Cassie De Pecol is a female traveler from Connecticut, US. She always dreamed of traveling to as many countries as possible and making the world a better place. To pursue her dream, she started to plan her trip around the world. Her goal was to become the first woman who traveled to all 193 sovereign countries, plus Kosovo, Taiwan, and Palestine. Her trip wasn’t only about visiting every country, spending her time for a holiday, and holding the record as the fastest person to do so, but also about inspiring people around the world. The estimated cost of her journey was $198,000 USD which was largely covered by sponsors. She successfully finished her journey on February 2nd, 2017 after starting on July 24th, 2015. It took 18 months and 26 days to finish her expedition, called “Expedition 196.”
THE SPONSORS WHO FUNDED HER TRIP
The Expedition 196 interested many sponsors who would help her achieve her goal. Those sponsors funded her trip in many ways. The International Institute of Peace Through Tourism, which appointed her as a Peace Ambassador, was one of the sponsors. Parts of her work were meeting with university tourism students and promoting peace and sustainability. She also filmed her journey as an educational documentary and promoted eco-friendly and luxury hotels on her Instagram as exchange for accommodation. Furthermore, collecting water samples during her journey became her work as she was working with Adventurers and Scientists for Conversation.
THE JOURNEY AND ACHIEVEMENT
Realized that traveling around the world wouldn’t be easy, she planned her trip well and she started to practice Krav Maga. It is an Israeli martial art which would help her to defend herself as a woman traveling alone. During traveling, she made sure to drink enough water, take vitamins, and exercise in every country she visited to stay fit and healthy. She said that on average, she spent two until five days in each country.
She had many interesting experiences during her journey. The challenge of obtaining visas for some countries may not be easy to forgot. For example, when she want to enter North Korea, the geopolitical tensions between the US and North Korea meant Americans who wanted to visit were charged a hefty price, more than for travelers from other countries. She said that the three-day visa cost $1,000, though she went in with a group of Chinese tourists and their three-day visa only cost $300. Her struggle for obtaining the visas continued when she entered Turkmenistan and Syria. Afterward, she posted on her Facebook that she needed help getting into Syria.
Cassie De Pecol announced on her Instagram that she broke two records: one for ‘Fastest Person’ and other for ‘Fastest Female’ to visit all sovereign countries. She said it also confirmed that she is being the first woman on record for having visited every country. All of her achievement proved that enough sacrifice, commitment, and determination can help you to make your dreams come true and inspire others.
AFTER THE TRIP
After Cassie De Pecol visited 196 countries, she planned to finish her journey by visiting the last continent, Antarctica. Technically it isn’t a sovereign nation, but her journey to Antarctica completed the Expedition 196. Now that she is back from Antarctica, she has plans to write a book about her journey, finish an educational documentary, and hold a seminar. Through that seminar, she wants to help other people achieve their goals of pursuing their own passion project.
Source: Bored Panda, CNN, Expedition 196, Daily Mail, Traveller
Originally posted 2017-03-21 09:13:07.