Guinness record holders make fifth trip to Oman

Muscat - 

Multiple Guinness World record holding Swiss couple Emil and Liliana Schmid, who have been travelling the world in their car for nearly 28 years, visited Oman for the fifth time last month.

“We first came in 1978, six years before we started touring the world and from that point onwards we have been fascinated with Oman,” said Emil. “And when we began our world tour, we wanted to come back again and again. Before this we came to Oman in 1994, 1996 and 1999.”

Record holders for the longest driven journey (28 years), the most kilometres driven in a journey (665,712km), and the most countries visited in a single car (173), the Schmids embarked on their journey on October 16, 1984 in their 1982 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60.

“Oman has changed since our last visit. It's beginning to resemble Europe,” Emil said. “We were surprised to see tourists in big coaches. It’s such a beautiful country and attracts many tourists, and it’s definitely a popular destination among Swiss holidaymakers these days.”

Liliana explained that the point of their journey was not to set multiple world records. “We don’t visit countries just to tick them off on a list. We take our time and really get a feel of the place. What we love about Oman is that it has maintained its culture. We keep coming back because we see real tradition and people still live the traditional way. We also find Oman to be very safe,” she said.

Having stayed in Oman from January 28 to February 29, the couple plans to visit Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia after travelling through Iran.

“We’re currently in the process of obtaining Russian visas. After the Eurasia trip, we plan to visit few African countries like Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti,” Emil said.

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