11/08/2012 09:07 am ET Updated Jan 08, 2013

Travel World Records: Can You Break One?

It's not enough for some people to just see the world. Certain individuals feel compelled to see the world in faster, longer, tougher, crazier ways. As I write this, two English guys are puttering across five continents in their attempt to break the world's record for longest tuk-tuk ride. Austrian Felix Baumgartner broke three world records in his recent skydive from 24 miles above Earth.

Not to brag, but I personally hold a rather bad-ass (but sadly unrecognized) world record for 'Most countries visited without vomiting', which currently stands at 47 over an uninterrupted 19 year period. (It would be 48 countries if not for an extravagant case of food poisoning in Essaouira, Morocco in 1993.)

All this liveliness and debatable sanity isn't really a surprise given that the urge to break world records transcends all activities and disciplines - so why not travel? With unlimited time and money, one could conceivably break just about any travel world record, but what about the rest of us? Here are a few well-documented travel world records that anyone with the proper resolve and/or high-functioning psychoses could break.

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