London-An Englishman may be the youngest person ever to travel to all of the world’s 196 internationally recognised countries.

James Asquith, 24, began travelling while he was a student in 2008, and has since accumulated a full range of passport stamps.

Despite his youth, he has been in no rush, with his only goal being to tick off every country before he was 25. “Vietnam was the first independent country I went to and I spent nearly three months there,” he said. “I also spent about five months in the US and Canada, getting to 27 states from Hawaii to Alaska.”

He estimates his total expenditure during his voyage at £125,000, which he part-funded by taking jobs in bars and hostels as he travelled.

“I loved the adrenaline that went with it - but I always seemed to pick the worst timing to visit a lot of the countries,” he said. “I went to Libya three weeks after Gaddafi fell, Afghanistan two weeks after the terrorist bombings in Mazar-i-Sharif, but generally I just found a local and tried to get an insight into each country.

“The longest I spent anywhere was six months in Africa. I travelled overland from Senegal to the Congo and then over back up through the east.

“There were lots of small countries and tricky border crossings, [and I was] putting trust in some people that drove me as much as three countries a time.”

Since returning home to Stevenage, James says his wanderlust is far from satisfied.