Most people barely make it to one or 2 countries in the span of a day, but it appears there is a World Record out there that some really creative groups of people are rather keen on beating. We’re not talking about your typical vacation either; this is a marathon race to pass through as many borders as possible in the span of 24 hours. And we’re talking crazy fun racing against time through one crazy trip.
A team of three Norwegian travelling adventurous souls samed Gunnar Garfors, Tay-young Pak and Øyvind Djupvik took on the challenge of beat their own record, actually. They broke the world record of most countries visited in 24 hours on September 21, 2014, at the 2nd attempt though. The team’s last attempt had been 17 different countries in 24 hours back in May which matched the previous record of 17 countries achieved by these guys. A grand total of 19 countries were visited in 23 hours and 33 minutes, just 27 minutes shy of a full day. With their adventures beginning in Greece, they ended up in Liechtenstein at midnight on Sunday; just in time to get back to work on Monday. The countries visited included, in chronological order, Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.
The team’s last attempt had been 17 different countries in 24 hours back in May. It appears this group will stop at nothing to one day get around the world not in 80 days but in a single night. Fantastical? Most definitely, but then again, technology develops so fast that perhaps it may not be so absurd a few years down the road from now.
In order to set the record, they needed to physically stand in each country, perform all the visits within 24 hours and to post media evidence. Most of the journey was by car, but 2 flights were also made to quicken the pace. They made sure they did not break any rules and were sponsored by a Nordic betting company ComeOn which paid for the transportation modes along the way. A documentary is in the works, so follow Gunnar Garfors via his website or Twitter for updates and new amazing adventures!
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