17 most fascinating world-travelling records

17 most fascinating world-travelling records

What are the craziest things that have happened while traveling?' The Jakarta Post Travel turns to the Guinness World Records for answers.

The following extreme feats were motivated by a host of factors, including charity, self-fulfillment and even chance.

Here are our picks of the most interesting travel records.

First surface circumnavigation of the globe via both poles

As if traveling around the earth isn't challenging enough, two men from the UK became the first to do it while passing both the North and South Pole.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Charles Burton started the journey in September 1979, crossed the South Pole in December 1980 and the North Pole in April 1982 before returning to London four months later.

Longest journey by autorickshaw

Susi Bemsel and Daniel Snaider rode a Tuk Tuk (autorickshaw from Thailand) back to Germany on 2005. Perhaps the pair found the extra baggage fees a hassle.

They travelled for 37,410 kilometers, passing by 21 countries along the way.

Deadliest road travel

The Dominican Republic is reported by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as being the most dangerous place to travel by road.

The Global Status Report on Road Safety released by WHO in 2013 rated the country as having the highest in-road traffic deaths, with 41.7 deaths per 100,000 persons.

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