VIDEO: Five continents, four planes, two people and one day

If getting through an airport isn’t time consuming enough, a filmmaker and his Norwegian friend managed to pass through five airports - in five continents - in one day.

Round the world in 24 hours

Pictured from left: filmmaker Adrian Butterworth and travel junkie, Gunnar Garfors. Source:

We’ve all complained about a holiday that went by too quickly.

But not jet-setter Gunnar Garfors, who whisked himself and a filmmaker to five continents in one day to prove just how much of the world you can see in 24 hours, as long as you don’t stray far from an airport.

The 37-year old Norwegian invited his friend, filmmaker Adrian Butterworth to make a documentary on their whirlwind ‘continent run’ – with stops on the Asian side of Istanbul, Casablanca (Africa), Paris (Europe), Punta Cana (North America) and Caracus (South America).

The trip, on June 18, took 29 hours to complete, but with time zone changes the pair said they managed to do it within a day.

While there wasn’t much time for sightseeing on their tight schedule, they managed to leave the airports in all five countries and meet locals along the way.

“The outbound journey was relatively hectic, but it didn’t defeat the purpose of travel,” Mr Garfors wrote on his blog.

“Our trip saw us on four airplanes in less than 29 hours – just a little longer than going to Australia or New Zealand – helping us see five countries and continents along the way. And on the way back we travelled at a substantially slower speed, giving us time to enjoy each country.

“What I particularly liked was meeting locals that showed us “their real” country as opposed to relying on guidebooks.”

Mr Butterworth, producer at Bournemouth-based Adelia Television, describes his Norwegian friend – who came up with the idea – as an “extreme traveller” on a mission to visit every country in the world by the end of 2013.

Butterworth is working on a short documentary about their trip – and plans to release it later this year.

The Itinerary

  1. Istanbul (SAW) – Casablanca (CMN) – 01:10-04:10 – Air Arabia
  2. Casablanca (CMN) – Paris (CDG) – 07:35-11:35 – Air France
  3. Paris (CDG) – Punta Cana (PUJ) – 13:30-16:20 – Air France
  4. Punta Cana (PUJ) – Caracas (CCS) – 21:00-22:05 – GOL

What others have said

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