Photo courtesy of Graham Hughes
Hi I’m Graham Hughes, the first and fastest person to visit every country without flying. (Check my entry in Guinness World Records if you don’t believe me.) My journey took over 4 years and encompassed well over 200 countries and territories, including Afghanistan, Honduras, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia.
What many people find remarkable (myself included) is that throughout this adventure, I was never robbed, I was never mugged, I didn’t get beaten up, and I didn’t even get ill. To be perfectly frank, my biggest headaches (financial and otherwise) were caused by taxi drivers, my bank and law enforcement officers.
Now either I’m some sort of red-haired good-luck bunny, or the world is not as dangerous as you might think. I was reasonably cautious, but not obsessively so. Here are some tips and pointers for staying safe that I picked up along the way.