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Maastricht , Netherlands / June 2, 2012

A team of four travelers – Yvo Kuhling (Netherlands), Liselott Martynenko Agerlid (Sweden), Philomena O'Brien (Australia) and Todd Hepworth (Australia) traveled to 17 countries in 23 hours, 30 minutes.

They visited Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and The Netherlands.

The trip began at Samac in Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 1, 2012 at 20:43. In each country the team got out of the car to step foot in the country and take a couple of photos. A cracking playlist and in-car menu kept the team's morale high throughout the attempt.

A GPS tracker recorded the trip at around five minute intervals and included each country as well. Learn more about the feat here.

- must physically stand in each country
- must complete visits within any consecutive 24-hour period
- must provide media evidence
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  • response to this attempt Australia Todd Hepworth

    Todd Hepworth

    If you want some hints and tips then let me know

    • response to this attempt United States 18in24

      18in24

      Would be grateful of any handy hints please Todd.

    • response to this attempt Australia Todd Hepworth

      Todd Hepworth

      to start with. 1. Those with border crossings (non-Schengen) try to time at late night...less other cars 2. Save your getting out of the car by remembering in the Schengen zone you can walk back and forward and the country sign is on either side. So do Netherlands/Belgium together, then Luxembourg/France... rather than separately! 3. Make sure you have printed paper maps (we made a book of google maps close in) so you can track your progress in case the GPS doesn't have certain highways. 4. Make sure your GPS maps are up to date 5. Don't follow the GPS all the time :) If you know from your map that you should go around the town (like us going THROUGH Szeged Hungary, rather than around it).
      6. Don't blow your fuses. 7. Take your camera phones and extra cameras to take lots of vids, pics! 8. Don't drive too fast in France :P 9. When the google maps suggests that the drive through Austria takes the same rough time as the extra 30-40km through Germany this is because Austria has TUNNELS!!!!!! 10. Enjoy yourself!

    • response to this attempt Australia Todd Hepworth

      Todd Hepworth

      hmm that didn't format like it was meant to

    • response to this attempt Australia Todd Hepworth

      Todd Hepworth

      oh and we used Instamapper to track progress but I think that website has closed down.

    • response to this attempt United States 18in24

      18in24

      Many thanks Todd - much appreciated.

  • response to this attempt United States Andy Lelean

    Andy Lelean

    You have reignited my interest if you fall short, I think we might have to have a crack next year. ( still not sure it's possible), 72 mph is a big ask

  • response to this attempt United States Andy Lelean

    Andy Lelean

    Are you going to tweet progress?

  • response to this attempt United States Andy Lelean

    Andy Lelean

    18 in 24, I trust you will be observing the "must stand in every country" rule. I'm sure you'll get very good at the "5 second dance and photo".

  • response to this attempt United States 18in24

    18in24

    1730miles in 24 hours - 12th October 2013, watch this space.

    • response to this attempt United States Andy Lelean

      Andy Lelean

      Good luck - Todd is that you or someone new?

    • response to this attempt United States 18in24

      18in24

      We are new boys to this challenge. 4 of us from the UK setting off on the 13th October. We have just stated a facebook page 18in24 and we will hopefully start to get the word around and update people.

      Bryan, Mark, Gareth and Brian

    • response to this attempt United States Andy Lelean

      Andy Lelean

      Good luck - 18 is going to be tough

    • response to this attempt Australia Todd Hepworth

      Todd Hepworth

      Good luck chums

  • response to this attempt Australia Todd Hepworth

    Todd Hepworth

    Andy, Thanks for the comments. Of course your trip was one of our inspirations! We've thought about 18...it would be crazy-tough...but good luck

  • response to this attempt United States Andy Lelean

    Andy Lelean

    18?

  • response to this attempt United States Andy Lelean

    Andy Lelean

    Hi, Andy here (of Andy and Paddy, who set the bar at a measly 13 a few years back). Congratulations - well done to you all - fantastic. Paddy and I had been hatching a plan to have a crack at 17 and "get our record back" - guess we don't need to bother now - grrrrrr!

    well done

  • response to this attempt Australia Todd Hepworth

    Todd Hepworth

    Thanks for all your kind words...it was tough, difficult and at times we didn't think it was going to work but in the end we got there.

    Jenn - nope nothing was nearby (Denmark? UK?) We've looked at 18 countries and have noted that an extra 250km might get us Poland but 250km in 30mins is a little bit difficult :)

    Emily - we spent a LOT of time in Austria ...so we are biased. But I liked the 10 minutes we were in Liechtenstein or the 5 minutes in Slovenia!

  • response to this attempt United States Alicia Weber

    Alicia Weber

    Wow, terrific work and an exciting world record!

  • response to this attempt United States Emily Patricia

    Emily Patricia

    You're featured on our Facebook page today. Congrats!

  • response to this attempt United States Jenn Wark

    Jenn Wark

    You couldn't have used the last 30 minutes to squeeze in one more country? :D Just kidding, this is a great category and an excellent attempt!

  • response to this attempt United States Emily Patricia

    Emily Patricia

    Wow. Incredible! What was your favorite country?!

  • response to this attempt Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Fantastic. Nicely done!

  • response to previous attempt Spain Miguel De Diego

    Miguel De Diego

    increidible, just thst

  • response to previous attempt Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    I would argue that sugarfree syrup deserves its own category.

  • response to previous attempt United States Rob Birdsong

    Rob Birdsong

    The three record holders so far have all used Original syrups in the neighborhood of 2000-2500 calories per 24-ounce bottle.

  • response to previous attempt

    does it have to be a certain type of syrup? could it be sugarfree?

  • response to previous attempt

    Dan, you're an animal and I'm glad it came out of both ends because one is not enough.

  • response to previous attempt United States Danny Infinite

    Danny Infinite

    "See now there you have it, you're doing it all wrong. You've got to open your throat, relax the jaw... and don't forget to cup the balls."

  • response to previous attempt

    thats great...reminds me of super troopers

  • response to previous attempt Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Andy and Paddy, I salute you.

  • response to previous attempt United States Deborah Hampton

    Deborah Hampton

    awesome.

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