For some people, the destination in itself is not satisfying enough. It’s the journey itself and finding resolve-testing ways to stretch what is humanly and technically possible. The best thing about these records is that they showcase an incredible array of skills: from physical prowess to a stupefying mastery of all things logistics. So there’s something for everyone. Let’s go!
The most people to climb Everest on a single day
Go teamwork! 234 climbers smashed the previous record of 170 on May 19, 2012. This is definitely a great case of the more the merrier. Imagine sharing such a personal experience with so many others and the dizzying logistics required to organize such a large-scale expedition.
Most countries visited in 24 hours
Three friends from Norway, Gunnar Garfors, Tay-young Pak, and Oyestin Djupvik, traveled to 19 countries in just 24 hours. The previous record was 17. The trio started in Greece at midnight on September 22, 2014 and passed through 18 further European countries – crossing into Liechtenstein minutes before the 24-period was over. They utilized an impressive combination of rental cars and commercial flights. Incredibly, it was their second try, having matched the record in 2012. How’s that for perseverance?
Most countries visited using scheduled transportation
Readers, meet your everyday hero: Adam Leyton hopped on planes, chugged along on trains, rode buses, and even ran a final two-and-a-half miles to set foot in 12 countries within 24 hours all while raising money for charity. What a stand up guy!
London tube challenge
Want to get the most out of your one-day travel card? Andy James and Steve Wilson visited every stop on the London Underground in 2016 in 15 hours, 45 minutes, and 38 seconds on May 21, 2015. The challenge is regularly done, with 18 record holders since 1959. Mind the gap!
74 roller coasters in 24 hours
I think I’m going to be sick: in 2001 a quartet of Americans set the record, riding 74 coasters in 10 amusement parks across 4 U.S. states. Even more thrilling: they rode helicopters to travel between each park and raised $40,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network.
735 miles on a scooter?
Two siblings accomplished the feat together on PGO X-Hot 125cc’s in less than 24 hours, traversing most of South Africa from Johannesburg to Matjiesfonstein. I can only imagine the ire of other drivers stuck behind the two scooters puttering along at less than 50 miles per hour. They even had to stop and change both scooter’s drive belts!
Choo choo, the farthest distance by train in 24 hours:
An incredible 3,783.91 kilometers. John Daffurn from the UK traveled from Guangzhou South Station in China to Longyang Road Metro Station in Shanghai. That’s some seriously high-speed rail!
And finally, stretching time and space for the longest birthday ever of 46 hours:
Happy birthday to Sven Hagemeier! Ok, so this isn’t 24 hours, but it was over one calendar day. The intrepid German began the celebrations in Auckland travelling back 2 hours in time to Brisbane. He then hopped on a flight to Honolulu, which is 20 hours behind Australia. He even managed a whirlwind 90 minute tour of Auckland by taxi. “You will get help, wherever you are in this world,” Sven remarked.
What’s the most extreme travel experience you have had? Share and comment if you have something exciting to tell!
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