Meet Cassandra De Pecol, 27-year-old girl setting a world record to travel to 196 countries in just 2 years.
If you are a travel lover person then you must have heard about Cassandra De Pecol, an inspiration for many travellers.
Cassandra is a US traveller who has initiated her travel journey in July 2015 aiming to travel to 196 countries of the world in a mere time of just 2 years. Cassandra has already visited 181 countries and filled up with 4 passports, racing to towards Guinness World Record for the fastest person to travel to all the countries in the world.
If she completes this, Cassandra De Pecol will become the fastest person of the world to travel all countries, but also the first female to do so. She is an athlete and had run many times for the Ironman. She has been a part of Eco Tourism and Sustainable Hospitality since a young age of 18.
Cassandra Says: "I personally love finding new, inspiring things, places, culture, environments in countries around the world that are in need of tourism”.
Coming from the US city of Connecticut, Cassandra has spent her last 16 months in ticking the list of 196 countries and spent $209,060 including airfare. Her Travel expenses are mostly sponsored from big houses or revenue generated from her social media posts.
“I personally love finding new, inspiring things, places, culture, environments in countries around the world that are in need of tourism,” says Cassandra De Pecol.
A surprising answer from Cassandra De Pecol when asked, "What did you do before?"
De Pecol: I worked odd jobs in sales, website development, marketing and childcare. While I developed great relationships with the families that I worked with and really enjoyed caring for children, there wasn’t a future there, in regards to my career. Despite all of my odd jobs, I was able to barely pay the bills, which is also what fuelled my desire to take off on this quest as soon as I could.
Besides the wish of setting the record of travelling the world, she also aims to promote peace through sustainable tourism. She calls herself the “chief explorer” of Expedition 196, which is a journey around the world in record time for world peace. Cassandra De Pecol is also an ambassador for the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism and is collecting water samples for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. And she’s making a documentary about her trip, too.