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Globe-trotter looks beyond pandemic era

Travel ‘addict’ forges ahead while others see a shuttered world

James Asquith, record-setting globe-trotter and founder of travel startup Holiday Swap, moves trough yet another airport in August. The pandemic, he says, might force people to "reassess why they travel, where they go, and why.” 

BANGKOK -- Where to go next, when flights resume and borders reopen? And what will it be like to travel in the new normal, however that shapes up? If anyone knows the answers to these questions, it is record-setting global wanderer James Asquith.

Barely out of college, and intrigued by an initial trip through Southeast Asia in 2008, Asquith spent the next five years circling the globe, leaving no country untouched. In 2013, at the age of 24, he became the youngest person certified by the Guinness World Records to have visited all 193 member states of the United Nations.

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