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How To Travel To 196 Countries Without Joining World Venture Shit
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LONDON — He visited all 196 countries by the age of 24, covering most countries within five years. Last year, he received a Guinesss World Record for becoming the youngest person in the world to travel to all sovereign countries.

However, for James Asquith, now 28 and working at Deutsche Bank in London, that was never the plan.
“It was never the purpose to race around and hop into every country to tick it off,” he told Business Insider. Instead, he got the idea after he began travelling with his father, a pilot for BMI.

“I thought, ‘I want to see more,’ and eventually decided I wanted to go everywhere,” he said.
From an early age, Asquith, who was born in Sussex but has spent most of his life in London, has been saving his money, starting with “hoarding cash and doing little jobs where I could” such as washing neighbourhood cars at age 12 to asking for money instead of presents at birthdays and Christmas.

With “a decent amount of cash saved up” at the age of 18, he took a gap year before starting university to travel to Southeast Asia with friends.
What started as a three month trip sparked an around-the-world tour that lasted five years, leading Asquith to visit Afghanistan during a war and travel by jeep into Somalia.

From getting lucky on the stock market to working in bars and hostels in South America, scroll down to see how Asquith became the youngest person in the world to visit every country.
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Meet James Asquith, the 28-year-old London banker who became the youngest person to travel to all 196 countries at the age of 24.
His Instagram account, which he started just over three months ago, already has over 84,000 followers.
Having saved “a decent amount of cash” by the age of 18, Asquith took a gap year to travel with friends before starting university, spurring him to continue travelling around the world.

“When it started, I remember going to get our backpacks and the guy in the shop saying, ‘Get this one, you’ll catch the travel bug and it will be durable.’ I thought, ‘No, it’s just going to be a three-month trip.’ Two days after I came back I booked my first solo trip and went to Egypt.
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Asquith’s Dad was also a pilot working for BMI (British Midland International), meaning he got to tag along to destinations he otherwise may not have visited.
“They went direct to Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kazakhstan – places that were pretty expensive to get to and that I’d normally never have gone to,” he said.

“I started going away with my Dad when I could, or even without him, on these weird route networks. I thought, ‘I want to see more,’ and eventually thought, ‘Now I want to go everywhere.’”
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He managed to continue traveling during his time at The London School of Economics, where he studied a BSc in Economics.

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