These Guys Just Racked Up A $129,000 Fare On The Longest And Most Expensive Taxi Ride In History

taxi ride

Photo: Johno Ellison/Facebook

If you think your rush hour taxi commute is bad, think again.Johno Ellison, Paul Archer, and Leigh Purnell, three college friends from Birmingham’s Aston University, just completed a 15-month journey around the world that helped them break the record for the most expensive and the longest taxi cab ride in history, according to The Daily Mail.

The friends traveled in their cab, Hannah, across four continents and 50 countries, also breaking the record for reaching the highest point ever reached by a taxi when arriving at Mount Everest’s base camp. Total cab fare on the meter: $129,000. Total distance: 43,000 miles.

Along the way, Ellison, Archer, and Purnell all had to dig Hannah out from a mudslide and a snow drift, evade kidnapping in Pakistan, and face arrest in Moscow. 

The idea for the journey dawned on the trio when they caught a cab home one night. They decided to embark on the trip and raised proceeds, mostly from corporate sponsorships, for the British Red Cross. And while they did pick up a few fares along the way, those folks weren’t charged.

Click here to see some highlights from their adventure >
Have an amazing travel story and photos to share? Send an email to [email protected] and we could feature your adventure next.

This is Hannah, the taxi cab the trio drove around the world.

Hannah poses in Ankor Wat, Cambodia.

Where else would there be a kangaroo-crossing sign other than Australia?

The guys, Hannah, and Big Ben in London.

No trip through Paris is complete with out a photo with the Eiffel Tower.

The taxi made it to Everest's base camp.

In Finland, Hannah was caught in snow.

They finally crossed the border of India.

They trekked through the Iranian Desert.

Posing with some amo in Iran.

In Cambodia, they encountered a mudslide.

They blazed through Russia.

In Turkey, the trio took in some hot air ballooning.

Things got political in Turkey.

But she made it through Georgia OK.

Hannah had her 15-minutes of fame in Hollywood.

In San Francisco, the drivers posed with the Golden Gate bridge.

Want to take an adventure of your own?

NOW WATCH: Executive Life videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.