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Many people dream of traveling the world and Graham Hughes has made those dreams come true.  By world, we mean the whole world - Graham visited all 201 countries in the world within 4 years!  To make things even more incredible, he did his entire adventure without a single flight! 



Guinness World Records has him down as visiting the most countries within a single year without flying.  At the end of his journey, he received the world record for the only individual to visit every single country without flying.

A few items helped him along the way.  First, he's from the UK, and his British passport allowed him access to all countries.  He set a budget for $100 a week.  He used CouchSurfing.org which allowed him to spend the night for free.  Graham always traveled very light.





'I think I also wanted to show that the world is not some big, scary place, but in fact is full of people who want to help you even if you are a stranger.', Graham says.

And that's what's good,

Jon

References:
Graham's website - http://www.theodysseyexpedition.com
MailOnline - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239087/Graham-Hughes-British-man-person-visit-201-countries-WITHOUT-using-plane.html


Full country list in order:

SOUTH AMERICA

1. Uruguay
2. Argentina
3. Paraguay
4. Bolivia
5. Chile
6. Peru
7. Ecuador
8. Colombia
9. Venezuela
10. Brazil
11. Guyana
12.Suriname

THE CARIBBEAN

13. Trinidad & Tobago
14. Grenada
15. St. Vincent & The Grenadines
16. Barbados
17. St. Lucia - Martinique**
18. Dominica
19. St. Kitts & Nevis
20. Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua: He visited palm fringed beaches in The Caribbean
St. Martin/Sint Maarten
British Virgin Islands
US Virgin Islands
21. Dominican Republic
22. Haiti
23. Jamaica

CENTRAL AND NORTH AMERICA

24 Mexico
25 Guatemala
26 El Salvador
27 Nicaragua
28 Honduras
29 Costa Rica
30 Panama
31 Belize
32 The United States of America
33 The Bahamas - The Conch Republic**
34 Cuba
35 Canada


EUROPE

36 Iceland - The Faroe Islands**
37 The Netherlands
38 Belgium
Cape Verde: He spent four days on a 'leaky fishing boat' getting to this Atlantic isle
39 France
40 England*
41 Wales*
42 Ireland
43 Northern Ireland*
44 Scotland*
45 Luxembourg
46 Germany
47 Denmark
48 Sweden
49 Norway
50 Finland
51 Estonia
52 Russia
53 Latvia
54 Lithuania
55 Belarus
56 Poland
57 The Czech Republic
58 Slovakia
59 Hungary
60 Romania
61 Moldova
62 Ukraine
63 Bulgaria
USA: He saw a space shuttle take off in America
64 Greece
65 Macedonia
66 Kosovo*
67 Montenegro
68 Serbia
69 Albania
70 Croatia
71 Bosnia & Herzegovina
72 Slovenia
73 Austria
74 Liechtenstein
75 Switzerland
76 Italy
77 Vatican City*
78 Malta
79 Tunisia (Africa)
80 San Marino
81 Monaco
82 Andorra
83 Spain
84 Portugal

AFRICA

85 Morocco
Estonia: Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, the most northern of the Baltic states
86 Western Sahara*
87 Mauritania
88 Senegal
89 Cape Verde
90 The Gambia
91 Guinea-Bissau
92 Mali
93 Guinea
94 Sierra Leone
95 Liberia
96 Côte D’Ivoire
97 Ghana
98 Togo
99 Benin
100 Burkina Faso
101 Niger
102 Nigeria
103 Cameroon
104 Chad
105 Central African Republic
106 Equatorial Guinea
107 Gabon
108 Saõ Tomé & Principé
109 Congo
110 Democratic Republic of Congo
Kenya: Masai Warrior in red standing near Acacia tree
111 Angola
112 Namibia
113 South Africa
114 Botswana
115 Lesotho
116 Swaziland
117 Mozambique
118 Zimbabwe
119 Malawi
120 Zambia
121 Tanzania
122 Comoros
123 Madagascar - Reunion**
124 Mauritius
125 Rwanda
126 Burundi
127 Uganda
128 Kenya
129 Ethiopia - Somaliland**
130 Somalia
131 Djibouti

MIDDLE EAST AND ASIA

132 Saudi Arabia
133 Egypt (Africa)
134 Sudan (Africa)
135 Jordan
136 Palestine*
137 Israel
138 Syria
139 Lebanon
140 Turkey
Iraqi Kurdistan**
141 Iraq
142 Cyprus (Europe)
Northern Cyprus**
143 Libya (Africa)
144 Algeria (Africa)
145 Georgia
146 Armenia
147 Azerbaijan
148 Kazakhstan
Karakalpakstan**
149 Uzbekistan
150 Kyrgyzstan
151 Tajikistan
152 Turkmenistan
Papua New Guinea: He danced with highlanders from Papua New Guinea
153 Afghanistan
154 Iran
155 Kuwait
156 Bahrain
157 Qatar
158 United Arab Emirates
159 Oman
160 Yemen
161 Eritrea (Africa)
162 Pakistan
163 India
164 Bangladesh
165 Bhutan
166 Nepal
Tibet**
167 China
168 Mongolia
169 South Korea
170 North Korea
171 Japan
172 Taiwan*
173 Vietnam
174 Cambodia
Borneo: He befriended orangutans in the jungle
175 Thailand
176 Laos
177 Burma
178 Malaysia
179 Singapore
180 Indonesia
181 Brunei
182 The Philippines
183 East Timor
West Papua**

