For some of us, traveling is a form of leisure that provides a sweet escape from our nine-to-five jobs and everyday stressors in life. But in the case of Cassandra De Pecol, she’s not just a typical tourist who was bitten by the travel bug. This 27-year-old American triathlete has a different case of wanderlust, and her shabby passport will automatically make yours look like child’s play in comparison.
To be able to visit every country on earth may sound like a huge, impossible feat for an ordinary traveler, but for Cassandra, she’s confident that she can do it in less than three years. With the goal to make it to the Guinness World Records as the fastest and first ever female to travel the world, she has embarked on a journey called Expedition 196 and has already ticked off over 180 countries since July 2015.
We know what you’re thinking: That sounds ridiculously expensive! And it probably is (her expenditures have reportedly reached over $198,000 to date), but Cassandra’s been lucky to have sponsors who are willing to help her shoulder the costs. She’s also an ambassador for peace representing the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT).
She told The Daily Mail, "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."
Here are some of the amazing places she’s already visited:
Her first adventure was in Palau where she went swimming with jellies at the famous Jelllyfish Lake.
She even went hiking in the Albanian Alps.
Vanuatu was the fourth country she’s visited since Expedition 196 started…
And “Country #12” goes to Portugal.
This waterfall in Croatia is just glorious, don't you think?
Of course, there’s no way she’d skip Paris, France.
And Santorini, Greece? Now we’re really jealous!
Here’s another one taken in the middle of Dubai desert.
And we thought you’d ask, so, yeah, she was in the Philippines, too!
She also didn’t miss the chance to visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Cassandra has approximately more than a month to go before she accomplishes her mission. Soon enough, she’ll officially be the fastest person to have traveled to all 193 sovereign nations plus Taiwan, Kosovo, and Palestine. We’re rooting for you, Cassandra!