Russian traveler, Fyodor Konyukhov, 64 has just set a new world record for the faster balloon trip around the globe. The balloon was seen passing the Australian town of Northam on Saturday, exactly the same place where the trip started on July 12, according to ABC, the local broadcaster.
It took the Russian traveler only 11 days and six hours to travel around the world, Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg couldn’t even dream about such adventure!
But Russian adventurer wasn’t the first one to accomplish such a trip, there were totally three people who were brave enough to make a non stop balloon trip around the world and only one of them was solo. The first adventurers were Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones to fly around the globe in 1999 in just 19 days. The second traveler was Steve Fossett, who was the first solo traveler to fly around the world in the balloon for only 13 days in 2002.
Konyukhov flight road started in Australia, followed by crossing the Pacific Ocean and the Southern Ocean. He crossed New Zealand, South America and The Cape of Good Hope, crossed the borders of Antarctica and safely returned to Australia.
Fedor Konyukhov, who also is Orthodox priest, ordained in 2010, has already rowed across the Atlantic, climbed Everest and sailed around the world three times.