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Reckless travelers: these intrepid adventurers have completed the most extreme routes

Touring 25 countries at the end of a quarter of a century to meet 25 young people, going around the world without riding a plane or hitchhiking, crossing continents by bicycle or on foot, flying over the Pacific in a balloon or crossing the Atlantic paddling ... Some travelers have set a goal to explore the world in a different way.

Heading to the extreme! © D.R.

By train, by boat, by sled and even by elephant. Since in our childhood we discovered that one Phileas Fogg toured the world in 80 days, no matter how much he did it in the fiction created by Jules Verne, We have all fantasized about going around the globe. Some travelers have not only set out to know remote countries, but have also pulled imagination to explore them differently. We make a route to know the intrepid, curious and original adventures that the bravest travelers have undertaken in recent times.

THE ROUND THE WORLD WITHOUT MOUNTING BY PLANE

The British Graham Hughes set a goal a few years ago: recorrer the planet without riding an airplane and using public transport whenever possible. To complete The Odyssey Expedition, the name he put to his complex journey, has earned him two Guinness records: one for visiting the largest number of countries in regular surface transport in one year (he traveled 133) and another for being the fastest to travel to all the states of the world in surface public transport (it took 4 years and 31 days to travel 217 countries). On foot, by bus, train or boat, this adventurer managed to go around the world without contemplating it from the air.

CROSSING THE ATLANTIC WITH A REMO

More risky has been the feat of Chris Bertish, a South African who has just cross the Atlantic alone (it has traveled about 8,300 kilometers), practicing paddle boarding, a kind of rowing surf that has become fashionable lately. Bertish left Morocco last December and planned to take four months to reach Antigua (one of the islands that forms Antigua and Barbuda). Finally, he has achieved paddling just 93 days. Of course, it has reached its destiny visibly thinner.

ONE BIKE AND SIX CONTINENTS

Just like a good day, Forrest Gump went running for years for no reason in the mythical film directed by Robert Zemeckis, the British doctor Stephen Fabes He also took his bicycle by chance in 2010. He was at a bar when he suddenly decided to visit the six continents by pedaling. Over six years, he toured 75 countries mounted on his favorite means of transport. In addition to traveling for pleasure, Fabes collaborated with several non-profit health initiatives in Asia, from a floating clinic in Cambodia to a tuberculosis center located between Thailand and Burma. Now, he is writing a book that will gather his exploits.

Cycling the Pamirs can leave you feeling like a Marco Polo sheep… hunted: //t.co/G8M35d9wuE pic.twitter.com/UbnwiYVdfm- Stephen Fabes (@ cyclingthe6) July 29, 2015

THE FIRST WOMAN WHO HAS VISITED ALL THE COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD

At 27, the American Cassie de Pecol claims to be the first woman who has traveled 196 countries (193 recognized by the UN, in addition to Taiwan, Kosovo and Palestine). He has done so in just 18 months, improving the three-year mark of the current Guinness record. However, it is not the only one that has recently achieved a similar goal: Danish Henrik Jeppesen has also visited 193 countries in less than a decade and claims to have spent less than he would have needed in Denmark: he has only required $ 15 to day (about 14 euros).

25 COUNTRIES TO INTERVIEW 25 YOUNG PEOPLE WITH 25 YEARS

Catalan journalist Marc Serena picked up in his book The return of the 25 a chronicle of the exciting journey he made when he turned a quarter of a century. He visited 25 countries to meet 25 young people of the same age, among them a South Korean singer, a Filipino fisherman, an inmate in Chile or a Chinese ecologist, and expressed her experiences and concerns in the volume. That second book was born from that trip, This is not african, where he portrays the helplessness and injustices suffered by homosexuals in the forgotten continent.

64 COUNTRIES ON FOOT: 11 YEARS AND A HALF AND A HUNDRED COUPLE OF SHOES

The Canadian Jean Béliveau took much longer than Phileas Fogg to go around the world: he invested 11 years in it. Not in vain, a total of 64 countries were kicked walking since 2000. Stuck just from a cart with some food, clothes and a sleeping bag, Béliveau undertook his adventure to promote peace and defend nonviolence against children. After traveling more than 75,000 kilometers on foot, staying in 1,6000 houses and spending 53 pairs of shoes in his feat, he returned to Montreal in 2011.

64 countries on foot in 11 years. Feat! © wwwalk.org

THE FAMILY THAT WAS TRAVELING THE WORLD ON WHEELS (FOR 17 YEARS)

Some time ago we discovered the exciting journey of the Zapp, an Argentine couple that has traveled the Americas, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Africa and Europe in a Graham Paige from 1928. In his expedition, his four children were born and raised, children who have lived as authentic nomads throughout their lives. At the beginning of the year, the Zapp family arrived in Barcelona to spend a few months in Spain (they even enjoyed the Fallas de Valencia) before traveling to Holland, the United Kingdom, Italy and Greece. Precisely in Europe they will end the adventure They started 17 years ago.

His time in Spain included the Fallas © Familia Zapp Family (Facebook)

RECREATING A LEGENDARY EXPEDITION TO THE ANTARCED

In 1912, British explorer Robert Falcon Scott got the Terra Nova Expedition he led to reach the very South Pole. Unfortunately, Scott himself died on the way back. A few years ago, adventurers Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere completed the legendary journey for the first time, covering almost 3,000 kilometers of the inhospitable Antarctica on a walk that lasted 105 days.

Robert Falcon Scott on his expedition to the South Pole © D.R.

THE MOTORWAY THAT HAS TRAVELED FIVE YEARS BEFORE

Raising your thumb to get a free ride is an almost universal gesture. The Frenchman Jérémy Marie took advantage of it to travel the world during five years hitchhiking. He managed to ride cars, ships, planes and even a donkey completely free, managing to travel along 160,000 kilometers without taking a euro out of your pocket.

Traveling through Sudan © Jérémie Marie

FLYING THE PACIFIC IN BALLOON

Jules Verne also invited us to dream of living an adventure through the air with his novel Five weeks in a balloon. Two years ago, American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev broke the world records of duration and distance of a hot air balloon trip. They flew 10,000 kilometers from the Pacific, from Japan to Mexico, on an adventure that lasted 160 hours. Now, they just shared their experience in a TED talk. After all, their amazing deed can inspire many other intrepid travelers who, like them, want to explore the world in an original way.

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Flying over the Pacific in a balloon © Two Eagles Ballon Team (Facebook)

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