Saturday, March 15, 2014

5:1 Trip Approved by Guinness World Records

June 19, 2012 in Caracas. The day after setting the Guinness World Record. 

On June 18, 2012 I travelled to five continents in one day together with Adrian Butterworth from the UK. We had the honour of visiting Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America, all in the same day.

A world record.

We celebrated accordingly. In Caracas. I have previously summarized the trip. Or you can watch the preview of the documentary. It was made by Adrian's Adelia TV.

Now there is time for yet another celebration.

Guinness World Records has approved the record. I received the news on March 14, 2014 via email:

The official logo of GWR.
"We are delighted to confirm that you have successfully achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for ’Most continents visited in one calendar day’. 

Record text: Gunnar Garfors (Norway) and Adrian Butterworth (UK) visited five continents in one calendar day, taking scheduled transport between the east side of Istanbul in Turkey (Asia), Casablanca in Morocco (Africa), Paris in France (Europe), Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic (North America) and Caracas in Venezuela (South America) on 18 May 2012. The entire trip took 28 hr 25 min, but the changing time zones ensured that Garfors and documentary filmmaker Butterworth cleared customs in each country in the same calendar day.

My bucket list is shrinking.

Read Guinness World Records' own article about the world record.

Back then I had visited "only" 174 countries, but on May 8, 2013 I landed in the very last one, Cape Verde.

What now?

Watch this space. I seem to have a fetish for crazy or borderline idiotic plans. But first, a pint of Guinness to celebrate the Guinness World Record.

I will coincidentally go to Ireland in a week.

The evidence. Ticket stubs from June 18.