Cassie De Pecol is the youngest and first woman to visit every country in the world. She holds the world record for the fastest person to travel to all 196 countries, doing it in less than two years.
Cassie quit her job and found ways to fund her trip through sponsorships, endorsements and saved $10,000 from baby-sitting. In total Cassie budgeted $198,000 for her adventures and set off in July 2015. Cassie’s goal is to leverage the media attention from her trip to promote peace through sustainable tourism.
“My goal was to prove to you how kind and hospitable people all over the world are, but specifically in regions that many people consider to be dangerous,” De Pecol wrote on her website.
“It is my hope that, through traveling alone as a blonde, American woman, I’ve been able to respectfully introduce you to a completely different perspective of the world and it’s people; the safety, kindness, and the similarities of 99 percent of people around the world. In portraying this, I’ve had to let go of all of my fears and trust in people, trust in strangers, and trust in the unknown, and it’s proved to be an powerfully rewarding experience.”
Though she enjoyed every one of the 196 countries she travelled solo to, De Pecol picked top 7 must-see places every traveller alike should explore.
“To experience northern African culture with a Middle Eastern feel and an immense amount of archaeological history.”
“To see some of the bluest water, whitest sand, and most stunning sand banks in the world.”
De Pecol thinks you have to visit Peru to experience the Amazon rainforest and Aguas Calientes, the closest access point to the historical site of Machu Picchu.
“To get the true sense of raw, authentic Asian culture, and for the food.”
“To be immersed in the remote wilderness and to ride the wild horses.”
“Monkeys, fresh fruit, good music, and volcanoes,”De Pecol said. “Need I say more?”
“To learn the ethics of peaceful living,” she said. “The pilgrimage [to Paro Taktsang] was something out of Avatar, a dream to trek through low-hanging clouds and a harrowing drop at any given moment on either side. Prayer flags swayed through the pines, prayer wheels spinning in the breeze, and tsa-tsas (asked of the dead) wedged between crevices of stone.”