Graham Hughes: World Record Holder Talks About Traveling to Every Country Without Flying

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A lot of people talk about being well traveled.

Graham Hughes holds the world record.

He’s conquered traveling to every country without flying.

What is probably the most impressive, he did it without flying.

That’s right folks. No airplanes.

I hope you enjoy this podcast with Graham Hughes.

“The world isn’t as scary & expensive as a lot of people think. The only person who’s really stopping this is you.” – Graham Hughes (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • How Graham caught the travel bug growing up
  • About the show that inspired the Odyssey Expedition
  • That there is no longer any country in the world that one can’t go to
  • Where to travel if you want to go to Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan – Stay away from the South!
  • Independence of Somaliland from Somalia and how this affects travelers
  • How his expedition has led to a dramatically more vivid view of the world
  • We discuss the value of travel and how anyone with a US, Australian or European passport can do it
  • How mainstream news “by it’s very nature,” misleads people into thinking the world is a dangerous place
  • How Graham conceived of the idea to travel to every country and where he started
  • How to map out a journey around the world without flying and where the trouble points are
  • CouchSurfing and it’s importance in Graham’s journey
  • Whether or not a woman could travel the world like this
  • His story of traveling from Senegal to The Cape Verde Islands in a leaky canoe with 10 Senegalese fishermen
  • How being locked up in prison in Congo and Senegal were the worst parts of the trip
  • “Be good to strangers because one day you might be the stranger.” – An Old Bedoun Saying
  • How Iran was the most hospitable, friendly country in the world
  • How Graham was able to financially maintain his travels
  • The paradox of expensive public transportation in the western world
  • How to travel the world on a shoestring budget
  • Graham shares magnificent stories of awe:
    • A shuttle launch in Florida, USA
    • A volcanic, electric night storm in Papua New Guinea
    • An Iranian phone call of hospitality
    • Swimming with stingless photosynthesis jellyfish on a Rock Island in Palau
    • A mesmerizing midnight creep to the top of the Great Pyramids of Giza
    • Staging a sit down in the sarcophagus of the Great Pyramids
  • The hardest times in which Graham was closest to giving up on the Odyssey
  • How arriving at his final country he found himself with 4 freshly created nations to visit
  • All about the island nation of Nauru and how it’s an example of the scarcity that we will face if we continue to consume our fossil fuels at the current consumption rate
  • Tips and Tricks for getting aboard cargo ships
  • About the lives and the importance of the Merchant Marine Captain
  • How post September 11, 2001 security situation is making life harder for travelers
  • Why Graham is so passionate about Water Aid and what sets it apart from other aid organizations
  • The story of how his journey came to a successful conclusion in South Sudan on November 26th 2012 after 1,426 days on the road
  • Why the journey isn’t over and if any countries become independent, Graham will have to grab his bag again and hit the road
  • How Graham spends less than 7,000-10,000 pounds per year on long term travel

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Niall Doherty: Social Media Blackmail, Circumnavigation, a Wealthy Mindset and a Quantified Life

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Niall is a man with a mission.

He is traveling around the world WITHOUT FLYING!

How is this even possible you ask?

Listen in to find out how possible the impossible really is.

Our first inspirational guest on the Love Affair Travel podcast.

The man, Niall Doherty.

“Once you’re lucky, twice your good.” – Niall Doherty (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Niall’s journey so far: Ireland > England > Amsterdam > Around Europe > Romania > Turkey > Iran > Dubai > India > (5 months in) Nepal > India > Thailand
  • How impossible it is to go from India to Sri Lanka without flying
  • The challenge of traveling from India to Thailand without flying; how he solved this problem by “Making them an Offer they couldn’t refuse.” Hint: It involves some social media blackmail.
  • His trials and tribulations whilst seeking a Pakistani visa
  • The finances of a round the world journey in which he was to begin in $3,000 dollars in the bank
  • How Niall’s path to successful entrepreneurship has run in tandem with his global journey
  • Why Niall is focusing on a high level wealthy mindset now
  • How his Bangkok roommates helped him to identify limiting beliefs
  • Tales on hacking free travel and cash to boot
  • How Iran was the PRIME example of an amazingly positive moment in Niall’s journey
  • How to survive in Iran on $100 for 10 days
  • More about the amazing hospitality of the Iranian people
  • Meditations on irrational fears
  • How to cut out the risk of traveling by yourself or with friends
  • Niall’s take on privacy and how he lives his life as if the whole world could be watching
  • How he plans to cross the Pacific Ocean
  • A story of the guy who burned 10,000 pounds in South East Asia
  • Plus, much more…

“You can’t have an adventure if everything goes to plan.” – Niall Doherty (Tweet It)

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“You don’t overcome your fears and then go do what it is that you want to do. The way it works is, you go do what you want to do in spite of the fear and then while doing it, you overcome it.” – POWERFUL Niall Doherty!

