This 27-year-old will soon become the first woman to visit every country in the world
Atta girl! We are rooting for you.
While you are slogging hard in office, praying for a long weekend so that you can visit that serene hamlet, 50 kms away from your city--27-year-old Cassandra De Pecol is about to become the first woman ever to visit every damn country on the world map! Jealous, much?
Cassandra is from Connecticut, USA, and she has already visited 181 countries since July, 2015. With only 15 countries left in her bucket list, she intends to pay each one of them a visit in the next 40 days. Fascinating, isn't it? Not only this amazing expedition of hers has provided her with some of the most memorable experiences, it will also help her break the Guinness World Record for the fastest person to travel to all sovereign states in the world. Now, you must know that she is not travelling solely for pleasure. In fact, she is an Ambassador of peace, visiting countries on behalf of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT).
After a 1 hour and 15 minute fast paced uphill trek, I arrived at Paro Taktsang. The pilgrimage was like something out of Avatar, a dream to trek, through low hanging clouds with a harrowing drop at any given moment on either side. Prayer flags swayed through the pines, prayer wheels spinning in the breeze, and tsa-tsas (ashes of the dead) wedged between crevices of stone. Passing over a bridge and waterfall and up the last flight of stairs, I entered one of the chambers where I was completely alone. Tip-toeing past the glowing butter candles and sacred relics, I kneeled on a rug, cracked open an aged window and rested my head on the windowsill to reflect and admire the massive 2,000ft plunge into the vast Himalayan valley below, as clouds swiftly passed. Without my phone or camera equipment, I was able to consciously enjoy this moment in peace. ?? • • • #expedition196 #everycountryintheworld
A globetrotter is real sense, she is documenting her journey on Instagram under the name Expedition196, and it's not costing her cheap. This lady traveller has spent up to 160,000 pounds, so far. Most of which was spent on 254 flight tickets! But, before you dismiss her efforts, branding her a rich, spoilt brat, here's what you should know: Cassandra has part of her trip funded by sponsors, and she has been seeking free accommodation in exchange of social media promotion. That doesn't sound too easy, does it? But, the difficulties have not dampened her spirit one bit.
Away from wifi, social media and being totally alone tucked away in a remote location with this wild husky and the wild horses for my 27th birthday brought me to the happiest and most peaceful place I'd ever been to on this expedition. For that, I am eternally grateful. And I now know what I want when this expedition is all said and done... ? #wildmongolia #expedition196
She spends two to five days in each place, before moving on, and also vlogs her stay. Atta girl! We are highly impressed.