I recently read about Cassie De Pecol, a woman who traveled to every single country on Earth.
She completed the feat in less than two years, starting her journey on July 24th, 2015 and completing her travels on February 2nd, 2017, in Yemen.
Here she is:
And here she is in the UAE.
She broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest person to travel to all nations!
I think it’s enough to say that she’s experienced quite a lot of awesome things on her travel. She planned her journey, “Expedition 196”, where she carefully saved up money and signed with sponsors and endorsements, she publicly unveiled her launch at The World Domination Summit, in Portland, Oregon. Her mission was to promote sustainable travel and it seems, with all of her media coverage, she has found incredible success!
Cassie has so far planted trees in over 18 countries, which is 17 countries more than me. She’s also taken water samples for research to mitigate plastics being released into natural waterways and sources and teaches her fellow peers and youth about sustainable tourism — something she says she is intensely passionate about!
I can’t imagine the logistics and the time it probably took for her to actualize her idea. Cassie finishing her expedition is really inspiring and it makes me want to travel now.
As for me, I’ve started to outline a couple of countries that I’d love to explore. I’ve been very drawn to South America lately — and Spain, to a certain extent. The places I want to visit and try living in for at least a couple of weeks range from the coastal town of Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca, Mexico to the cool, sophisticated city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
I’m going through the motions of learning Spanish — I’ve even hired a tutor! And I try to speak with a native (or a whole bunch) every single day. It gets frustrating when you forget certain words, but with repetition and consistent drilling, it becomes easier and easier (and you get better recall).
Will I attempt something like Expedition 196? Absolutely not. I don’t have a mission to spread, nor do I have an interest in something like that. I guess it’s about personal experience to me.
And in regards to the actual travel itself, it’s a long ways off, but it’s certainly nice to dream about.