The Inescapable Working Lull

I’m working again.

My work/play life pendulum swings with mighty, inescapable momentum. To the left it’s travel, wanderlust, elation and new experience. To the right it’s hard labor, long hours, feeling incapable and repetition.

These are the hard working traveler blues:

The highs are astronomic. The lows are tough and dirty.

Inevitably, that fun pendulum comes to it’s apex and with this pause commences the working lull. A not so subtle message that you are broke and had better start hustling.

Soon enough everyone has to tolerate the swing. Time to dive into whatever society you are currently marooned in and commence the hustle.

Once that hustle wraps up you get another pendulum pause. That is the best fathomable time. Your supplies are stocked, the plane tickets booked and the next chapter is staring you down.

But first, you gotta endure the inescapable working lull.
I’ll see ya on the other side beloved reader.
More excitement to come… I promise.

Shantaram: Gergory David Roberts

I spent long days picking apples while living in the Australian mountains. A departing French guy gave me a giant, beat up, old novel that was partially being eaten by black mold. This novel changed my life. It’s called Shantaram. Every evening after tremendous days of fruit picking, I would pull my lawn chair from the van I was living in, brew a cup of instant coffee and read this amazing book as the vibrant sun set across the enormous Australian sky.

This novel was my savior. I was enthralled. It wrapped me in so many layers of intrigue: adventure, adversity, travel, language, drugs, war, death, poverty, purpose…

I can’t recommend the book enough. I think it played a pivotal role in my decision to continue travel working. If you’d like to buy Shantaram on Amazon, please us my affiliate link (?) to support my writing. Thank you.

In the video below, Roberts talks about some of the stories that he writes about in the book. Enjoy ->

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 I recommend you watch all eight of them.


Notice how Roberts mentions that he became a doctor not because he went there to save people or to help, it happened inadvertently; the job became him. This is a key understanding to long term travel. You can have your goal, but expect that your travels will change you. You will meld to the circumstances and in this transition, you will learn invaluable life lessons.

I’ve heard rumors that Johnny Depp bought the rights to the book and plans to make it a Hollywood move. I’m a big fan of Johnny’s and him doing the character of Linbaba sounds like a dream.

“The contours of all our virtues are shaped by adversity”

New Zealand Humor: Speed Cooking

It’s All About Speed

I came across this video while in New Zealand. If I’m honest, I still crack up to this day. This think it never grows old.

If you ever forget how to view this video, you can just go to loveaffairtravel.com/speedcooking

Enjoy my friends.

Red Triangle California Surf – Shark Infested Waters

 Sharky Waters

Surfers use a term to describe certain conditions: SHARKY.  I was blown away with the abundance in wildlife – sea lions, otters, seals; it was all so beautiful but I couldn’t help but think that these are all part of the GREAT WHITE SHARK diet.  But hell, it was the first opportunity in my life to get a taste of California waves.  They were peeling off like an aria with no wind.  No wind means glassy, oil slick textured water.  It’s wonderful.

Cayucos, California was my first spot.  My mate and I hit a few spots in the area.  The rock down near Morrow Bay has a great feel on low wind days.  The massive rock provides for a mesmerizing backdrop during lulls.  South of the Rock you jump off the docks of Morrow Bay marina, paddle between all the exotic sailboats and hike across the peninsula for a beautiful low crowd spot.  I got a jellyfish down the neck of my wetsuit but it was real fun.

The Cayucos house dried up and we headed North along Highway 1.  I fell asleep and we woke up near Santa Cruz.  Big Fail!  I slept through some really great spots.  We were now in Santa Cruz and I missed the miles of Big Sur and unoccupied California beaches.  These are the places.  There are epic spots around here.  Dangerous and fun.  Go on a venture down there.  Bring ropes, harnesses and climbing shoes.  Rappel down.  Call me, I’ll join you.  Something awesome can happen down there.

North of Santa Cruz we hit a great spot.  After a short hike from the high way down to the beach we found a right that sits in the pocket of a cliff which protects it from any NE winds.  This spot hits the best as the tide is going out.  Its just north of Santa Cruz, you have to cross a rail line just once you get out of the highway.  The spot is silent from highway traffic or anything else really.

Later on in the week we adventured out to a spot called Point Reyes.  Point Reyes is way out north of San Francisco.  It’s a wonderful little town with a sustainable food and community vibe.  This is the sort of place I must live in once I slow down with all this travel.  The small town vibe is just rich and abundant.

The surf there is cold and sharky.  Im tired now so I must take a break