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Cassie De Pecol Is The Record-Setting World Traveler We All Want To Be

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One 27-year-old woman has traveled to more countries than you'll visit in a lifetime. Meet Cassie De Pecol. After departing on her world tour in July 2015, De Pecol became the first woman to visit every sovereign nation on February 2, 2017 (ending in Yemen). She also became the person who visited every country in the shortest amount of time—a cool 18 months and 26 days.

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Country #1 of #196: Palau

Globetrotting With A Purpose

If you're glaring at your screen in envy, you're not alone. How did this twenty-something from Connecticut pull off such ah amazing feat? She discovered how to attract sponsors with a simple Google search. De Pecol saved $10,000 in babysitting money for her journey, which she called Expedition 196, but the rest of her $198,000 budget was provided by sponsors that included a few big companies like AIG, several eco-hotels, and even a tote-bag artisan.

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De Pecol's main mission was to be recognized by Guinness World Records for both travel records, but she also wanted to "inspire young women around the world to travel—to step outside their comfort zones and do something that only men have done and kind of push the boundaries in that way." While traveling, De Pecol was an ambassador for the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism. She spoke to classrooms, met with mayors and ministers of tourism, and presented the organization's Declaration of Peace.

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Macedonia — at Samuel's Fortress, Ohrid.
United Arab Emirates — at Dubai Desert.

255 Flights Later

According to Travel + Leisure, "De Pecol boarded over 255 flights, planted trees in over 50 countries and went through five passports. She spent between two and five days in each country." De Pecol never felt in danger during her travels. Instead, the most challenging part was securing visas for less accessible countries like North Korea. She ended up visiting the country with a group of Chinese tourists for a third of the normal cost.

What's next? More travel, of course. De Pecol plans on visiting the only place she's never been: Antarctica.

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Slovenia, Lake Bled

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