James Asquith (born 30th December, 1988) is a British traveller, author and investment banker. He's the official Guinness record holder for being the youngest person to visit every sovereign country in the world. Asquith was 24 years and 192 days old when he entered his final country, Federated States of Micronesia, on 8 July 2013. There are officially 193 United Nations countries in the world.
Asquith began his travels during his Bachelors degree at the London School of Economics in 2007. He began by volunteering in Southern Vietnam, and then travelled to every country in the world over
the next 5 years.
After completing his travels, Asquith wrote a book documenting his journey to every country in the world, titled ‘Breaking Borders - Travels in Pursuit of an Impossible Record’. The book broke the top 10 in travel literature on Amazon.
Asquith has worked for major banks including HSBC, Deutsche Bank, and SMBC Nikko, and is currently the CEO at Holiday Swap, which allows users to match up and swap their accommodation anywhere in the world.
“Space travel was once considered an impossible feat, and putting a man on the moon was largely improbable. Visiting Mars is currently the most ambitious and doubted frontier facing mankind. Having people doubt grand plans is nothing new and we will all experience it, but those who will be remembered are the people that overcome the issues and pursue their dreams. When I first came up with the idea that I wanted to visit every country in the world, the logic and safety of the journey were easy to pick holes in. The biggest element of anyone’s dreams that people judging from the outside, inwards, cannot fathom, is the tenacity, passion and determination to achieve ones dreams. For those who are always pushing the boundaries and discovering new places, the prospect of colonising Mars is not a dream, but our reality of a new and exciting frontier. Mars is not a case of if, but when.”