Graham Hughes Counting Countries has traveled to every country in the world

A fleeting tweet recently connected me to Graham Hughes and paved the way for this podcast.  I had reached out to him years ago, but my email ended up in a spam folder.  So for those who say nothing good comes of Twitter, you now stand corrected.  

Thanks to my patrons William Schelling, Steph Rowe, Ted Nims, Bisa Myles, and Adam Hickman for supporting Counting Countries. And a warm welcome to our new patron, Simen Flotvik Mathisen from Norway.  They help pay for the production of this podcast.  You can support this podcast by going to  My patrons will hear 30 more minutes of my conversation with Graham. 

Untamed Borders is the sponsor of this podcast and we will be hearing a few words from James Willcox, the co-founder, on how to manage safety and security when traveling. 

Graham is no stranger to the extreme traveler community.  He completed his quest to travel to every country in the world in 2013.  He claimed the Guinness World Record as the fastest time to visit all countries by public surface transport.  Graham shares a lifetime of stories from his travels from watching the sunrise from the top of the Pyramids of Giza to spending time in jail in Cape Verde.  You can imagine which one was a more pleasant experience.  And don’t worry, we speak about Thor Pedersen and his quest and claim to be the first to travel to every country in the world with only surface transportation.       

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Graham was in the UK while I was recording in Bangkok.  Please listen in and enjoy.   

Thank you to my Patrons …. William Schelling, Simen Flotvik Mathisen, Steph Rowe, Adam Hickman, Bisa Myles & Ted Nims.

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About Counting Countries

Counting Countries is the only podcast to bring you the stories from the dedicated few who’ve spent their lives on the singular quest of traveling to every country in the world. Less people have traveled to every country in the world than have been to outer space.

Theme music for this podcast is Demeter’s Dance, written, performed, and provided by Mundi

About GlobalGaz

Ric Gazarian is the host of Counting Countries. He is the author of three books: Hit The Road: India, 7000 KM To Go, and Photos From Chernobyl.  He is the producer of two travel documentaries: Hit The Road: India and Hit The Road: Cambodia.  

Ric is also on his own quest to visit every country in the world. You can see where he has traveled so far and keep up with his journey at

More About Graham Hughes Counting Countries:

  • Born in: UK
  • Passports: UK

How Many Countries Are There?

Well… that depends on who you ask! 

An analysis of these lists and who is the best traveled by Kolja Spori.  

Disclaimer: I will earn a fee if from some of these links like if you order from Amazon/Agoda. Or book a trip through G Adventures.  PS  Thanks!  Graham Hughes Counting Countries   

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