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Travellers Break World Record and Visit 19 Countries in One Day

Travelling around Europe and visiting places like the Netherlands, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Croatia and Bulgaria, is on many traveller’s bucket lists, but you wouldn’t expect to see all of these countries in just 24 hours.

That’s exactly what three guys from Norway have managed to do – ambitious travellers Gunnar Gorfors, Tay-Young Pak and Øyvind Djupvik have just smashed the previous world record of visiting 17 countries in one day – by visiting 19.

The group used a carefully planned route and schedule of hire cars and scheduled flights in order to complete their trip throughout Europe after leaving Greece just after midnight. They then travelled in a north-westerly direction through Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Switzerland before ending their trip in Liechtenstein only 20 minutes before the 24 hours deadline was up.

Although the trip was carefully planned and thought out by Gunnar Garfors, a travel writer, no amount of preparation could have prevented a series of mishaps which threatened their world record attempt.

The queue at the border into Kosovo was so long and taking up so much time, the three men had to abandon their car and sprint across the border and back – just so that they could say they had set foot in the country.

The team’s cameraman, who was filming the attempt to show it had been done also got arrested in Greece for filming illegally at the Bulgarian border.

Upon arriving in Macedonia, the team found that the car they had booked had actually been rented to someone else, and they were then only given a run-down Ford Focus with over 100,000 kilometres on the clock.

After completing the huge feat, Gunnar Garfors said, “Everything went smooth, besides some bad weather in Switzerland, and some trouble with a rental car in Greece before the start of the race. Now we have been on the road and should be tired but setting a new world record feels like winning the lottery and we wonder if we should continue to travel for 24 hours more. We crushed the old world record with two countries and we are extremely happy with ourselves. We even had time to spare, but the weather conditions were just too bad to continue towards our 20th country, Italy.”

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