For most people, traveling is fun and relaxing. But there are also the type of people that want to get to the next level. For those, traveling is a challenge, a way to conquer something. Take some of this records for example. Why would anyone need to visit all underground stations in London? Or the subway stations in New York? You might do it anyway just because of traveling to work and visiting the city, but doing it in a record time? Some would say that is a waste of time.
Well, the challenge is never easy. And the harder the challenge, the more satisfaction you get once you conquer the mountain. Let’s see some of the unique and interesting records from the travel section of the Guinness Book of Records.
The Travel Toy Mascot
Most people do not visit half the countries this toy mascot has been to. And the idea behind was brilliant. Knowing that you do not get noticed in your original physical appearance, ISPY (UK) decided to send its toy mascot in bear form to travel.
The mascot is named Raymondo. The bear traveled a distance of 395,605 miles, covered six continents, and spend time with airline members and sponsors. The journey started on September 2009, and lasted up until September 2010. During that time, Raymondo passed six continents, and 35 countries.
The mascot carried travel goodies, clothes for changing, and a passport. The data was recorded on a website dedicated for the purpose.
The longest running TV show
Watching a travel show is always interesting. You get to see some unique places that you probably won’t see in person. But that is why travel shows are so popular. They get to places we do not.
The longest TV travel show was called Sereno Variabile – Raidue, Italy. The journey began in November 1978, and is still active nowadays. The host of the show is Osvaldo Bevilacqua, who spends his time traveling through craft festivals, discovering the culture and curiosities. He has covered more than 3,000,000 kms in Italy alone.
Visiting all London Underground stations
Most people do not cover half of the underground stations in Lonon. But AJ and Steve Wilson, wanted to visit them all. It is one of the strangest and most unique travel records.
They achieved the record on May 21, 2015. They traveled to all stations in just 15 hours, 45 minutes, and 38 seconds. What is more interesting is that Steve holds the previous records set in 2009 and 2011. The man definitely loves to travel through London underground stations.
All Berlin U-Bahn Metro Stations
Another record for traveling to public transport stations, this one from Berlin. People employ the metro station for commutation on a daily basis. But Oliver Ziemark, Henning Colsman – Freyberger, Michael Wurm, and Rudolf Von Grot took it to another level. They used the U-Bahn metro station as an asset for their epic world record.
These four achieved the record of fastest time to travel to all U-Bahn metro stations in just 7 hours, 33 minutes, and 15 seconds. They set the record on May 2, 2014.
Fastest to all New York City Subway stations
Continuing the records for public transport stations, let’s move over to America. New York is famous for its subway. People board the subway to go from one place to another. Matthew Ann, on the other hand, used it to create history and earn his spot in the Guinness Book of Records.
A law student from NY city, he traveled to all subway stations in just 21 hours, 28 minutes, and 14 seconds. He broke this record on July 22, 2016. The previous record was also his, and he set it up in 2015. At the time, he run between platforms to set a record of 21 hours, 49 minutes, and 35 seconds.
A single tank of fuel
We all know fuel is expensive nowadays. Some of us have a hard time fueling our vehicles. Some people, fill a single tank to break a record. Audi and RAC created a new record by driving to 14 countries with a single fuel tank. They gave the privilege of driving the car to Racing driver Rebecca Jackson and Andrew Frankel. They traveled for 28 hours in Audi A6, and traveled through Netherlands, Hungary, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, and Lichtenstein. In the processes, they traveled a total of 1158.9 miles.
Most countries in 24 hours
Now this is inspiring. What can you do in just a single day? Or in 24 hours to be exact? Visiting several countries in just 24 hours is just extremely difficult. And to make it even more challenging, Adam Leyton used the so called punctual transport system.
An internet entrepreneur, Adam wanted to set a record for most countries visited in 24 hours. He commuted through public transport to raise money for Sands, a charity organization.
His European day trip took place from 25th to 26th May, and started from Perl, Germany. He then traveled through Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and ended his journey in Austria.
Visit all nations without flying
It is a dream come true for most of us, being able to visit all nations in the world. With the use of airplanes, that is an easier task. But imagine traveling to each and every country in the world without using airplanes? That is what Graham Hughes of South Sudan managed to od.
He visited 201 nations over a period of 4 years. He was just 33 years old at the age. He used busses, trains, and taxis, and land ferry for overseas countries. He called his journey “The Odyssey Expedition”, and wrote a blog for countries visited.