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Brit sets world record by visiting every world wonder in less than a week

Ali Condon

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A Brit has set a new Guinness World Record after visiting all seven Wonders of the World in just under seven days.

Jamie McDonald, who goes by 'Adventureman' online, was challenged to visit the modern Wonders of the World in record time with the help of travel technology company Travelport.

To be exact, it took Jamie just six days, 16 hours, and 14 minutes to see the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, Petra, the Colosseum, Christ the Redeemer, Machu Picchu, and ChichénItzá Itzá.

Jamie McDonald saw all seven Wonders of the World in under seven days. Credit: Instagram/@adventureman
Jamie McDonald saw all seven Wonders of the World in under seven days. Credit: Instagram/@adventureman
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The trip saw Jamie travel across four continents, land in nine countries, take 13 flights, ride in 16 taxis, nine buses, four trains, and one toboggan, and cover about 22,856 miles.

And now I hope he's having a well deserved lie-down.

Jamie started his journey at the Great Wall of China, leaving via toboggan before setting off to India to check out the Taj Mahal.

The Brit then flew to Jordan and got a bus to the ancient city of Petra, the landscape of which was made even more famous from its appearance in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

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From there, the 'Adventureman' flew to Rome to see the famous Colosseum before heading out to Brazil to see Christ the Redeemer, the world's largest art deco statue.

Finally, he ticked off Machu Picchu in Peru and before finishing at ChichénItzá Itzá in Mexico, wrapping up his trip nicely in just over six days.

Jamie was challenged by Travelport to put their Travelport+ platform to the test and help him make the complex trip feel like a breeze.

The trip saw Jamie travel across four continents and land in nine countries.Credit: Instagram/@adventureman
The trip saw Jamie travel across four continents and land in nine countries.Credit: Instagram/@adventureman
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But the main motivator for Jamie's record-breaking trip was to raise money for his charity, the Superhero Foundation.

for the first nine years of his life, Jamie was in and out of hospital with a rare spinal condition called syringomyelia.

In 2012, he started raising money to give back to those hospitals that did so much for him.

He did that by setting himself intense challenges, like cycling 14,000 miles from Bangkok to Gloucester, or running 5,000 miles across Canada without a support crew, or beating the Guinness World Record for time spent cycling non-stop on a static bike - he did that for a whopping 12 days.

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Four years ago, he broke yet another Guinness World Record for covering the most miles on a treadmill in seven days.

In total, he ran 524 miles that week - that's the equivalent of around three marathons per day.

So it's safe to say that this dude was well familiar with what it takes to smash a record or two.

Jamie's record-breaking trip was to raise money for his charity, the Superhero Foundation. Credit: Travelport/YouTube
Jamie's record-breaking trip was to raise money for his charity, the Superhero Foundation. Credit: Travelport/YouTube
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Commenting on his latest challenge, the Pride of Britain winner said: "In my previous adventures, I've run solo across America (the equivalent of 210 marathons) and have cycled 22,000 kilometers from Thailand to the United Kingdom, and yet, this was certainly my most complex, complicated trip yet.

"With travel, there are just so many variables - weather, restrictions, delays, customs, traffic, cancellations, you name it. When you're attempting to set a world record, speed and agility are absolutely key. There was no other partner besides Travelport that could've made this all possible."

Topics: Travel, Guinness World Record, UK News

Ali Condon
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