A team of three Norwegian travel madmen – Gunnar Garfors, Tay-young Pak and Oystein Djupvik – broke the world record of most countries visited in 24 hours on September 21, 2014. They managed to visit 19 countries in 24 hours !
Visiting 19 countries in 24 hours
The team of people that equalled the world record for the most number of countries visited in 24 hours back in May – seventeen – upped their game and managed to beat it at their second attempt. They started in Greece and ended their trip in Liechtenstein, between Saturday midnight and Sunday midnight. Great way to spend your weekend!
The Norwegians had to play according to the following rules by Recordsetter.com:
- must physically stand in each country
- must complete visits within any consecutive 24-hour period
- must provide media evidence
Most of the distance between the 19 countries was covered by Car. However, to speed things up (and as it meant not violating the rules) they took two flights as well: Skopje-Belgrade and Vienna-Dusseldorf.
The team got sponsored by Nordic betting company ComeOn who provided the hired cars and paid for the flights.
In chronological order the Comeon team visited: Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein.
Some travel troubles
Mishap and wrong goings always make for the best travel stories and the three Norwegians managed to squeeze a nice amount of these unplanned events within their 24 hour record breaking trip.
In Kosovo they stumbled upong a border crossing queue so long that the three had to abandon their car and sprint across and back, just so they could add this country to their list of visited places.
In Greece their cameraman managed to get himself briefly arrested for filming illegally at the border with Bulgaria.
In spite of their careful planning, they arrived in Macedonia to find the car they’d booked had been rented to someone else. They only option left was a run-down Ford Focus with 100,000km on the meter making for a very uncomfortable ride around the Balkans.
Betting on a travel record
“You could call it the ultimate boys’ trip, three lads visiting all these countries and having a bit of fun,” Garfors said about the trip.
What had started as a private challenge became something of an expedition when their sponsor – Norwegian bookmaker ComeOn – started taking bets on whether the trio would make it, and which country they’d visit next.
The friends had previously tried to break the record in May, but ended up only matching the previous best of 17 countries. This time they researched the route in advance, and left hire cars waiting at airports along the way.
Each of them had their own tasks during the trip: Djupvikgrunnen did all the driving, Garfors took care of planning the route and map-reading, while Pak made sure the provisions of sandwiches and energy drinks was always up to standard.
They are planning to release a documentary about the trip. Here is a little preview complete with a run down on how to use their ‘peeing bottle’ when there is no time to stop for a toilet break: