British-born James Asquith was still 24 years old when he was bestowed as the youngest person to travel to all sovereign countries by Guinness World Records and he has retained the title ever since.
During his journey to break the record, from July 4, 2008 to July 8, 2013, he visited 196 countries, including Indonesia.
“It feels amazing to have the Guinness World Records, but very surreal,” he told The Jakarta Post via email. “I’ve been to every country in the world, but what is a country? A man-made border. There’s so much more of the world to discover and I keep on exploring every time I travel which is amazing.”
During his visit to Indonesia, Asquith traveled to several provinces, including Bali and Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara. He described his experience in those provinces in his book, Breaking Borders: Travels in Pursuit of an Impossible Records.
after a brief stop through the heaving heavyweight city of Jakarta, it was a complete contrast to visit the Gili Islands, where there were no cars. None at all,” he wrote. “[…] but the destination that really enticed me was Bali. Quite simply paradise, and it was understandable why this has become a top destination for travelers.”