Thursday, December 2, 2010

World’s Most Traveled Man Racks Up 15 Million Miles, 139 Countries

The Daily Mail is reporting that a British tourist is now officially recognized as the “World’s Most Traveled Man”, with:

15 million miles, 718 Concorde flights and 139 countries on the way.

Wealthy Fred Finn, 70, holds the official record for the most miles travelled by a passenger after visiting an incredible 70 per cent of the world’s 196 nations.

Fred has since spent 52 years travelling the globe, during which he has covered 15 million miles – the equivalent of travelling to the moon and back 31 times.

He has kept a detailed log of every flight and train journey he has taken, which he had counter-signed by each driver and pilot to verify his achievement.

Fred also holds the record for the most trips aboard Concorde, having notched up an impressive 718 flights – on which he always sat in the same seat.

As someone who’s always been a proponent of slow travel, I have to ask: is it possible to truly see the world if one is spending that much time “in transit”? Can’t say I envy him.
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References:

Richard, Mike. 2010. "World’s Most Traveled Man Racks Up 15 Million Miles, 139 Countries". Vagabondish. Posted: 2010. Available online: http://www.vagabondish.com/worlds-most-traveled-man/

1 comment:

antigold said...

You have heard of Chris Guillebeau, right? http://chrisguillebeau.com/

He's attempting to visit every country. He has an interesting blog. According to his website, he's been to 149 countries (right now he's on a US and Canada book tour).