Graham David Hughes was born in Liverpool at the wrong end of the seventies. If you had to define in a sentence what drives him perhaps it’s the desire that years from now schoolchildren across the land will be required to learn his date of birth.

From an early age Graham has stood out from the crowd. With his striking auburn hair and encyclopaedic knowledge of smutty jokes he was always going to be noticed and he has grown up into a person that once you meet him, he’s hard to forget.

Madcap Schemes

Graham has always had a plan to make his mark and has always has a madcap scheme or three in the offing — once he finds something he wants to do he sets about it wholeheartedly. He is the one shouting the loudest, his hand is up highest, he is the squeaky wheel after the oil. He is a keen reader, and has a range of knowledge that includes (but goes way beyond) current affairs and copious amounts of pop culture. If you’re ever at a house party with him, be prepared to find yourself deep in conversation about anything from the Crab Nebula to the politics of modern Africa to the films of Akira Kurosawa, via Jabba the Hutt, monkey butlers and Viz Magazine.

Travel & Cinema

Graham’s major passions are travel and cinema, both were cultivated from childhood. He was in Eastern Europe as the map was redrawn after the end of the cold war, and partook in some eccentric summer holidays road-tripping in a Cadillac through the country lanes of Wales. Since leaving Manchester University with a degree in Politics and Modern History, Graham has taken in more of the world – single-handedly travelling around the world in 2002, and picking up his sassy Aussie girlfriend Mandy along the way. A trip to Serbia’s Exit Festival in 2007 took in Albania, Bosnia and Kosovo (amongst others) on a meandering return leg, bringing his ‘country tally’ up to a total of 70.

Music Videos

Since returning to Liverpool, Graham has devoted his time to a number of enterprises, specifically his company, Hydra Studios. With Hydra he has written and directed a number of excellent short films and won the inaugural Liverpool 48 Hour Film Challenge in 2006. From 2002-2008 he was heavily involved in the Liverpool Music Scene, shooting or producing videos for Hot Club De Paris, The Dead 60’s, The Basement, (We are) Performance, Peter And The Wolf, Lyons And Tigers, China Crisis, The Coral, The Real Kicks, The Sonic Hearts, Metro Manila Aide, Kaya, The White Rose Movement and filming for the release of the Arctic Monkeys second album, Favourite Worst Nightmare. He has also written numerous treatments for larger film projects and has developed scripts with the support of the UK Film Council.

Plunging Headfirst

Graham-Hughes-Pink-TeeNever one for the ‘normal’ 9 to 5 lifestyle, Graham can normally be found beavering away on a project or painting the town red. Or (more typically) both at the same time. He is at his best with a deadline and a plan of how to get it done. Forever plunging headfirst into new experiences — he’s the guy who always says ‘yes’ and then worries about how he’s going to do it afterwards. Anywhere he lays his head is home for the night. It is this spontaneous and unpredictable attitude that has shaped his life so far, given him some of his funniest stories and his incredibly eclectic group of friends.

THE ODYSSEY EXPEDITION is the culmination of his decade-long dream to travel to every country in the world, set a new world record, raise money for a worthy cause and entertain people along the way.  Christ knows he’s been banging on about it long enough.

– Dino Deasha, December 2008

This Post Has 114 Comments

  1. a

    how the hell you managed to get in Iraq, Afghanistan, and North Korea?

  2. Mahmud

    Awesome stuff. You are a superhero and super inspriation to me. Hope to do something at least 10% awesome someday.

  3. Ros Boutin

    Well done Graham!

  4. Jay Othmane

    Hello Sir

    Well to make it short am planning to do a trip to Cape Verde down in december and honestly i found the only way is to go on a boat since i ever don’t have that kind of money for the plane ticket and basicly i want to ask how to make it not illegal i mean i tought i go with same way not with fisherman but with some kind of cruises or something and first foot there to get my visa i mean that’s what i tought until i saw your vlog

    Please reply
    Thanks in advance

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  6. Gokhan

    I’m following your steps 🙂

  7. its really amazing one.keep posting this type of articles its really supppperrrr…..

  8. Trish


    I’m impressed and inspired, I’m at 75 countries to date and now making plans for more – thanks, love what you did!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Jaas

      go for it

  9. Kai

    Well Done, Sir Graham!! I knew a British human would do this. You sir, are a global citizen for the ages. Brilliant!!

  10. Queenie

    I have meet Graham in person in 2010 while traveling on the ferry boat with my son jay and joy from Sandakan East Malaysia to Zamboanga Philippines….He’s very friendly and nice fellow…Congratulations Graham well done…

  11. biga

    well you miss one Puerto Rico you have to start all over again

  12. Ruby

    and indeed you are my idol now! i wish to see you in person! lolz!

  13. Ruby

    wow i admire you visiting all those is my dream to travel around the globe as well..wish to win the lottery to make it all come true..yay! all the best to you! just wondering how did you finance your travels…safe trips to you!

  14. lolo

    I am so glad there were so many (likely) poor people to help you along the way. Sacrificing their time, gas, food for you to come home and make millions off of tv, book and movie deals! Kudos. I hope part of that advance goes towards your charity.. Perhaps a direct donation as opposed to crowd sourcing.

  15. Nitin

    it is an amazing feat, a true inspiration to every one who wants to go out there and see the world.
    I just wanted to ask didn’t your Passport filled up, how did U manage the pages of passport for visas, were they enough or you got a new passport?

    thanks & regards

  16. Aamir Khan

    Congratulations. I am so Looking forward to your travel story. Must be a great experience especially when you spent four days in a leaky boat… man that’s thrilling.
    Aamir Khan

  17. Aamir Khan

    Congratulations on your record. Looking forward to your travel story. Must be a great experience especially when you spent four days in a leaky boat… man that’s thrilling.
    Aamir Khan

  18. Carl

    Greets from Malta 🙂 would be interesting to hear how did you get from Italy to Malta to Tunisia
    its in inspiring collection of adventure


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