Stevenage man youngest ever to visit every country in the world

James Asquith in Afghanistan

James Asquith in Afghanistan - Credit: Archant

A man has become the youngest person to visit every country in the world.

James Asquith has become the youngest person ever to visit every country in the world

James Asquith has become the youngest person ever to visit every country in the world - Credit: Archant

James Asquith, 24, of Stevenage, has spent £125,000 visiting 196 countries since 2008. He funded his travels by using money he had saved working part-time jobs since he was 16, as well as working in bars and hostels while on his travels.

James Asquith in Australia

James Asquith in Australia - Credit: Archant

Mr Asquith said: “Vietnam was the first country I went to and I spent nearly three months there. I also spent about five months in the US and Canada, getting to 27 states between Hawaii and Alaska.

“There were a lot of small countries and tricky border crossings along the way. I put trust in some people who drove me through as many as three countries at a time.

“I always seemed to pick the worst timing to visit a lot of countries. I went to Libya three weeks after Gaddafi fell, Afghanistan two weeks after the terrorist bombings in Mazar-i-Sharif, but I usually just tried to find a friendly local person and use their knowledge to get an insight into each country.”

He has now returned to his regular job as a credit trader in London.

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