At 24 years (and 192 days) old, James Asquith became the youngest person to set foot in all 195 countries.
Though Asquith grew up with a fervent love for travel—thanks largely to his father, a pilot—he had only been on a handful of trips as a child living in London. When he turned 18, a gap year to Southeast Asia with friends ultimately helped this love become an obsession.
"I didn't think I would pick up the travel bug so massively, but as soon as I returned home from that trip, I booked my first solo adventure," he explains. Over the five years that followed that first trip, he visited every other sovereign country in the world, spending months in some and mere hours in others (on a few occasions, he managed to check off five countries in a single day). "I never started traveling with the goal of breaking a travel record, and even when I had visited 100 countries, this still wasn't the goal. I just loved the journey."
Since he collected his Guinness World Record in 2013, Asquith has transformed into a travel authority of sorts and penned a book all about finding fulfillment on the road. Here are some of his top tips for making 2018 a year of epic adventure.