British adventurer, filmmaker, television presenter and Guinness World Records holder. Graham successfully visited all United Nations member states without flying. He did so over a period of nearly four years and completed the task in November 2012. While on his journey he presented the television program “Graham’s World” on the National Geographic Adventure channel, a weekly look into his ongoing quest to break multiple world records by visiting every country on earth without flying.
The Odyssey Expedition was a quest to drop in on every one of the 193 UN member states. For the United Kingdom, Hughes visited all of the four constituent countries that make up the kingdom, and counted the UN member state as four separate countries. Hughes also visited the non-member state of Vatican City, as well as the partially recognized non-member states of Palestine, Western Sahara, Kosovo, and Taiwan, for a total of 195 countries without flying (Guinness refused him certificate citing reason that Mr Hughes sneaked some country illegally which Guinness do not support). He successfully completed it in November 2012 after a four year journey.  The rules of his trip were: no flying, no private transport (a rule enforced by the Guinness World Records race regulations, which cannot condone a public race in private vehicles) and no travelling to far flung territories and counting them as visiting the motherland.
He has set a new Guinness World Record by visiting "133 countries in one year by scheduled ground transport."
He now holds the world record for visiting every UN member state and eight other countries without flying to bring his total count to 195 visited states (Territories are not countries).
Graham's personal video log of his trip has been converted into a television series called “Graham’s World” on the National Geographic Adventure channel. It is an 8 part series covering Graham's first year traveling to every country in the Americas, Europe and most of Africa from January 2009 - December 2009. Highlights of the trip included imprisonment in the Republic of the Congo, getting caught sneaking into Russia, and running the blockade into Cuba. He was arrested in Estonia and Cameroon and spent jail time in Congo and Cape Verde.
Graham completed his expedition on Monday 26 November 2012 after entering South Sudan, his 201st and final nation, a country that did not exist when his travels began. He traveled overland back to Liverpool so that if other countries come into being following the end of his journey, he can travel there and back without flying to keep the spirit of The Odyssey.
Film and music videos
With his company, Hydra Studios, he has written and directed a number of short films and won the inaugural Liverpool 48 Hour Film Challenge in 2006. Hughes has worked for World Challenge Expeditions, producing several travel videos. He has also been heavily involved in the Liverpool music scene, shooting or producing videos for Hot Club De Paris, The Dead 60’s, The Basement, (We are) Performance, Peter And The Wolf, Lyons And Tigers, China Crisis, The Coral, The Real Kicks, The Sonic Hearts, Metro Manila Aide, White Rose Movement and filming for the release of the Arctic Monkeys second album, Favourite Worst Nightmare.
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- As published in AU Magazine, December 2009