OCEANIA

184 Papua New Guinea
185 Solomon Islands
186 Australia
New Caledonia**
187 Vanuatu
188 Fiji
Wallis & Futuna**
189 Tuvalu
190 Kiribati
191 Marshall Islands
192 Samoa
Hong Kong: He also saw some of the world's biggest and brightest cities
American Samoa**
193 Tonga
194 New Zealand
195 Nauru
Northern Mariana Islands**
Guam**
196 Micronesia
197 Palau
Hong Kong**
Macau**


THE FINAL FRONTIER

198 Sri Lanka
199 The Maldives
200 The Seychelles
201 South Sudan

* Not a member of the UN, but still counts towards The Odyssey 201.

** Dependency, Territory, Semi-Autonomous Region or Largely Unrecognised De-Facto State. Does not count towards The Odyssey 201.

(Source: Hughes' website The Odyssey Expedition)

Published in Lifestyle

Tree-houses bring out the kid in everyone.  One company, "Invisible Works", has revealed plans to build beautiful semi-transparent tree-house structures in a London park.  They hope that these structures will encourage people to spend more time outside.

And that's what's good,

Jon


Reference: http://inhabitat.com/the-invisible-city-londons-parks-transformed-with-temporary-high-tech-treehouse-venues/

Published in Environment

Major Tim Peake (what a fitting name!), Britain's first astronaut, said he will tweet from space when he goes in 2015.

"I certainly will be tweeting from space, a large part of what I want to achieve on this mission is to try to inspire a generation and encourage them to continue to support space flight and microgravity research.", Peake says.

He'll have to be brief though since his messages will need to be limited to twitter's 140 characters :)


He also says that he plays the guitar, but will spare everyone from hearing it :)

"I do play the guitar – very badly", Peake jokes, "and I wouldn't inflict my singing on anyone."


We are looking forward to hearing Good News from outer space in 2015!


And that's what's good,

Jon

 

Published in Science

Couple chooses to live without money

Mo' Money, mo' problems? One couple in Berlin, Germany thinks so! Raphael Fellmer, his wife, and child have lived without money for over two years!!!  Two years!  This is not because they cannot find work, but because they choose to. They believe that society can be better without money.

Fellmer decided to embark on this journey after college.  He wanted to raise awareness for how wasteful our society can be.  To spread his ideas, Fellmer and a group of friends travelled from Europe to Mexico without money!  How'd they do it?  They did small jobs for people and good deeds.  They eventually got a ride on a sailboat in exchange for crew duties.  On his trip, Fellmer met his wife and they quickly had their child.

Now the happy couple lives in Berlin money free.  Fellmer says he's not lazy as many people claim.  Instead he says, "I’m working 40 to 50 hours a week on projects for the good of society.”

The couple does small jobs for people - gardening, etc… in exchange for goods, food, and living space.  Germany offers free universal healthcare so they have medical expenses covered.  They managed to find a gynecologist while his wife, Nieves Palmer, was pregnant.  The doctor assisted her in exchange for gardening work.

Fellmer calls this working together for goods and services "collaborative consumption". 

“We have not only a surplus of food but of housing,” Fellmer says. “Everything we need is already there. We just need to make the connections.”


And that's what's good,
Jon
The Good World News

Published in Business

By day, he is a normal man, but by night, he jumps in a giraffe costume and does good deeds for random people!  Super-giraffe?  Well he actually calls himself "The Good Giraffe".

Armstrong Baillie is his name, and good deeds is his game. 

“I busk during the week, playing the drums and kazoo dressed as The Good Giraffe. Then I use the money I get from busking to do good things for people.", Armstrong describes in an interview with The Sun.

He does nice simple things for people.  Armstrong has purchased coffee for people, cleaned up beaches, and handed out water bottles to runners.  He has also dropped off toys to kids in hospitals. 

These good deeds have given him worldwide attention:
“Since I set up my blog I’ve been getting requests from all over the world… I’ve also had emails from Germany, Malaysia, Hong Kong and even Syria".

It's always good to see someone paying it forward and hey, it also helps that he really enjoys it! 

“People are always happy to see me. It puts a smile on their faces.", Armstrong says.



Peace & Love,
Jon
The Good World News

Published in Random Good News

A wall of "I Love You's" in Paris

"Mahal kita", "Je t'aime", "Ti amo", are only a few of the hundreds of "I love you's" written on a 416 foot wall in Place des Abbesses, Square Jehan Rictus in Paris, France.  Two artists, Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito,
 created the beautiful wall as a tribute to love and happiness.  awwwww.  The wall has "I Love You" written in 250 different languages!