I consider my personal travel style to be “rushed” at best. It’s rare that I spend more than three or four days at a destination. I never seem to have enough time to see all that I want to and my mantra is “I guess I’ll have just have to see that [museum, site, neighborhood, etc.] next time.” I wish I could slow down, but time is always seems to be an issue and I love the thrill of seeing new places. Even if I had an extra day to spend in a city, I bet I’d use it by taking a day trip to see somewhere else.
Well it turns out that I travel at a glacial pace compared to the “17 in 24” team of Yvo Kuhling, Liselott Martynenko Agerlid, Philomena O’Brien and Todd Hepworth. They visited 17 countries in 24 hours. Starting in Bosnia and Herzegovina, they drove through Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Belgium finally arriving in The Netherlands.
Actually, it only took the speed demons 23 hours and 30 minutes, to be precise. And being precise is very important to RecordSetter, a newish website that bills itself as the New Home for World Records (move over Guinness!) and believes that everyone can set a record at something as long as they’re creative enough about it. But records are made to be broken… The original record was 13 countries in 24 hours, set by Andy Lelean and Paddy Halliwell in 2008. Departing from England, they drove through the Eurotunnel to France, and then on to Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The first RecordSetter determines the rules and in this case the rules are that the participants must physically stand in each country,must complete visits within any consecutive 24-hour period and must provide media evidence. Here’s some media evidence: a video of the jubilant team arriving at their final destination in Maastricht, Holland.
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