Saturday, August 27, 2011
First person to visit all UN member countries and Antarctica: Yili Liu set world record
Ann Arbor, MI, USA -- Yili Liu (born in China), Ph.D., Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, has visited all the 195 United Nations member and observer countries and Antarctica , setting the world record for the First Person to Visit All United Nations Member and Observer Countries and Antarctica, according to World Record Academy (www.worldrecordacademy.com).
Photo: Yili Liu visiting a scientific research station in Antarctica. Photo: Yili Liu (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the fastest time to visit all 194 United Nations member countries is 3 years 3 months and 6 days and was achieved by Yili Liu (USA).
Guinness World Records also recognized the longest journey by car using alternative fuel: 3,8137 km (2,3697.19 miles), achieved by Rainer Zietlow, Florian Hilpert, Falk Gunold, Franz Janusiewicz (all Germany) with a Volkswagen Caddy EcoFuel using natural gas.
Through his travels between September 23 2007 and December 29 2010 he had set the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Time to visit all sovereign countries and the World Record for the First Person to visit all UN member countries as a solo traveler.
Since then, he has visited South Sudan, both before and after it became the newest United Nations member country on July 14th 2011.
He visited Antarctica in late February and early March 2011.
He visited all these countries legally, with scheduled public transportation, as a solo traveler, and with at least an overnight stay in each country, and he paid all the travel expenses with his own savings.
He has also visited numerous territories, dependencies, and places with partial international recognition for their declared independence.
He tries to visit at least one university in each country he visits if possible.
His travels merge his passion for global exploration and his profession as a teacher, researcher, and practitioner in human factors engineering (the study and improvement of human-machine-environment relationships) and psychology (the study of mind and behavior).
These travels empower and enrich his activities in education, research, service, professional engagement, and daily life.
Related world records:
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Longest Journey by Motorcycle in a Single Country: Canadian Brothers (Video)
Fastest Crossing of the Sahara Desert by Bicycle: Reza Pakravan (Video)
First person to visit solo all 194 UN member countries: Yili Liu
Fastest Time to visit 245 countries: Benny Prasad
Greatest distance on a scooter in 24 hours: Jason Chalmers and Tamlyn Locke
Longest distance travelled on a single tank of fuel: Volkswagen Passat
circumnavigation by bicycle: Vin Cox
rickshaw ride: Tim Moss
journey to the South Pole: Todd Carmichael
Distance on Motorcycle in 24 Hours: Omar Al Mamari
countries visited: Kashi Samaddar
Distance Skated on the Road: Abhishek
Woman to Scale 14 Highest Peaks: Oh Eun-Sun
to cycle the length of the Americas: Mark Beaumont
cyclist to cross Southern Australia: Guido
to cycle the Pan-American Highway: Scott Napier
journey on mini-bikes:
Ryan Galbraith and Chris Stinson
tea run: Rebecca Wass
cyclist to circle the globe: James Bowthorpe
rickshaw ride: Simon Etkind and Lianna Hulbert
unsupported Arctic journey: Emirates NBD Greenland Quest
across Canada: Cornel Dobrin
distance travelled by train in 24 hours: Corey
Pedersen and Mike Kim
wheelbarrow journey: David Baird
team travel to the South Pole: team impossible2Possible
Journey by Skateboard: Rob Thomson
journey around the world: Rosie
Saturday, August 27, 2011