Visiting a couple of countries in about a year or so, may seem like a job well done for most of the Neanderthals; how about 180 countries in less than 15 months? Read on to find out how this 27-year-old is making waves across the world.
'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.' – Cassie De Pecol, Washington, Connecticut.
Cassie De Pecol from Washington has a tough mission on her hands. Acting as a Peace Ambassador for International Institute of Peace Through Tourism and Skal International, Cassie, is on her way to become the youngest person in the history to have visited every country in the world.
If that made your jaw drop, let me stun you further! She has already managed to tick off 180 countries in a short span of 15 months from the list.
Documenting her travel experiences on Instagram under the handle ‘expedition_196’, Cassie has spent around £160,000 so far, but much of her trip is funded through sponsors and by obtaining free accommodation in exchange for social media posts.
For those who think it has been a smooth ride, know that, she managed to visit first 25 countries with just US$2000 savings, "living off bread, hitchhiking, sleeping in train stations and working in exchange for food and a bed". She also credits organisations like Couchsurfing.com for free accommodation on fellow traveller's couches.
The Connecticut-born traveller says she spends between two and five days in each place, filming her travels for a documentary, and collecting water samples around the world for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation.
In addition to traveling the world in record time, Cassie’s aim is to promote peace through sustainable tourism.
Enclosed are few pictures of her adventures from her Instagram handle that speak volumes about the fun she is having, what more can we say – You go girl J !
? Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world. - John Muir ? • • • #Expedition196 #EveryCountryinTheWorld #Iguazu A photo posted by ᶜᴬˢˢᴬᴺᴰᴿᴬ ᴰᴱ ᴾᴱᶜᴼᴸ (@expedition_196) on
AWE: An experience of such perceptual vastness you literally have to reconfigure your mental models of the world to assimilate it. - Jason Silva • • • New Vlog out soon as soon as I can find good enough internet to upload! ? • • • #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism #EveryCountryInTheWorld #Jordan #MindBlown A photo posted by ᶜᴬˢˢᴬᴺᴰᴿᴬ ᴰᴱ ᴾᴱᶜᴼᴸ (@expedition_196) on
"The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience". -Emily Dickinson • • • Back in Iceland at the #BlueLagoon! 5 years ago I was here and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a perfect place to come and explore while you're waiting for your flight out of #Reykjavik. The sun rose at 11:30am and set at 3:30 ???? • • • #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism #EveryCountryInTheWorld #Iceland
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end, requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men to win them. - Ralph Waldo Emerson • • • #Howth #Ireland, I never want to leave you. So there's this Irish Chef, his name is @donalskehan and he has his own cooking show and vlog on YouTube which I watch, and on one of his vlogs, he was showing his hometown of Howth. And I thought, I have to go there when I visit Dublin - it's so close to the city yet so immersed in nature. The air was so fresh and I literally did not want to leave. The weather was perfect and it was a gorgeous 3:30pm sunset over the cliffs. It was so quiet and serene. Definitely on my list of places to come back to and spend a bit more time. ????? • • • #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism #EveryCountryInTheWorld A photo posted by ᶜᴬˢˢᴬᴺᴰᴿᴬ ᴰᴱ ᴾᴱᶜᴼᴸ (@expedition_196) on
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
??? Samoa ??? Country #2 of #Expedition196 #WorldTourismDay2015 #PeaceThroughTourism A photo posted by ᶜᴬˢˢᴬᴺᴰᴿᴬ ᴰᴱ ᴾᴱᶜᴼᴸ (@expedition_196) on
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