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.