New Record: Traveling Around The World, In Over 255 Flights
Twenty-seven-year-old traveler from Connecticut, Cassie De Pecol, just became the fastest person to visit every country in the world. Additionally, she’s also the first woman to visit every sovereign nation. She began her adventure in July 2015 and on February 2, 2017 she visited Yemen, the 196th and final country on her bucket-list. Her tour around the world took 18 months and 26 days, smashing the previous three years and three months record.
De Pecol completed her astounding journey as an ambassador for the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism. As part of her endeavors, De Pecol met with mayors and ministers of tourism and presented them with the organization’s “Declaration of Peace.” During her journey, De Pecol boarded over 255 flights, planted trees in over 50 countries and burned through five passports. She spent two to five days in each country.
In order to fund her travels, De Pecol saved 10,000 dollars in babysitting money and acquired 198,000 dollars through sponsors. She offered promotional coverage for stays at eco-hotels around the world. She also recorded her journey in hopes to release her world tour as a documentary.
De Pecol told Fox News Travel,
“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, in trusting people.”
Now, De Pecol is completing the paperwork to officially be recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records. She also intends on visiting Antarctica. However, she first plans on racing in an Olympic Triathlon in San Diego next month and teaching a course in how to secure funding to travel the world.
De Pecol reminds us all that you are never too young to accomplish your goals and there’s no harm in asking for a helping hand.