Wings Around The World
Erika Owen
August 29, 2016

Eighteen-year-old Lachlan Smart has probably traveled to more places than you have. And, just to rub it in a little more, he flew himself all around the world.

Smart is the youngest pilot to fly around the world. He flew 27,961 miles in a single-engine airplane, a feat that took him 54 days.

The teenager started his trip at Queensland's Maroochydore Airport, and touched back down last Saturday morning after visiting 24 cities in 15 different countries. The previous record holder was Matt Guthmiller, a 19-year-old who completed a similar trip in 2014.

Smart conquered horrid weather—even flying through the aftermath of a hurricane between California and Hawaii—and communicating with overseas air traffic control to make it back home safely.

He documented some of the stunning views he was able to enjoy on his Instagram account:


What did you think Egypt looked like? #WATW

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Shower time!! #watw #fromwhereyoudratherbe

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Two world record holders - thanks @ryan.campbell13 for coming up to the homecoming #watw

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Erika Owen is the Senior Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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