This is not your typical Guinness World Record, but then Graham Hughes isn’t your typical backpacker. Since graduating from Manchester University with a 2:1 in Politics and Modern History, he hit the road and hasn’t looked back. In 2008 he scored an eight-part TV show about his travels, commissioned by National Geographic, produced by Lonely Planet and distributed by the BBC —  a show which he devised, presented and filmed in some of the most dangerous countries on Earth.

THE ODYSSEY EXPEDITION from 2009 to 2013 saw him visit over 200 countries and territories without flying. While he visited every country in Europe on that journey, he did it in two segments: leaving Turkey and Cyprus until after he had travelled the length and breadth of Africa. Consequently, the record for visiting every country in Europe in the least amount of time using only ground-based public transport is up for grabs… not that he wants to make it easy for anybody to follow in his footsteps!

After returning to his hometown Liverpool he appeared in media all over the world – from the BBC Breakfast couch to CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose and Gayle King, as well as guest spots on South African, Australian and New Zealand television shows. One story about his adventures on a British tabloid website had over 800,000 shares, likes and comments and the compilation video of his journey “One Second Every Country” has had over 1.5 million views.

Later in 2013 he won American survivalist show SOS Island, bagging himself a private island off the coast of Panama in the process. For the past 3 years he’s been living off-grid in this jungle paradise, living off the land and writing his travel memoirs, the first volume of which — “Man of the World” — will be available from all good booksellers in September.