Gap year taxi breaks world record

25th Nov 2011
Written by: Mary Short

Gap year taxi breaks world record

Three British adventurers on their gap year have broken the Guinness World Record for the longest ever taxi journey, clocking up 32,000 miles in a 10-month adventure.

Paul Archer (24), Johno Ellison (28) and Leigh Purnell (24) set off in February 2011 in a journey that spanned 41 countries and three continents.

They started off in the UK and travelled through Europe, Russia, the Middle East, India, China and South East Asia with their final destination Sydney, Australia.

Their round the world trip is all in the aid of charity and they aim to raise £20,000 for the Red Cross.

If the taxi meter had been running it would have cost the trio an estimated £54,000.

Mr Archer, of Cirencester, Gloucestershire, said they came up with the idea on a night out.

He said: “We were in a taxi and it seemed like the longest journey ever. We decided to check out what the longest taxi ride was and break it.

"Failure wasn’t really an option, we’ve thrown everything we had into this, everything we own and everything emotionally."

Have you got any crazy plans for your gap year? What have been some of your adventures whilst you've backpacking and travelling?

Another recent epic journey was that of Richard Puchalka and Andrzej Staszek who completed the Mongol rally. They travelled 10,000 miles in 41 days and it's a great feature, so make sure you give it a read.

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