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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.

Updates 1

The good folk at Guinness World Records have gone through all of my data and have given me the thumbs up. I am now OFFICIALLY the first person to visit EVERY COUNTRY in the WORLD... without flying. Thank you all for your amazing support.

02/08/14 04:17

Raising money for

WaterAid

WaterAid

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 http://www.wateraid.org/uk - Thanks so much for your support!

Raising money for

Run by WaterAid

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

Donations 255

Donation by Amy on 02/07/15

$20.00

Donation by Andrew Cruickshank on 26/04/15

£5.00

Congratulations Graham

Donation by Cyril on 13/03/15

$100.00

Thanks for doing this Graham! Keep being awesome.

Donation by Seth on 31/01/15

I've been reading your blog from the beginning and it's great very gripping.I live in Bolivia teaching English so maybe I'll come and visit Panama some day soon.

Donation by Jim on 14/01/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

I just stumbled upon your website and read about your journey and everything you do. You're simply amazing, inspiring. The world needs more people like you. You put a big smile on my face today :)

Donation by Karina K. on 13/01/15

$15.00

You are one crazy bloke. Good luck for the rest of your year on Jinga Island and any future filmmaking endeavours.

Donation by Alan Medcroft on 09/01/15

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 07/01/15

£10.00

Donation by Anonymous on 06/01/15

$10.00

One day, I'll do something like this. Happy New Year from a fellow University of Manchester grad!

Donation by Anonymous on 06/01/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

You're pretty awesome for doing all you do as well as an inspiration to us all!

Donation by WonderTraveler on 24/12/14

$30.00

Graham, thanks again for Cliff's birthday surprise!

Donation by Doug Whiteman on 24/12/14

$50.00

Merry Christmas Graham. xx

Donation by Liz Hadley-Day on 24/12/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

What a great way to see the world! I am donating instead of ice-bucketing...

Donation by E Sherlock on 01/09/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Graham - this is my ice bucket challenge donation. Pleased to give this credit via you as you have had a great adventure and for a great cause.

Donation by Anonymous on 01/09/14

Incredible effort, amazing odyssey, much respect!

Donation by Iwan Williams on 29/08/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

In lieu of any icebucket nonsense

Donation by Peter on 28/08/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good cause Graham. Good work!

Donation by Alan Aberdein on 28/08/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

This is my 'get out' excuse for the ice bucket challenge...and because I keep randomly seeing you on the TV or in the paper!

Donation by Anonymous on 26/08/14

£50.00

You are such an inspiration! I've spent the last year of my life following your expedition and you've allowed me to go where (for various reasons) I would love to but can't myself. Best wishes!

Donation by Cliff O'Neill on 04/08/14

$20.00

Donation by Anonymous on 13/07/14

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Well done mate

Donation by Anonymous on 15/05/14

£50.00

Congratulation Graham Hughes!! You endured the challenge when I'm sure others would fail. God bless you for raising money for this charity.

Donation by Daralyn on 23/04/14

$100.00

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

£60.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£8,820.49
  • Offline donations£650.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£9,470.49
  • Gift Aid£1,370.55

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