An adventurous young woman hopes to break a Guinness World Record by becoming the fastest female to travel to all 196 countries.
27-year-old Cassie De Pecol, from the US state of Connecticut, embarked on her journey in July of 2015 and now she is nearing the end of her epic mission to visit all 193 sovereign nations. She has spent last 16 months ticking off counties at a rate of knots – it’s now 180.
Intrepid traveller has spent around £160,000 so far, which includes 254 flight tickets, but has funded much of her trip through sponsors and by obtaining free accommodation in exchange for social media posts.
Having a passion for adventure, the blonde traveller started to plan for the trip of a lifetime –Expedition 196 – on her 25th birthday. Explaining her thirst for exploration, she said: ‘Since school, I’ve had this desire to visit every country in the world, intrigued to learn more about every culture, natural habitat, and religion.
‘In America we are lucky to have such a vast melting pot of cultures and people from all over the world who make the country what it is today.
Acting as a Peace Ambassador for International Institute of Peace Through Tourism and Skal International, part of Cassie’s work is meeting with university tourism students to discuss responsible tourism and economics.
In addition, Cassie is working with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation to collect water samples to test for the presence of micro plastics.
She is now back in Connecticut organising visas and transport to reach the last 16 – which are surprisingly spread across the globe: Greenland, Syria, Cameroon, Libya and Israel all remain.