For many travellers, their idea of heaven is to reach their destination, drop their bags, find a poolside lounge and not move for days on end.
For others, like British adventurer Jamie McDonald, he intended to move as fast as possible in order to set a world record of visiting the Seven Modern Wonders of the World in as short a time as possible.
McDonald, also known as ‘Adventureman’ on his social platforms, has just returned from his whirlwind trip, which saw him visit nine countries in four continents and cover nearly 36,783 kilometres in six days, 16 hours and 14 minutes to set a new Guinness World Record.
Helping him along was travel technology company Travelport and its retail platform Travelport+ which helped Jamie take 13 flights, ride in six taxis, nine buses, four trains and even one toboggan to achieve his mammoth feat. British travel agency Travelbag made the bookings using Travelport+.
Now officially in the record books, Jamie’s challenge took him to the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, Petra, the Colosseum, Christ the Redeemer, Machu Pichu and Chichén Itzá in less than one week.
However, Jamie wasn’t just doing it for himself but instead was on a quest to raise money for The Superhero Foundation, an organisation which contributes money to families to fund treatments, therapies and equipment not available through their local or traditional healthcare systems.
Check out Adventureman’s itinerary below. See if you can follow it including how you’d book it.
“In my previous adventures, I’ve run solo across America (the equivalent of 210 marathons) and have cycled 22,000 kilometres from Thailand to the United Kingdom, and yet, this was certainly my most complex, complicated trip yet,” McDonald said.
“With travel, there are just so many variables – weather, restrictions, delays, customs, traffic, cancellations, you name it.
“When you’re attempting to set a world record, speed and agility are absolutely key. There was no other partner besides Travelport that could’ve made this all possible.”
In order for the trip to be officially endorsed by Guinness World Records, Jamie was required to verify his movements by only using scheduled public transportation (no charters) with each taxi taking him no further than 50 kilometres.
He needed to keep a logbook with receipts for each step of the journey, use GPS software to log his whereabouts, take videos and photos showing his arrival in each location with a timestamp and get a written or recorded statement from a staff member or police officer at each site.
Travelport donated $22,856 to Jamie’s cause – one dollar for every mile of the journey.
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