Woman to become fastest female to visit all 196 countries – at only 27 years old! 0 2004

A young woman hopes to become the fastest female to travel to all 196 countries – and she’s just 27-years-old.

Cassie De Pecol is nearing the end of her epic mission to visit all 193 sovereign nations plus Taiwan, Kosovo and Palestine.

The intrepid traveller from Washington, Connecticut, USA, only began her journey in July of 2015.

On her 25th birthday Cassie started to plan for the trip of a lifetime, ‘Expedition 196’.

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Cassie in Bali, Indonesia

So far she has ticked off 180 countries, taken over 254 flights and has roughly 26 flights left to go.

The young adventurer’s trip has cost $198,000 (£240,000), and she now has 45 days left to visit the final 16 destinations on her list.

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Cassie in De Pecol in Iraq

Acting as a Peace Ambassador for International Institute of Peace Through Tourism and Skal International, part of Cassie’s work involves 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.

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Cassie in Uruguay

Cassie 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.

“I wanted to learn about where these people came from, more specifically, where I came from, with my ancestors originating from Europe.

“I wondered what existed outside of North America and what it was like.

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Cassie in Kazakstan

“Is the Middle East really like how they say it is on the news? What about the Amazon?

“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.”

After 15 months on the road, Cassie has had both highs and lows and believes that travelling as a solo woman has shaped some of her experiences.

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She said: “On average, I spend two to five days in each country.

“It’s been amazing meeting with the students and dignitaries, also travelling to off the beaten path locations on my own, places that no one else I know has experienced. I also love long bus rides.

“Lows are flying, being in airports, and not being in a safe enough environment to go for a run.

“I’ve been harassed and in sticky situations, whereas a man in the same situation likely wouldn’t have experienced the same.

“Some like to be believe that they can take advantage of me because I’m a woman, thinking I’m more gullible to cough up more money or talk to them more because they want me to, but I don’t tolerate any inequality anymore.

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Church in Saint Petersburg, Russia

“If I feel that I’m being harassed or taken advantage of, I say how I feel, then I’m out.”

The incredible trip was made possible through sponsors such as AIG, Artisan Bags, Dogeared, Eagle Creek, Clif Bar, Travisa, SPOT Globastar, Westcomb and Eagle Creek, and investors, who have also contributed to the making of the educational documentary which Cassie has filmed along the way.

She also promotes sustainable, luxury hotels on her Instagram , such as Six Senses, Soneva and Secret Bay, to more than 12,000 followers, in exchange for accommodation.

Cassie added: “All sponsors and funding is obtained by me while I’m on the road, which is not an easy task.

“If I’m not meeting with the Ministry, giving keynote sessions to university students, collecting samples, obtaining visas, or doing promotion, I travel around the country on my own, but not for long.

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Cassie in Afghanistan

“I try to spend the most time in countries where I’m able to promote my Mission to make a difference.

She added: “Though I haven’t yet become the first documented woman to travel to every country in the world, I imagine that the feeling of accomplishment and awe will be overwhelming.

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“I just hope that I’m able to inspire young women (and men!) around the world to go after goals and feats that so far, people think can only be done by man.”

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Cassie has seen some amazing natural wonders on her travels

Places visited so far:

Palau

Australia

New Zealand

Samoa

Tonga

Fiji

Vanuatu

Solomon Islands

Papua New Guinea

United Arab Emirates

Qatar

Turkey

Cyprus

Afghanistan

Iran

Saudi Arabia

Oman

Japan

Kuwait

Bahrain

Russia

Azerbaijan

Uzbekistan

Kazakhstan

Kyrgyzstan

Azerbaijan

Armenia

Georgia

Lebanon

Jordan

Portugal

Spain

Andorra

Switzerland

Italy

Germany

France

Belgium

Luxembourg

Austria

Croatia

Denmark

Liechtenstein

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Serbia

Kosovo

Montenegro

Albania

Macedonia

Netherlands

Greece

Bulgaria

Romania

Hungary

San Marino

Vatican City

Moldova

Slovakia

Slovenia

Ukraine

Czech Republic

Poland

Lithuania

Latvia

Estonia

Finland

Malta

Monaco

Sweden

Norway

United Kingdom (London)

Iceland

Belarus

Ireland

United States

Mexico

Belize

Guatemala

El Salvador

Honduras

Nicaragua

Costa Rica

Panama

Trinidad & Tobago

Grenada

Barbados

Bahamas

St. Vincent & The Grenadines

St. Lucia

Dominica

Antigua & Barbuda

St. Kitts and Nevis

Jamaica

Canada

Tunisia

Ethiopia

Kenya

Morocco

Egypt

Dominican

Republic

Haiti

Cuba

Argentina

Bolivia

Brazil

Chile

Colombia

Ecuador

Guyana

Paraguay

Peru

Suriname

Uruguay

Venezuela

Kiribati

Marshall Islands

Nauru

Federated States of Micronesia

Tuvalu

Bangladesh

Bhutan

Brunei

Cambodia

China

East Timor

India

Indonesia

Iraq

Laos

Malaysia

Maldives

Mongolia

Myanmar

Nepal

North Korea

Pakistan

Phillipines

Singapore

South Korea

Sri Lanka

Syria

Thailand

Turkmenistan

Vietnam

Yemen

Taiwan

Algeria

Angola

Benin

Botswana

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cameroon

Cape Verde

Central African Republic

Chad

Comoros

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Djibouti

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Gabon

Gambia

Ghana

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Ivory Coast

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Madagascar

Malawi

Mali

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mozambique

Namibia

Niger

Nigeria

Republic of the Congo

Rwanda

Sao Tom and Principe

Senegal

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Somalia

South Africa

South Sudan

Sudan

Swaziland

Tanzania

Togo

Uganda

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Israel

Palestine

Via: Mirror

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