If you feel 24 hours in a day is too short to get all the things done you would like to. Well hold tight and check out how Gunnar Garfors goes full speed ahead traveling to 5 continents in 1 day!
Traveling to 5 continents in 1 day
Gunnar Garfors is the kickass travelling dude who you might know from a previous journey where he broke the world record for most countries visited in 24 hours. He managed to visit 19 European countries in a rollercoaster traveling day of just under 24 hours.
Of course the interprid Norwegian had to come up with a next travel challenge and that is when he dreamed up the idea to visit 5 continents in one day. The goal was to visit five continents in one day, using only public transport.
He took Adrian Butterworth of Adelia Television with him to film the entire thing and off they were.
Continent #1 – Asia
On June 18, 2012 the duo started their travel-record-race in Asia. The reason was simple. Istanbul’s huge availability of flights. In particular a very early morning flight to the second continent was going to be needed to get a good ‘flying’ start. And Istanbul afterall is a city on two continents. To Garfors’ praise he did not go for the easy way out and visit two continents in the same country. Too easy! And easy is boring (and probably would not have been approved by the Guinness World Record book).
So they decided to only focus on the Asian part of Istanbul.
Their flight was scheduled to leave at 01:10, but was 19 minutes late. No good start indeed.
And to their surprise their Air Arabia debut was slightly…different. For the first time on any flight Garfors had been on, the flight deck started it all off by a travel prayer. In Arabic. And it worked as they didn’t crash.
Arrival in Africa was only 7 minutes late, so catching up on their intial 19 minute delay.
Flight: Istanbul (SAW) – Casablanca (CMN): 01:10-04:10 – Air Arabia 3O 2438
Continent #2 – Africa
Arrival in Casablanca was just after 4am. We arrived in Casablanca just after 4 in the morning.
They rushed out of the airport to the the mosque, the third biggest in the world. Setting up equipment for an interview in front of it at 4:45 in the morning may not have been the most clever of plans as the mosque police did not like the look of it.
They were asked to leave the sacred ground in front of the mosque and so they did, setting up just outside the area. That was not taken too well neither and the interview was interrupted after a few minutes. There was no doubt that they had to leave fast unless they wanted the opportunity to film an African police station. A quick ride back to the airport followed where a 07:35am Air France flight to Paris was up next. The French did not disappoint and took off 7 minutes early.
Flight: Casablanca (CMN) – Paris (CDG): 07:35-11:35 – Air France AF 1697.
Continent #3 – Europe
Traveling to 5 continents in 1 day means rushing. And Europe turned out to be the hardest continent with only 1 hour and 55 minutes between flights. In that time Gunnar Garfors needed to change terminal while also meeting and getting to know their local contact and getting footage for the documentary. Air France first gave them two additional minutes. Then they added an hour by delaying their departure to continent number four in the Dominican Republic.
Flight: Paris (CDG) – Punta Cana (PUJ): 13:30-16:20 – Air France AF 3563.
North America, Continent #4
The delay from Paris gave them a lot less time than anticipated and made them having to skip a swim with dolpins that they had arranged beforehand. There was still (very limited) time for some relaxation on a beach 20 minutes away from the airport. The islanders do see themselves as Caribbeans, but the Dominican Republic is geographically speaking one out of 23 countries in North America.
The beach session must have lasted slightly too long as they almost missed their departure from Punta Cana as the airline decided to start boarding 30 minutes early. Ade had to leave the burger he had ordered in order to be let onboard. An airline that departs before schedule? Gol is certainly not your ordinary airline. But it served them very well
Flight: Punta Cana (PUJ) – Caracas (CCS): 21:00-22:05 – GOL G3 7625
Continent #5 – South America
They arrived in Caracas the capital city of Venezuela at 10:15pm. After filling in three different forms they were eventually allowed to enter the country.
Their local contact, Angie was there to meet them together with four of her friends. A real welcome committee. They drove downtown and straight to a bar for the 5 continent celebration. Together with four Venezuelan stunning girls.
Garfors and Butterworth They had just experienced their longest Monday ever. But the night was still young. But they did it: traveling to 5 continents in 1 day!
The five continents that had a brief Norwegian-British encounter on June 18th were, in chronological order, Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America. The complete itinerary was as follows:
Istanbul (SAW) – Casablanca (CMN) – 01:10-04:10 – Air Arabia 3O 2438
Casablanca (CMN) – Paris (CDG) – 07:35-11:35 – Air France AF 1697
Paris (CDG) – Punta Cana (PUJ) – 13:30-16:20 – Air France AF 3563
Punta Cana (PUJ) – Caracas (CCS) – 21:00-22:05 – GOL G3 7625
More kickass travel records
Gunnar Garfors’ continent run is just one example of a whole bunch of mad travel records covered on kickasstrips before. Examples include:
- the World’s longest birthday where a guy Celebrates his Birthday for 46 hours by Traveling back in Time!
- All Nations Quest: John Bougen Visits every Country in the World in 150 days!
- Graham Hughes: First man to travel to all 201 ‘countries’ without flying