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Long time readers of this blog know that I’m a sucker for trying to visit places.  While I know that there is also value in spending time in places and “experiencing” somewhere, I am more of a “check places off” type of person

(SEE ALSO: Most Traveled People – tracking places you’ve been)

(SEE ALSO: Tracking UNESCO World Heritage Sites)

Another thing that is on my travel bucket list is that I am also trying to visit all 3,143 counties in the United States, though not necessarily in a specific period of time


I started things off back in 2006 by visiting all 88 counties in Ohio in 24 hours, and have also visited the 67 counties in the 6 New England states (Masachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine) in just over one day as well (with time lapse video taken from our dash camera)

More recently we set a world record for the fastest time to jump in all 5 Great Lakes

And then last month my son and I visited all 41 libraries in Hamilton County Ohio in one day.

12 countries in 24 hours

So I was intrigued by the story of Adam Leyton, a UK resident who set a world record for visiting 12 countries in 24 hours using only scheduled transport.  The record for most countries visited total is 19 but that allows driving which this one does not.

The countries visited were Germany, Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria


You can see the route details here.  By my analysis, he started in Germany, took a bus to Luxembourg, ran to the French border and back, took a train and then ran to the Belgium border and back, then flew from Luxembourg to Amsterdam (Netherlands) and then to Copenhagen (Denmark).  Then he took a train to Sweden and back before flying to Warsaw (Poland).  In Poland he took an overnight train to Bratislava, Slovakia which also passed through the Czech Republic, then 2 buses before running to the Hungarian and Austrian borders

The full site devoted to the project is at

Now it makes me wonder if 12 is the most number possible…. 🙂

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