At just 27-years of age, Cassie De Pecol became the fastest person to visit every country in this world. Moreover, this young traveler from Connecticut is also the first woman to visit every sovereign nation. She is now completing the paperwork to be officially recognized by the Guinness World Records.
Cassie completed her whirlwind world tour as an ambassador for the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism. She began her world tour in July 2015, and on February 2nd, 2017, she visited the 196th and final country on her list – Yemen. Her incredible journey around the world took 18 months and 26 days, smashing the previous record of 3 years and 3 months.
On an average she spent between two and five days in each country, meeting with mayors and ministers of tourism to present them with the organization’s ‘Declaration of Peace’. Throughout her journey, Cassie boarded over 250 flights, went through five passports and planted trees in over 50 countries.
Apart from a small amount that Cassie had saved, the majority of the funding for this tour came through sponsors. She also exchanged promotional coverage for stays at Eco-hotels around the world. Some of her hardest moments came when trying to secure the visas and at that point it’s kind of trusting in the unknown, trusting in people, she says.
Cassie has filmed her entire journey and plans to release it as a documentary. She says that a trip to Antarctica is up next. But before that, Cassie will race in an Olympic Triathlon in San Diego, and in June she will teach a course on how to secure travel funding.