Globe-girdling black Toronto family gets formal recognition from National Geographic, while a British traveler manges to visit all 201 countries in the world…without a single airline flight. Wow and wow again!
Two years ago, IBIT introduced to you Heather Greenwood Davis, her husband, Ishmael, and their sons, Cameron and Ethan, as they were preparing to leave their familiar world behind and travel the globe for a solid year.
Now, I can report to you that the Davis family has been honored as National Geographic’s “Travelers of the Year” for 2012.
You can read all about the award, as well as NatGeo’s interview with the family, here.
But before they were world-famous traveling celebrities, they were featured on IBIT in our OUT THERE series.
So please congratulate the Davises on their achievement, and check out some of their adventures on Heather’s Web site, Globetrotting Mama.
And then there’s Britain’s Graham Hughes, who arrived last Monday in South Sudan. That makes him the first person to visit all 201 sovereign nations in the world on a single trip.
That fact alone would be extraordinary enough, but wait until you hear how he did it. Four years and 160,000 miles on less than $100 a week — and all without once stepping on an airplane.
All of which puts Hughes, a TV host for a National Geographic travel show in Britain, in the Guinness Book of World Records.
For you trivia freaks out there, 160,000 miles is roughly equivalent to circling the Earth six times.
It’s fitting that South Sudan was the last stop on his wingless odyssey, since it’s the world’s newest region to become a formally recognized sovereign state. And now that he’s completed it, he can fly back to London in triumph, right?
Not a chance. He’s still avoiding any and all airlines as he makes his way home.
Now that’s a traveler.
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