My name is Graham Hughes. I'm an adventurer, filmmaker, travel blogger and TV presenter from Liverpool, England. On January 1 2009 I crossed the River Plate into Uruguay and began The Odyssey Expedition: The first official Guinness World Record™attempt to visit every soveign state on Planet Earth without flying

On November 26 2012, after almost four years on the road, I crossed the border into South Sudan - the newest country on Earth - and completed the first surface journey to every country in the world.

That's the 193 member states of the UN plus Taiwan, Vatican City, Palestine, Kosovo, Western Sahara and the four home nations of The United Kingdom. A staggering 201 international borders crossed by foot, bus, taxi, train, ship or canoe. No planes, no helicopters and no hot-air balloons. 

Along the way I shot and present the TV show Graham's World for the National Geographic Adventure channel and raise funds for the registered charity WaterAid

I travel alone, without any back-up and on a shoestring budget of less than $100 a week. I keep costs down by CouchSurfing and hitching rides on cargo ships whenever possible. It doesn't get any more real than this. 

But it's not over yet!! Having completed the main journey, I am now racing back to my hometown of Liverpool. 

I'm raising money for the charity WaterAid, a UK-based registered charity fighting to alleviate the disease, misery and death caused by open sewers, contaminated drinking water and lousy sanitation in developing countries around the world.

It's shocking that in 2012 children are still dying unnecessarily from diarrhoea - one of the most preventable and cheaply treated diseases in the world. A donation of just one dollar would pay for a simple sugar-salt solution which could genuinely save a child's life 

If you've enjoyed following The Odyssey Expedition, please, give a little back.

Thank You.

Raising money for



Charity Registration No. 288701 (England and Wales) and SC039479 (Scotland)

WaterAid is an international charity. Our mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities. For more information please visit - Thanks so much for your support!

Donations 232

Donation by Anonymous on 08/04/14

5,00 €

Hi Graham, Hope you are well. The podcast you recroded with me (Zero To Travel) a few weeks ago is going live today. Excited to support your cause, here is a donation my friend! Thanks again!

Donation by Jason Moore on 03/04/14


top guy

Donation by Anonymous on 01/02/14

Today I woke up to frozen pipes and no water. Funny that I also found your website today! Awesome journey, Graham, and great organization. Thank you!

Donation by Sara on 07/01/14


With every small and large (the odyssey expedition) step we take we are uniting the world. Thank you Graham for doing an amazing thing!

Donation by Kristina on 28/08/13


Donation by Anonymous on 09/08/13


Amazing human being! Also have lived my dream..

Donation by Ahmad on 08/08/13


fantastic journey for a great cause. Saw your interview on BBC world tonight and hope it it promotes more donations

Donation by Lynn on 07/08/13


Just seen your 1 second clip video and now making my way through your playlist, amazing effort for such a good cause.

Donation by Dan on 06/08/13


Great Journey!

Donation by Jose P Isern Comas on 05/08/13

10,00 €

Donation by Anonymous on 05/08/13

Well-Done Graham.

Donation by Afolabi Adeniyi on 04/08/13

Great work and great videos!

Donation by Anonymous on 03/08/13


Wow. Take a bow.

Donation by Peter H from N3 on 03/08/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 03/08/13


Donation by Anonymous on 03/08/13

5,00 €

Donation by Anonymous on 13/07/13



An amazing journey, and a great read - thanks!

Donation by Alistair on 28/05/13



Cheer the f--k up.

Donation by Gavinmac on 07/03/13



So sorry it's taken so long to do this! Incredible feat, fantastic cause :) From the girl on the 'Ferry across the Mersey'

Donation by Leah McFadden on 06/03/13


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 15/02/13


+ £0.75 Gift Aid

Donation by Jonathan Menary on 14/02/13



Well done mate. Very inspiring

Donation by Remy Haggard on 02/01/13



Great effort!

Donation by Viv on 31/12/12


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 30/12/12


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£8,261.31
  • Offline donations£650.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£8,911.31
  • Gift Aid£1,309.30

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