On February 2, 2017 Cassie De Pecol set a new world record – the first woman to travel to all 196 sovereign nations in the world. Not only has she traveled to every country in the world, she did it in record time, completely shattering the previous Guinness World Record holder. De Pecol’s Expedition 196 took her a total of 18 months and 26 days to complete. Starting her planning at 23 years old, De Pecol dived into research to plan out her trip, budgeting, and how to acquire funding.
De Pecol wasn’t just jet-setting off around the world to beat the clock and set records. De Pecol’s mission was to promote peaceful tourism and teaching others on how to offset your carbon footprint while you travel.
While De Pecol has been highly praise for her accomplishments, there are critics who are skeptical of the carbon impact she herself had in the 255 flights required to complete the journey and the lack of quality time spent in each destination.
In an interview with cnn.com, De Pecol remarks on the criticism she receives for the brief amount of time she spent in each country, "It all comes down to two words: time management [...] One could spend Saturday and Sunday chilling at home watching Netflix -- totally OK, I am guilty of that at times -- or traveling to five places within one country, five countries within those two days."
As another women who wants to live out of her suitcase, De Pecol’s story and accomplishments are inspiring and part of a bigger story. She calls attention to fears women have traveling alone in foreign countries and the concept of being mindful while you travel.
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