Often we mistake a traveller and explorer to be synonymous, but in reality they mean different things. While a traveller visits places for just the pleasure, an explorer goes deeper; and 27-year-old Cassandra De Pecol can certainly be called an explorer.
Pecol has been back-packing around the world solo, as an ambassador of peace, and when we say the world, we really do mean it. Pecol is on a voyage not to visit some 100 countries, but to break a world record by being the first woman to travel to all 196 countries (if you recognise Taiwan as a sovereign state, otherwise the number is 195). She hopes to achieve the dream and become the fastest person to travel to all sovereign countries.
With help from the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT), she started her lone expedition in July 2015. As of now, she’s already visited 181 countries and travelled across all the continents. In order to set the Guinness World Record, she has to complete her journey in less than three years and three months. “Filming her journey of discovering some of the most unknown and unique corners of the world to showcase their beauty,” she travels with a mission to talk about peace and sustainability. As part of her trip she visits many schools and colleges interacting with young minds.
Born in Connecticut, USA, “Cassie’s interest in sustainable tourism evolved after attending her first year at Long Island University – Global College in Costa Rica.” According to her website, “At the age of 19 she decided to ‘plunge’ into the world of eco tourism by physically travelling to and working at various hotels around the world.” With very little money to spare, she did odd jobs to sustain herself through these expeditions. “She had worked her way through her travels by sweeping floors, serving tables and planting seeds,” it says.
AWE: An experience of such perceptual vastness you literally have to reconfigure your mental models of the world to assimilate it. – Jason Silva • • • New Vlog out soon as soon as I can find good enough internet to upload! ? • • • #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism #EveryCountryInTheWorld #Jordan #MindBlown
Her journey in 2010 was not a solo trip, with only $2,000 in pocket she set out for Europe along with her brother Jason. But soon she got a hang of it, realising that it is the only thing she ever truly wanted and continued travelling solo for the next few years.
“The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” Shirley MacLaine • • • I finally mustered up the courage to leave my hotel and explore to streets of Kabul. What I found opened up my eyes to a whole new world ?❤️?? Vlog soon to come. • • • #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism #EveryCountryInTheWorld #Afghanistan
This is my "mad man" pre-planning of #Expedition196 over a year ago. Original map and all! I just thought that you all might be interested to know the stats since the start of the Expedition. In the past 6⃣4⃣ days, I've traveled to 2⃣5⃣ countries and flown 3⃣2⃣ times. That's an average of 2⃣.5⃣ days in each country. While that seems like an extremely short amount of time to be in each country, I've been in some countries longer than I've been in others. For instance, I was in New Zealand for 5 days but visited both the North and South Island, but was in Qatar for only 1 full day on a layover (will be going back in the spring). How am I feeling? In one word, exhausted. Also stressed. But I'm optimistic for the continued journey and outcome of the Expedition. I'm not kidding when I say that I'm overwhelmed with work in organizing all of the meetings with the students and leaders, but overwhelmed in a good way! ? I've made great time on this trip so far in regards to the Guinness World Record attempt. I planned this trip while giving myself 6 months leeway time just in case situations arise. So right now, I'm on a 7 day work break where I'm re-organizing everything and getting ready for the next 3 months until Christmas. Europe has the most Skal chapter presence, so organizing the meetings has been very taxing on my end, which is why I need a week to ensure everything is properly and professionally organized. If I seem a bit absent in the next week, it's because I've got my head buried in emails. Thanks for your patience in advance! ✈️? • • • #CarpeDiem
Whether she will break the Guinness record or not, one thing is for sure, she has seen more than most of us will ever see in our lifetime.