Day 175: Tomorrow Never Comes


The boat did not come in last night. It will not be leaving today. It’s been three weeks since I arrived here. Three weeks out of the fifty-two that I have to get to every country on Earth. Should I just give up? Come home? Is there any point in going on?

I’m not going to get to the remaining 110 countries in the time I’ve got left. But I’m beyond the point of no return. I’ve got no choice but to go on. A fruitless task. Tilting at windmills. Maybe I’ll write my memoirs of this journey and call it THE EPIC FAIL. Maybe that’s what we should call the television show.

I’d make more money for WaterAid climbing into a bath of baked beans. Nobody knows what I’m doing, I couldn’t even capitalise on the fact I was arrested and the media coverage I received. These blogs probably won’t be read by anyone until July. I’m as demoralised as demoralised can be and my contact with the outside world has been shut off.

I don’t know who to trust, who can help me, who can’t. You know what? I never thought I’d say this, but I’m beginning to miss The Caribbean. When they said the boat was leaving tomorrow, it left tomorrow..

Tomorrow is an abstract concept. It just means some indeterminable time in the future. I need help, but I don’t know where to turn.

Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes is a British adventurer, presenter, filmmaker and author. He is the only person to have travelled to every country in the world without flying. From 2014 to 2017 he lived off-grid on a private island that he won in a game show, before returning to the UK to campaign for a better future for the generations to come.

This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. GHH..."pops".

    Hello there, Ace explorers like you never and can’t stop. Keep going on your fantasmogorical odyssey. There will be other highs and lows before you finish
    but…”nil illegitimi carborundum”. Bon chance mon fils. Over and out.

  2. danny

    never give up – you have the chance to join the ranks of the great british explorers!

  3. Mark


    Chin up Graham.. its only 3 weeks. This can still be done. I am sure your luck will turn around for you soon. Africa man! Nothing ever goes on time. If they say tomorrow, it actually means about a week, generally speaking. African time is something to behold.

    Anyways, dont give up! Stilla worthy thing you are doing. Colleen and I are still rooting for ya’.

    Mark Beck

  4. brojon

    so you wanna leave paradise, eh? my suggestion is to get on one of those blue and white inter-island steamers and head to cv’s second city of Mindelo on Sao Vicente. Mindelo’s harbor is full of European yachts…no doubt with a little bit of schmoozing you’ll find passage to your next adventure.

  5. pintobitters


    -Graham on a Twiitter 7-1-09 post

    Yeah, I think Napoleon said the exact same thing during his 300 day exile on Elba…During these months, partly to pass the time and partly out of a genuine concern for the well-being of the people, he carried out a series of economic and social reforms to improve the quality of life on Elba.

  6. João Marcelo

    Dude, I actually live in CV and just found out about your troubles… I am so sorry for you!Cant you hitch a ride on a boat for the Canaries?

    Anyway, I hope you are able to finish the trip… you still have 200 days to go (according to the bar on top of the blog) and is under the “2 days per country” limit… Soldier on, mate! Good Luck!

  7. Alex

    I will meet you in Auckland for a beer, feb 28th 2010.

    Everybody believes in you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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