Round-the-world trip film goes viral

Graham Hughes Graham Hughes said the interest in his film had been incredible

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A short film of a Liverpool man's record-breaking trip around the world without using a plane has become an internet hit.

Graham Hughes, 34, from West Derby, set off on 1 January 2009 and visited 201 countries in 1,426 days.

The film-maker posted a four-minute video called One Second Every Nation to YouTube on 29 July and it has already received more than 350,000 views.

He said: "The film has gone viral over the weekend. It's incredible."

Arrested twice

The four-year trip, which he called The Odyssey, cost £27,000, filled four passports and created a Guinness world record.

He was arrested twice during his travels; once in Brazzaville, in Congo, and in the Cape Verde islands, off the coast of west Africa.

Mr Hughes said: "I was arrested and held for six days in Congo because they thought I was filming something I shouldn't and in Cape Verde because they thought I was people-smuggling."

He said of the journey: "It didn't cost a lot money-wise as I did it on a shoestring but I came back skint and it caused me to split with my [ex-girlfriend]."

Asked what his favourite country was, Mr Hughes said: "I've had loads of amazing times but if I had to be pinned down I would say Palau.

"It's a tropical island east of the Philippines and it is paradise."

He said there was nowhere he would not return to, and added: "I love travelling and I want my legacy to be that you don't have to be a millionaire to travel the world."

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