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This man visited TWELVE countries in just 24 hours in a record-breaking trip across Europe @ 8:04 pm On May 31, 2016
by Mvpkunle - (Lientenant)

A solo-traveller has set a new world record for the most countries visited in 24 hours after crossing the border into his final destination with just minutes to spare.

Beginning in at 7.01am in Perl in Germany on May 25, Adam Leyton passed through Luxembourg, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary before crossing the border into Austria.

The father-of-three was forced to run the final 2km of his journey in order to make it into his 12th country before the end of his 24-hour deadline. But it was all worth it as the family-man managed to raise close to £1,000 for charity.


Adam Leyton, 39, from Horsforth in Leeds relaxes after setting a new world record with the most countries visited in a 24 hour period


Beginning in at 7.01am in Perl in Germany on May 25, Adam Leyton passed through Luxembourg, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary before crossing the border into Austria


The father-of-three from Leeds takes a selfie in Germany, the first leg of his attempt to break the world record with the most countries visited in a 24 hour period

The 39-year-old from Leeds first came up with the idea after spotting a similar story about three men who broke the world record for the most countries visited in a single day by car in February 2015.

But it wasn't until January this year that he start thinking about planning routes.

By March he had come up with a viable route that would allow him to break the world record.
He said: 'When I spotted Malmo was only 10 minutes from Copenhagen by train it all came into place and this was the moment I thought it was possible.

'I originally wanted to do it on June 23 - the date of the EU referendum - but because train timetables in Europe change on June 10 I had to bring it forward to make sure I could plan it properly.'

Leyton strategically chose the small German town of Perl to start as it's situated just over the river from Schengen in Luxembourg - the town where the agreement for passport-free travel in Europe was signed.

He said: 'I started in Perl as it is just over the river from Schengen and with the EU referendum coming up I thought it was a good place to start and I wanted to see as much of Europe I could in one day before the referendum.'


Leyton strategically chose the German town of Perl to start as it's situated just over the river from Schengen in Luxembourg (pictured) - the town where the agreement for passport-free travel in Europe was signed


The internet entrepreneur managed to get off to a flying start by hitting four countries in just 74 minutes, covering France (pictured) and Belgium in quick succession after his trip to Luxembourg


Minutes later, Leyton crossed over from France into Belgium, the fourth leg of his journey across Europe


The internet entrepreneur managed to get off to a flying start by hitting four countries in just 74 minutes, covering France and Belgium in quick succession after his trip to Luxembourg. He then flew to Amsterdam, where he took a connecting flight to Copenhagen before crossing Oresund Bridge, which connects the Danish capital with Malmo in Sweden.

Leyton then returned to Copenhagen to board a flight Warsaw, arriving in the Polish capital just after 8 pm.
He only managed to grab two hours of sleep during the epic trip by napping on a night train between Warsaw and Bratislava in Slovakia. But to make sure he set foot in every country, Leyton had to hop on and off the train in the Czech Republic to ensure all 12 were ticked off.

The record breaker said: 'I had a couchette for the night and had the adrenaline not been pumping then I would probably have got a good night's sleep but I was just worried that I wouldn't wake up in the Czech Republic.'


He then flew to Amsterdam, where he took a connecting flight to Copenhagen before crossing Oresund Bridge, which connects the Danish capital with Malmo (pictured) in Sweden



Leyton then returned to Copenhagen to board a flight Warsaw (pictured above), arriving in the Polish capital just after 8 pm

Having safely navigated the Czech Republic, Leyton reached Slovakia at around 5.45am and took the bus to the Hungarian border, which he reached at 6.38am.

This left him with just 23 minutes to cover the 2km to the Austria border on foot as he was only allowed to complete the journey via plane, bus, trains or on foot. Luckily, he successfully reached Szobor sculpture park, where Austria meets Slovakia and Hungary, with just seven minutes to spare.

Leyton recalled: 'When I got there I was absolutely elated. I had tears in my eyes as it was something I had been thinking about for months. 'I spent about an hour and a half at the sculpture park, calling my wife, kids and my mum.

'My world was spinning I was that tired, I thought I knew what being tired was all about with three kids under eight, but I was wrong.'

While the journey was mostly smooth, there were some hiccups.


To make sure he set foot in every country, Leyton had to hop on and off the train in the Czech Republic (pictured) to ensure all 12 were ticked off


Having safely navigated the Czech Republic, Leyton reached Slovakia (pictured) at around 5.45am


Leyton booked as much of his trip in advance as he could but some of his attempts to buy tickets on the ground proved more difficult than he anticipated.

He said: 'I went to a shop in Luxembourg and asked for a train ticket for the next day and was sold a mobile phone top up card. My GCSE French was obviously a bit rubbish.'

The extraordinary journey was to raise money for Sands, a charity which offers support to people affected by the death of a baby before, during, or shortly after birth.

Leyton's sister Gemma, 31, lost her baby daughter Tilly Rose just five days before she was due to be born.
He explained: 'With the EU referendum on June 23, it seemed the perfect time to see how much of Europe I could see in a day.
I'm delighted to have raised more than £900 for Sands and would love to get that over the £1,000 mark.

'The support Sands gave to my sister and her family was incredible. This was my way of saying thank you to them.'
The previous world record, set in 1993, saw 11 countries hit in 24 hours, and now Adam is waiting for Guinness World Records to verify his achievement.


He then took the bus to the Hungarian border, which he reached at 6.38am. Above, Leyton is pictured at the border crossing


After reaching Hungary, the record breaker had just 23 minutes to cover the 2km to the Austria border on foot but he makes it with just seven minutes to spare

Re: This man visited TWELVE countries in just 24 hours in a record-breaking trip across Europe @ 7:42 am On Dec 05, 2016
by mysticgal1 - (Lientenant)

Mvpkunle how can I contact you?

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