Meet The First Ever Woman To Visit Every Country On Earth

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Cassandra De Pecol has become the first ever female traveller to visit every country on Earth.

What Is It?

The 29-year-old is inspiring many as she traverses the lengths of every country she has visited, leaving a mark on the beautiful territories along her way to set a record-setting journey around the world in just 18 months.

Cassandra has visited 193 sovereign countries plus Taiwan, Kosovo and Palestine. She started her journey on July 24th 2015 and ended on Feb 2, 2017, and with that, she’s well on course to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest, youngest American, first female person to travel to all the Sovereign States plus an additional 11 countries.

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My life is not an apology, but a life. It is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady. I wish it to be sound and sweet, and not to need diet and bleeding. My life should be unique; it should be an alms, a battle, a conquest, a medicine. 🧝🏼‍♀️ – Ralph Waldo Emerson • • • I’ve spent the greater part of my life observing and thinking about it all, thinking about the negative things that occur rather than allowing myself to succumb to it all with a positive mindset. Ever since I was a kid I became scarred by the scary stories in the media, then my real life situations of people cheating, killing, getting sick and dying. I always thought; “how can I be fully happy with a life that provides so much hardship and struggle?”. I don’t think it’s about finding happiness though, but rather, filling life with the things that make you question everything, provide meaning, make it worthy enough to live; like helping others and becoming the God, the dictator of your own life 💪🏽. I consider myself very strange and different, which alludes to the desire to not want more than a friend or two in my life at any given time, and instead, to seek rapture in my thoughts and nature rather than in crowds and cities. My last boyfriend was 9 years ago, the last concert I went to was 4 years ago and the last party I went to was during my Expedition, over 2 years ago. I don’t live according to normal standards, especially for my age. If I wanted these things in my life, I would have them, but I don’t. What each one of us does with our time here on earth is our own choice, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. And I think that for some of us, gratification lies in human connection mostly with people, and for others, with oneself; some, with animals, or a material thing. I think it’s difficult to find a balance, and I don’t think a person really needs to. To flourish and succeed in their own life is something that no one can tell you how to do. Absolutely no one in this life, including yourself, knows your own personal outcome. Best to find your funk and go with it 👣

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What Else?

The 29-year-old is from Connecticut and her amazing journey is called Expedition196 where she was travelling across as an Ambassador for Peace on behalf of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism.

Cassandra also happens to be a triathlete, documenting her workouts on her Instagram account. During her journey, she also spoke with over 15,000 students in over 40 countries about her mission to inspire.

Deets

Follow Cassandra’s journey through her blog, Instagram and YouTube accounts.

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