The only guy “mad enough” to visit each of the 201 sovereign states in the world, British man Graham Hughes has successfully completed his four-year, 160,000 mile odyssey expedition without ever flying. Hughes is a filmmaker and international travel badass. He pretty much hitched a ride on anything that moves in order to complete his mission (and maybe even on a few women), including on an open fishing canoe en route from Senegal to Cape Verde, which led to his arrest and six days of captivity in the Democratic Republic of Congo on suspicion of spying.
“The really tough ones were places like Nauru, and the Maldives and the Seychelles, island countries where there were also sometimes pirate threats,” Hughes said. He’s spent four years on the road, but Hughes isn’t wealthy or a travel snob: He did it all on only $100 a week and couch-surfed while raising funds for the charity WaterAid. Now he’s officially the ginger international man of mystery. Hughes has a page, “thatgingercouser,” on YouTube where you can check out his odyssey. Watch and learn: