Everybody has dreams of traveling around the globe in their late teens and early twenties.
The experiences and knowledge you gain from these different cultures cannot be attained from simply just reading about it, you gotta go out and see for yourself!
For some, traveling every country in the world is something that they hope to do within their lifetime but, 27 year old Cassie De Pecol, was able to do it in just 18 months and 26 days. She started her trip in July 2015 and ended on February 2, 2017 with Yemen as the last country she visited.
She became the first woman to visit every country in the shortest amount of time and also the first woman to visit every sovereign nation according to CNN.
De Pecol is in the process of making it official with Guinness World Records. The last person to complete this journey did it in three years and three months.
What made all of this possible was the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism.
Their mission statement states “It is based on a vision of the world’s largest industry, travel and tourism – becoming the world’s first global peace industry; and the belief that every traveler is potentially an ‘Ambassador for Peace.'”
De Pecol traveled as an ambassador for IIPT and met with important people in every country. That includes the mayor and ministers of tourism.
Her trip consisted of 255 flights and 5 passports. She also made an effort to stay in each country for about 2- 5 days tops. Enough time to enjoy the sightings of each destination.
Managing criticism • • • It's not okay to let others opinions (good + bad) shape who you are and who you aim to become, but I encourage you to let their words fuel you to pursue a life for yourself that you could have never in your wildest dreams have imagined. It's always been a desire of mine to inspire others that would in turn, inspire myself to create and grow positively in the right direction. My motto has always been, "I want to live an iconic lifestyle where I do what I want, when I want, and inspire those along the way". The negativity I get from this Expedition is vast, and while I'll never know why I've been criticized for my hard work and dedication to make even just a small, positive change in our world or how I travel for that matter, this negativity contradictory, only fuels me to do bigger things and reach higher in order to craft something more vast and impactful to positively enhance our world, while leaving a great legacy behind. Thankfully, the judgements that I've read have really fueled me to start several major projects that I've recently started working on. I often wonder that if I never received this criticism from others, I'd never be driven enough to change our world for the better… and hopefully one day I won't rely on these judgements to make these great forward movements in life, but for now, it's worked well enough. Never define your value as a person based off what people tell you about who you are or what you do. Own your life, own your values, own your morals and never let anyone dictate your decisions or frame who you are or who they think you should be. It is your life and no one has a surefire solution to a successful and winning outcome, but you. So, I encourage you to use not only fear but negativity and criticism from others as embers to your flame. It is only then, once you let all those opinions go, and watch those embers burn to flame, your truth and your story will flourish and you'll be boasting with confidence as to where you're headed. Choose your hard. PC: @unmaderhyme
Traveling the world is definitely “goals” but, De Pecol did go through hardships along the way. In countries like Syria and Libya, she had to take risks in order to continue her trip.
“There have been cases when I post on my Facebook, ‘Hi I need help getting into Libya’ or ‘I need help getting into Syria,’ and at that point it’s kind of trusting in the unknown, trusting in people,” she said.
We’re all afraid to let go, of falling into a bottomless future. But maybe we belong in the air, tumbling in the wind. Maybe it’s only when you dive in that you pick up enough speed to shape the flow of reality, and choose your own course, flying not too high, and not too low, but gliding from one to the other in long playful loops. To dream big, and bounce ideas against the world and rise again. Moving so fast, you can’t tell where the dream ends and where the world begins. – John Koenig
Before traveling, De Pecol babysat for a living and was able to save $10,000 dollars. The remaining expenses were covered through sponsors which accumulated to $198,000.
What is she up to now? De Pecol is not only a traveler but she is also an athlete.
She will be racing in a triathlon in San Diego and after that she hopes to get back to traveling. Antartica next!