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According to her website, Cassandra de Pecol's odyssey began when she left her home in Connecticut, USA, and flew to the Pacific island of Palau. (instagram.com/expedition_196/File)
Introducing Cassandra de Pecol, the first female backpacker set to visit all 196 countries in the world. She is vying to be the “fastest person to travel to all 196 nations in less than 3 years and 3 months” and the youngest female to sojourn the whole planet on a low-key budget.
According to her website, de Pecol’s odyssey began when she left her home in Connecticut, USA, and flew to the Pacific island of Palau. Since, then she took off to the Middle East, Europe and Africa to fill up her passport with hundreds of stamps.
For 16 months, the 27-year-old spent $200,000 (P9.7 million) including for 254 international plane tickets and her daily expenses for two to five days per country. So far, she has stepped foot on 180 nations and is completing 16 more countries within this year.
I need a haircut. @mrstaracohen will you come to #Bosnia and help a girl out? 😝 • • • Today I decided to climb 87 windy stairs up an extremely narrow corridor inside a Mosque to get to the top. Low and behold this breathtaking view of the #OldBridge in #Mostar was waiting for me. And let me tell you it was so worth it. I was wearing shorts and before entering the #Mosque they handed me a long scarf to cover my knees out of respect for their culture. Oh the joys of being a woman. I hung out up here for about two hours while everyone came and went within 10 minutes, I'm assuming because of the heights thing. • • • #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism
To ease her financial woes, she acquires sponsorships from various restaurants and high-end hotels. In return, she has to advertise them on her diverse social media accounts such as her Instagram handle.
Although the jet setter dreamt of traveling ever since she was a child, De Pecol travels for a cause. She is currently an acting ambassador for the International Institute of Peace through Tourism and is collecting water samples from all countries for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation.
“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,” she told Daily Mail. “In America, we are lucky to have such a vast melting pot of cultures and people from all over the world who make the country what it is today."
She is currently in New York City prepping up her travel documents so she can journey the remaining 16 countries in approximately six weeks.
If she succeeds in her pilgrimage, she will outshine British filmmaker and explorer Graham Hughes, who traveled to all 196 countries in less than four years without hitching on an aircraft.
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