First solo circumnavigation by aircraft without refuelling – Among American Steve Fossett's multiple world records are five nonstop circumnavigations of Earth -- as a balloonist, sailor and pilot. In 2005, it took him just 67 hours and one minute to fly around the globe nonstop in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer aircraft, starting and finishing at Salina, Kansas.
First and fastest circumnavigation by car – In 1989, husband and wife Saloo and Neena Choudhury traveled over six continents by car in 69 days, 19 hours and 15 minutes. The couple drove a 1989 Hindustan "Contessa Classic," starting and finishing in Delhi, India.
First person to sail around the world (solo and nonstop) – Robin Knox-Johnston was the first person to sail around the world solo and without stopping. He departed from Falmouth, England, in June 1968 as a participant in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. By the time he returned to Falmouth in April 1969, he was the only remaining competitor.
Fastest circumnavigation sailing monohull solo (40-foot class) – China's Guo Chuan looked up to Knox-Johnston (also pictured) as his mentor. In 2013 Chuan sailed single-handedly around the world in a 40-foot-long monohull in 137 days, 20 hours and just under 2 minutes.
Fastest circumnavigation via both poles by helicopter – Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill circumnavigated the world via the North and South Poles in 170 days, 22 hours and 47 minutes by helicopter. The journey started and finished in Fort Worth, Texas, and was completed in May 2007.
Fastest circumnavigation by bicycle (male) – In 2010, Alan Bate cycled 29,467.91 kilometers (18,310 miles) in 125 days, 21 hours and 45 minutes. The journey started and finished at the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
Oldest female to sail single-handedly around the world – Jeanne Socrates was 70 years and 325 days old when in 2013 she completed a solo, unassisted and nonstop circumnavigation of the world in her 38-foot monohull "Nereida."
First inland circumnavigation of the Greenland ice cap – Dixie Dansercoer and Eric McNair-Landry accomplished this feat in 2014. Their 4,045-kilometer trip was kite-supported, and passed both the world's largest island and second largest ice body.
First circumnavigation via poles, surface – Sir Ranulph Fiennes (right, with Guinness World Records' Craig Glenday) and Charles Burton completed the first surface navigation via both geographical poles. They completed their trip in August 1982.
First individual circumnavigation of the globe using human power – In 2007, Jason Lewis completed the first ever circumnavigation of the Earth without wind or motor assistance. Lewis' 13-year journey -- Expedition 360 -- saw him walking, cycling and inline skating across five continents, and kayaking, swimming, rowing and pedaling a boat across the rivers, seas, and oceans. He covered a total of 74,843 kilometers (46,505 miles).
First solo circumnavigation of the globe using human power – Erden Eruc also circumvented the world using only human power, though he completed the trip solo, without any assistance. He rowed, kayaked, hiked and cycled his way around the world. The journey lasted five years, 11 days, 12 hours and 22 minutes and was completed in 2012.
Youngest person to fly solo around the world – Matthew Guthmiller was 19 when, in 1994, he flew around the Earth's circumference. The journey took him seven months and 15 days.
First circumnavigation by solar-powered boat – The MS Turanor PlanetSolar circumnavigated the world in a westward direction from Monaco in one year, seven months and seven days, operating on solar power only. The trip was completed in 2012.
First circumnavigation by walking – The first person reputed to have walked round the world is George Matthew Schilling, from 1897 to 1904. The first verified achievement was by David Kunst, from June 1970 to October 1974. Dunst (right, with his brother Peter) walked 23,255 kilometers (14,450 miles) through four continents.
First circumnavigation by aircraft – The earliest flight around the world was by two U.S. Army Douglas DWC seaplanes in 1924. The "Chicago" was piloted by Lieutenant Lowell H. Smith (left) and Lieutenant Leslie P. Arnold (second from left), and the "New Orleans" by Lieutenant Erik H. Nelson and Lieutenant John Harding. Their flying time for the 42,398-kilometer trip was 371 hours and 11 minutes.
Fastest circumnavigation by passenger aircraft – The fastest circumnavigation by passenger aircraft was undertaken by an Air France Concorde, and took 31 hours and 27 minutes. The aircraft was flown by Captains Michel Dupont and Claude Hetru in 1995. There were 80 passengers and 18 crew on board.