Chasing records: The fastest female to travel to every country
Record for fastest woman to travel to every country
By now a lot of people have heard about Cassie De Pecol “The first female to travel to every country”. A self-proclaimed false title with little research. The great thing about being human is we are constantly evolving. Just as I impulsively decided to travel to every I made my mind up impulsively that my time should be better spent.
At the time I decided this it has been just over two months and 25 countries later. I am well on track for this record. After a quick stint in Europe and Africa and now coming to Asia, I have decided that I have to experience as much as possible. I do not want to rush anymore for the sake of a record.
Slow down a little
This world has so much to offer and I am enjoying it. It is also still very important to me to raise mental health awareness around the world and I will still work hard and dedicate my time to this. I am still 100% intent on visiting every single country in the world plus more. I have since learned just going to a capital city of a country does not mean you have “visited” a country. You have visited a city and seen the sights but did you really dig into the culture?
Making friends while traveling
So far this journey has been extremely lonely. You meet so many people you connect with them for brief moments then part ways again. I am meeting and connecting with so many others who are just as passionate about travel. I have fallen in love with this lifestyle. Of not having a set plan and just following where the road leads you. Laos has been the country to flame up my doubts about this mission into a roaring fire. After spending two days just to travel to one city in such a unique way I have learned to slow down and take in the moments.
Going off the beaten track
I haven’t been at the point yet where I just saw an airport. I saw the scenery of countries on more bus rides than I can count now. I also saw many capital cities and tourist hot spots. But I need to wander off the beaten track more. Through my journey, I hope to show those who aren’t able to travel the world – be it time, career, family, a dog, financial obligations what this world has to offer. I am very fortunate to be in this position right now and for that I am grateful. I was able to just pack up my life and book a one-way ticket with no return date.
So what now
With this decision, I am super excited to see Vang Vieng, 4000 islands and who knows where else in this beautiful country Laos. Originally I was just going to do a day in Luang Prabang then head straight down to Vientiane get my visa for Vietnam do two days there and then head across to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. All in a rush. Without experiencing the culture, meeting people and having a lonesome journey all for the sake of a record. Yes, it is an impressive record but to me what is even more impressive now is actually experiencing all 196 countries and not just their airports and main attractions.
First female to travel to every country
I want to acknowledge the other females who have already accomplished this mission. This is the list, there are only 11 documented females. I admire them and their accomplishments. Rapid travel Chai wrote an article that acknowledges the females who traveled to every country before Cassandra De Pecol. These women have inspired me. I have scoured the internet to find every little bit of information I could on them and their travels. Luckily Global Gaz has interviewed both Audrey Walsworth and Nina Sedano and I got to learn a lot more about their quest for every country in the world.
Phyllis Henson (also completed TCC list)
Dorothy Pine (also completed TCC list)
Audrey Walsworth (also completed TCC list)
Taking on a mission like this is no easy feat. I hope that I can accomplish my dream to do this. I look forward to sharing my journey with you and with slowing down I will have more time to dedicate time to sharing the wonderful places I am traveling to. So far I have been to 39 countries since I started my mission and it has been the best 11 months of my life. I am still on this mission and this will never change. I hope to finish this mission before I am 35 however I can’t ever see myself not traveling.