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1. Posted by Oliver_G (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

This is a bit of a bizarre request, but I am looking for some suggestions for travel-based world records that I could attempt.

My plan is to do this in aid of a charity and it would be represented by a blog, which would include photography (I am a photographer), writing and possibly even some video.

I am not looking for something that involves ridiculous feats of strength or endurance - I am not an athlete/super-hero type. I will not be canoeing across the Atlantic or climing Kilamanjaro! To give you an idea of the type of thing I was thinking of, my first idea was the longest trip never staying more than one night in the same town. I don't know if that is a record that exists, but that is the type of thing I'm looking for. Anything with entertainment value, something that will capture people's imagination. Think of Dave Gorman and his bizarre projects - that is a great example.

Any suggestions much appreciated.

Cheers, Oliver

P.S. I am based in London, England, if that makes any difference.

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 8y

Interesting idea

I guess in order to come up with suggestions, it might help to know more about what your day-to-day passions are. After all, it's much easier breaking a record if you are actually passionate about that topic. What kind of charity would you be giving the money to? That might also stimulate some ideas.

One recent quest I saw was two guys travelling across the US fixing bad grammar and typos on signs. Hilarious.

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4. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 8y

Ooooh Fabulous! I would love to do somethng like that, but always come up with rediculous notions like crossing Africa in a Reliant Robin! I was thinking of walking around Zanzibar, camping on beaches. Who knows, I may even do it one day. Currently my aim is to visit all 52 countries in Africa before I die, still 32 to go!
You could try something like that, a week in each country and you have done it in a year. Maybe for an Aids charity?
Hmm? Do I feel a second 'gap year' coming on???
I shall have a good think about this one and see if I can come up with something sensible.

As Peter says though, would be helpful to know what kind of charity and what really interests you the most.

Good luck!

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7. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

Brilliant post - I want to do something similar having just driven an old ambulance from UK to Gambia. 'Sense of achievement travel' is the way forward.

If you think of anything give me a shout!!

Joey

8. Posted by 3rdmonky (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

Well assuming you are still after ideas, I reckon I can come up with a few (might not be what you're looking for but hey, it's something).

Like baluba said you could pick 52 countries and stay in each one for a week (total of a year obviously) or something similar like that, like 100 countries in 100 days - actually I reckon some logistical nightmare would screw that attempt somewhere along the way but that sort of thing maybe. So taking what you said, 100 towns/cities/places in 100 days perhaps. That would be doable.

Also depends what the charity is - could tailor it a bit that way.

Ever seen the movie Amelie? Good flick, but in it a garden gnome goes on travels around the world with someone and photos are sent back to its owner of the gnome in random locations like with pyramids in the background etc. Maybe you could find a mascot of some sort or something to do with your chosen charity to take a photo of in a series of locations. Could incorporate this into any of the other ideas.

{By the way I wouldn't necessarily put climbing Kilimanjaro in the too-hard basket. Most people could manage it with a bit of luck and effort if they are reasonably fit & prepared - it's pretty much a trek, don't have to be a climber but anyway that's my two cents ;)}

On the more commercial side you could visit a branch of ... in one place of each country it exists (eg one McDonald's store in every country, or whatever) and see if you can get them to sponsor you for a lot. Obviously go through something unique about each country, not just the store itself :p

Could recreate Around the World in 80 Days maybe.

Things that are specifically a world record might be hard to find/prove - maybe see if there is anything in the Guinness world records and try and break it.

Anyway that's my brainwork for the day so whether it helps or not, I've had my fun here