British YouTube star Simon Wilson visits Seven Wonders of the World – in seven days

Wonder-lust! British traveller flies 30,000 miles across five continents to visit Seven Wonders of the World – in seven days (and he only ate in-flight meals)

  • Simon Wilson, from Wrexham, began his epic journey on a Sunday with a 4.45am flight from Manchester 
  • His first stop was the Colosseum in Rome – but he didn’t linger. He spent just two hours there
  • After that he went to the pyramids, Petra, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall and then Chichén Itzá 
  • His final stop was the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, which he reached the following Saturday

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A British traveller has sated his wonder-lust – by seeing Seven Wonders of the World in seven days.

At a total cost of around £6,000, YouTube star Simon Wilson jetted to the Colosseum in Rome, the Great Pyramid of Giza, Petra in Jordan, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Chichén Itzá in Mexico, the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal in India in six days, nine hours and three minutes.

That’s five continents in the space of a week. Simon told MailOnline Travel that at the end he felt ‘absolutely exhausted’ He said: ‘I didn’t have any proper sleep for a week and ate only airplane in-flight meals.’

YouTube star Simon Wilson jetted to the Colosseum in Rome, the Great Pyramid of Giza, Petra in Jordan, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Chichén Itzá in Mexico, the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal in India in six days, nine hours and three minutes

Simon told MailOnline Travel that at the end he felt 'absolutely exhausted' He said: 'I didn’t have any proper sleep for a week and ate only airplane in-flight meals.' Here he is at the Colosseum

Simon told MailOnline Travel that at the end he felt ‘absolutely exhausted’ He said: ‘I didn’t have any proper sleep for a week and ate only airplane in-flight meals.’ Here he is at the Colosseum

Here’s Simon at the pyramids in Egypt. He spent just five hours in a hotel before visiting the site

Simon, from Wrexham, who has a huge online following, took one backpack containing his camera equipment and ‘a few of boxers and a couple of T-shirts’.

He began his epic journey on Sunday, July 28, with a 4.45am flight from Manchester Airport to Rome to see the Colosseum, which dates to 70AD.

But he didn’t have much time to admire it – just two hours.

Then he zipped off to Egypt to take in the pyramids.

Again, no time to linger – he spent just five hours in a hotel before gawping at the epic structures.

Simon said that Petra was his favourite, partly because he had a great night's sleep in a cave

Simon said that Petra was his favourite, partly because he had a great night’s sleep in a cave

The heat at the Taj Mahal was stifling. Simon said: 'I've been to many hot countries in summer but I’ve never felt heat like that. I was drenched in an hour. It made me feel ill'

The heat at the Taj Mahal was stifling. Simon said: ‘I’ve been to many hot countries in summer but I’ve never felt heat like that. I was drenched in an hour. It made me feel ill’

Simon reached the Great Wall on day five. Needless to say, Simon wasn't able to linger at any of the sights he visited

Simon reached the Great Wall on day five. Needless to say, Simon wasn’t able to linger at any of the sights he visited

The Mayan city of Chichén Itzá in Mexico was Simon's penultimate seventh wonder

The Mayan city of Chichén Itzá in Mexico was Simon’s penultimate seventh wonder

Mission possible: Simon at the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro on day seven

Mission possible: Simon at the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro on day seven

SIMON’S ITINERARY 

Day 1 Manchester to Rome – 1,300 miles.

Day 2 Rome to Egypt – 1,468 miles.

Day 3 Egypt to Jordan – 470 miles.

Day 4 Jordan to the Taj Mahal – 2,500 miles.

Day 5 Delhi to the Great Wall – 2,270 miles. 

Day 6 Beijing to Chichén Itzá – 9,340 miles.

Day 7 To the Christ the Redeemer statue – 3,900 miles.

Then home to Manchester – 9,300 miles. 

Total cost: £6,000. 

Next up? Jordan and the jaw-dropping archaeological site of Petra, which was built around 300 BC.

You may know it from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

His accommodation in Jordan was extremely basic – a £41-a-night cave.

Simon said: ‘Petra was my favourite. It was special place plus I had the best night sleep ever in that cave.’

The Taj Mahal in India, the world’s most famous mausoleum, was next on his itinerary. To reach it, on day four of his odyssey, he needed to take two flights – then endure a four-hour cab ride.

The heat at the site was intense – a stifling 42 centigrade, according to The Sun.

Simon said: ‘I’ve been to many hot countries in summer but I’ve never felt heat like that. I was drenched in an hour. It made me feel ill.’ 

It took workers around 20 years to complete the incredible building.

Simon spent just 60 minutes there.

Three more wonders to go and the clock was ticking.

The hardy adventurer ticked off the Great Wall of China next, after a flight to Beijing and a £125 return cab ride, then the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá in Mexico, and finally, at 1.48pm on the Saturday after he left Manchester, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.

Phew!


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