I’m Graham Hughes, British adventurer, filmmaker, television presenter and Guinness World Record holder. I’m the first (and so far only) person to visit all 193 United Nations member states and several other territories across the world without flying. I did it alone, on a shoestring budget, without professional support and filmed a TV series for Lonely Planet along the way.
I completed the journey in January 2013 after 4 years and 1 month on the road.
I was born in Liverpool in 1979 and attended the Liverpool Blue Coat School, studying English, General Studies, History, and Politics at A-Level. I read Politics and Modern History at the University of Manchester and graduated with a 2:1 BA Honours degree in 2000. I moved back to Liverpool and set up my own video production company.
After publishing some of my exciting travel videos on YouTube, I built a rapport with Lonely Planet in Australia, which culminated in an eight-part TV documentary series, chiefly self-filmed, about my attempt to visit every country in the world without flying being produced by Lonely Planet, commissioned by National Geographic Adventure and distributed by BBC Worldwide.
Since finishing the adventure, I’ve spoken about my travels at numerous events, conferences and functions around the world, I’ve appeared on the BBC, ITV, Sky News, CBS, Channel 9 Australia, and NZTV (amongst others), I’ve been interviewed for The Times, The Telegraph, The Mirror, The Guardian, The Independent, Esquire, BA High Life, Emirates Magazine, Frankie Magazine (amongst others) and presented travel features for Aegean Airlines, the BBC, ITV and a host of independent production companies.
In December 2013 I won SOS Island, an American survival show hosted by “Survivorman” Les Stroud. The prize was a private Caribbean island a few miles off the coast of Panama where I subsequently lived off-grid for three years.
I’m a professional travel presenter, travel writer and inspirational speaker. My first book, Man of the World, was published at the end of 2017 and has been warmly received by critics and the public alike. Its sequel, Top of the World, is due out before the end of 2018.
If you have any questions, work, or proposals for me, you can drop me a line using the form below. I’m always available for interviews and happy to help any of my fellow overlanders in need.