Hillary Rodham Clinton gets around. The U.S. Secretary of State has set a travel record for visiting hundreds of countries.
Early on Tuesday, the former first lady's plane landed at Andrews Air Force Base, marking the completion of a 13-day 27,000 mile trip through and across Europe to Asia and then back to the Middle East. The trip was 2,000 miles more than the whole earth's circumference. The trip including France, Afghanistan, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Egypt, and Israel seemed a bit much for Clinton as she said it was "especially absurd, even for us," according to Politico.
However Clinton didn't want the journey to end. "I appreciate being here, I am only sorry that I have to leave," she told reporters on her last stop Monday, in Israel. "My traveling team is anxious to get home. I'd like to be hanging out in Jerusalem, but, you know, I have to do my duty," she said according to Politico.
This epic journey is just one of many that Clinton has taken during her time as secretary of state. Since taking over the role in 2009, Clinton has spent 351 days traveling. She visited 102 different countries and has flown 843,839 miles according to the State Department. Some other secretaries may have flown more miles, but none have visited as many countries as Clinton has.
Clinton broke the travel record last month when she passed Madeleine Albright's record of visiting 98 countries. Clinton's 99th country was Finland, followed by Latvia, marking her 100th country. Since then,Clinton has also visted Mongolia and Laos, putting her at 102 countries. According to Politico, Clinton was the first secretary of state to visit Laos in 57 years and she's only the second secretary to do so.
Despite Obama running for re-election, Clinton says she won't be sticking arounf if he wins a second term. Serving one term as secretary of state is the norm as only one has served more than four years since the 1970's. Clinton no longer wants to be a part of the political stage, but some believe she would be an appropriate choice as the country's first female president.