Cassie De Pecol was once just a regular young woman, she was 25-years-old and hailed from a relatively small town in Connecticut. That was until she decided to break a world record almost two years later by travelling to every, single sovereign nation on the planet in the shortest amount of time.
The gorgeous nomad set off on 24th July 2015 and never looked back, and thanks to the glory of social media and selfie sticks, she was able to document her travels the whole way. She visited 196 countries in just over 18 months.
How did she pay for such a journey? Thanks to funding, sponsorships and personal savings, she tallied £160,000 and worked her way through what she calls Expedition 196.
She told The Mail Online, ‘Going to every country was for me a personal quest to learn as much as I could about our world, stepping outside my comfort zone and becoming comfortable in the unknown, while also aiming to leave a legacy behind.’
I really don't know how much more beautiful this scene could get here at #Plitvice Lakes in #Croatia. My friends I met from San Diego @hreed07 snapped this photo as I was about to collect samples for @adventurescience. We had a fun little photo shoot 😝. But seriously, this waterfall was just too breathtaking to resist 📸 • • • #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism #EveryCountryInTheWorld
During her mission she also filmed a documentary about sustainable travel and stayed in many eco-friendly hotels for two-five days during each stop.
Travelling alone as a woman has its setbacks, especially in developing countries that don’t have great gender equality. ‘I’ve been harassed and in sticky situations, whereas a man in the same situation likely wouldn’t have experienced the same,’ she said.
I departed on January 2nd for Phase II of #Expedition196 and my first country back was #Grenada! I'm only traveling with a small carry-on pack for this Caribbean and Central America leg, thanks to @sovrnrepublic!! I'm in love with this pack! • • • Head to my YouTube channel for my first Vlog where you'll see what I packed in this bag for 1.5 months of travel and also why I was detained in the airport in Grenada 😁 #NotFun! Link is in the bio! • • • #PeaceThroughTourism #EveryCountryInTheWorld
We can think of easier ways to rack up air miles. Well done, Cassie!
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.