In August 2002 two travel-crazy Kiwis set off to set a world record for the shortest time taken to travel to 191 countries in 167 days - and they succeeded. The times – during his 167 day attempt. He used 104 airlines, sat on 54 planes, boarded 242 flights, entered 191 airports and spent 417 hours in the air since departing Auckland on 28 August 2002. These were all new world marks for a single journey and he showed painstaking patience in waiting 576 hours – or 24 days at airports and stations.
With his cousin Bougen crossed the equator 9 times and booked into 114 different hotels. The arduous journey was a logistical nightmare to put together and a true character test Bougen said. Their trip cost them NZ$350,000 which they met themselves and through help from the Flight Centre, Vodaphone and Mike Henry Travel Insurance.
Working with Save the Children John travelled around the world and photographed a child in every country he visited. Sometimes sad and moving and sometimes funny, his latest book, to be released in October 2003, shares the dreams of children all around the world. Throughout their 169day tour they used their profile to highlight inequalities for children and ‘Save The Children’s’ work worldwide. Bougen, an Auckland businessman who is most famous for setting up Dress-Smart factory outlet malls took a photograph and asked a child in every country “What is your Dream?’ All profits from this book will go the Save the Children New Zealand.