Two Travellers Set Guinness World Record by Visiting Five Continents in One Day

by Christina Cheung

Two men have made it into the Guinness World Records for visiting the most continents in one calendar day.

Adrian Butterworth, a British documentary filmmaker, filmed his friend, Norwegian Gunnar Garfors, as they raced through Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America using only commercial airlines and a limited budget.

The journey began in Istanbul on June 18, 2012 at 1:10 a.m. and continued through to Casablanca, Paris and Punta Cana before ending in Caracas at 10:05 p.m. the same day. The duo even manage to squeeze in a bit of sightseeing at each stop, like visiting a mosque in Morocco and a beach in the Dominican Republic. In total, it took 28 hours and 25 minutes, but thanks to changing time zones, it all took place on the same calendar day.

The two found out they’d made it into the Guinness World Records book on Tuesday via email, which reportedly read: “We are delighted to confirm that you have successfully achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for ‘Most continents visited in one calendar day.'”

Plane TicketsThe plane tickets used by the duo for their record-breaking trip. Image via The Daily Mail.


Garfors is no stranger to ambitious travelling—on his website, he claims to be the youngest hobby traveller to have been to all countries of the world, using only weekends and holidays to travel. In a post about achieving the world record, he states, “I seem to have a fetish for crazy or borderline idiotic plans.”

His next goal? To reach all seven continents in a day using a decommissioned Concorde jet.

Stay tuned.