This is Cassandra De Pecol, and she is a true modern adventurer. While still quite young, the 27 year old Connecticut born and Californian raised woman is set to become the first woman to have travelled to all countries in the world. She has dedicated the past 15 month travelling the earth as a “global citizen” and an advocate for peace. Something that we could truly need right now.
In these past months she has visited 181 of the 196 countries in the world, and she is very eager to visit the remaining countries as soon as possible. If she should finish this feat in the coming weeks, she would be the first female, youngest American, and fastest individual to have done so. You can follow her progress at Expedition 196, all the info about her and the foundation can be found here.
Travel has been De Pecol’s passion for her entire life. But her wanderlust took off in 2009 when she and her brother travelled around Europe. The journey began in Belgium, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Switzerland eventually turned into two years of travel across the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. With only $2,000 to her name, De Pecol supported herself by “sweeping floors, serving tables and planting seeds.”
On her 25th Birthday, six years after her first expansive trip, she decided to do it all over again, but this time the trip should be even bigger and far reaching. With a crinkled map, a kickstarter campaign, and a goal of seeing every country on earth, she set off on Expedition 196.
July 24th 2015 was the day where Expedition 196 was kicked off. Ever since she has been documenting her travel on instagram. A slew of invaluable moments have been captured on her feed, from fulfilling her dream of riding in a cockpit to experiencing the tremendous kindness of a stranger in Cuba. This is a very expensive venture, so far she has spent more than $200,000 on expenses associated with her travels. De Pecol relies on the support of sponsors, and she often uses her Instagram to showcase businesses in exchange for accommodation. A very modern take on globe trotting!
While Expedition 196 supports many of De Pecol’s personal goals—to expand her horizons, leave her comfort zone behind, and, of course, experience the myriad cultures the world has to offer—it serves an even larger purpose: to promote peace. Inspired by her undertaking, The International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) has named De Pecol as one of their Ambassadors for Peace. As a representative, she speaks to audiences (primarily students) around the globe about sustainable practices and beneficial environmental actions.
With only 15 countries and less than 40 days to go, De Pecol is in the homestretch of her project. As Expedition 196 comes to a close, be sure to keep up with her through her uplifting Instagram and her travel-inspired Twitter!