Young woman to become first documented female to visit every country on Earth

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Cassie De Pecol may only be 27 years old, but she's seen more of the world than most of us will in our entire lifetime.

De Pecol has no plans on stopping until she's visited every country on earth -- and in record time, too.

Back in July 2015, De Pecol set off to visit all 196 countries, and in just 15 short months, she has already crossed 181 off her list and filled up four passports with colorful stamps from around the globe.

Will probably go through one more of these bad boys before I finish #expedition196 💅🏽 #braggingrights

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So far, De Pecol has spent around $200,000 on her travels, which includes airfare for 254 flights. However, most of that steep price tag has been footed by sponsors.

She even gets to stay at certain hotels for free by advertising for them on her Instagram account!

Each day is a journey of adventure, as we endeavor to understand the problem and whom we are fighting for. - Krishan Meetoo • • • #IOnlyHaveThisOneOutfit 😁 #Expedition196 #EveryCountryinTheWorld #Sponsored

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According to her blog, Expedition 196, the Connecticut native is planning to finish her journey by the end of 2016, which would officially make her the youngest documented woman to visit every country.

New vlog coming up soon of my experience at #SonevaFushi in the Maldives! 🐬♻️

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But all of her travels are not solely self-serving -- De Pecol is also filming a documentary about the journey while acting as an ambassador for the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering "international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, and through these initiatives, helping to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world."

Sounds like vacations well spent to us!

Click through to see more photos of De Pecol and her travels:

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Cassie De Pecol, 27, travels the world
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Cassie De Pecol, 27, travels the world
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” - John Wayne • • • Can't WAIT to share with you guys where I am at the moment. But for now, here's a photo of me in my #happyplace in the mountains of #Kazakhstan last week 🤘🏼 • • • #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism #EveryCountryInTheWorld
Once we realize the extraordinary power we have to compose our lives, we’ll move from passive, conditioned thinking to being co-creators of our fate. - Jason Silva • • • #expedition196 #somalia
Let's talk money 💰 • • • So many comments coming in asking how to afford travel like this. Step #2 of making this goal of mine a reality was to figure out how I'd be able to pay for it. Prior to this Expedition, I managed to stretch out the $2,000 I saved one summer from Lifeguarding to travel to roughly 25 countries over the span of about 2 years. Some great sites that helped me to be able to make that $2k last were: -helpx.net and workaway.info (work in exchange for accommodation and food) -couchsurfing.org (free accomodation) -statravel.com (cheap flights for those under 26/student/teacher) And of course, living off of bread, sleeping in train stations, and hitchhiking. • • • But for Expedition 196, I had to plan a year and a half in advance. I asked myself A) What is a sponsor? B) Why would they sponsor me, and C) How do I obtain them? It wasn't easy, sponsors are not going to invest in you if you do not have something to offer them in return. • • • Before you can even consider obtaining sponsors or investors to travel, you need to figure out what your quest is going to be, what do you have to offer the world? Traveling is great, but what's your purpose? What good will you be doing for the world through your travels and how will you help people? For me, I wanted to focus on peace through tourism and sustainability. I thought the best way to make an impact would be through an educational documentary and speaking around the world to university students. Like I said, traveling is great, but if you can utilize your travels towards making a positive impact, supporting a cause or doing something unique with it to help the world, you're one step closer towards finding funding to make your dream come true. 🐝 • • • While there's so much more to this, feel free to check out my sponsors page on my website: www.expedition196.com/sponsors, my sponsorship deck is up there for all to see. I'll continue sharing tidbits as to how I made my dream a reality throughout future posts. In the meantime, loving hearing from you all! 🌎🙏🏽❤️ • • • #expedition196
I'll admit I've made some petty mistakes on this Expedition, but none have amounted to the mistake I just made coming to Cuba where I forgot to take out cash in the US before coming. For those of you who don't know, Cuba doesn't accept US debit/credit cards or bank transfers, PayPal or anything of the sort, which, I knew of but completely forgot to honor. I arrived having reserved my hotel (but not paid in advance) and went on to take a taxi only to find that I just had enough cash to pay half the fare once we arrived. The hotel wasn't able to assist with the issue, and I had no other choice but to spend the rest of the night walking probably 12 hours back to the airport at midnight to spend the rest of my time in Cuba. I felt very defeated and couldn't believe this mistake I had made when I knew I had to bring cash before I came. The taxi driver who took me to the hotel told me that he has daughters and didn't want to leave me stranded, so he decided to not require any further compensation and took me back to the airport to sleep there. If that wasn't kind enough, he asked his friends at the airport restaurant if they could feed me, and they offered me rice, beans and pork as well as fresh papaya juice, water and rum, which of course I couldn't drink/eat any of because I was so nauseated and upset by my mistake. The taxi driver then offered to take me to his home where I could spend the night. His wife gave me her bed while she slept on the living room floor. This is the only time on this Expedition where I had no other choice but to accept the offerings of a stranger in order to avoid what could have ended in a devastating night, walking 12 hours on a deserted road back to the airport. I felt horrible accepting his help, but knew that he eagerly wanted to help me. If you see this, muchisimas gracias, Maliene and Dagoberto. No sé lo que habría hecho sin su inmensa hospitalidad. #payitforward #expedition196
Exulansis. 🕷 The tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it - whether through envy or pity or simple forgiveness - which allows it to drift away from the rest of your life story, until the memory itself feels out of place, almost mythical, wandering restlessly in the fog, no longer even looking for a place to land. @thedictionaryofobscuresorrows #expedition196 My travel partner (A.K.A. Backpack): @sovrnrepublic
Been a bit MIA, but I've been out and about enjoying myself in Tripoli, Libya! Also, being held at the border because they thought I was in the CIA 😱. To see what I was up to while there check out my vlog (link in bio)! 🙌🏼🕵🏼‍♀️🎥 Bag: @artisanbags #expedition196
A day in the life: Niamey 🇳🇪
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. - Steve Jobs • 💚 • #expedition196
This is what you call 'a girl in heaven'! For the first time in my life I had the opportunity to ride in the cockpit of an A320 and I was beyond excited. Nervous, but I've always dreamed about riding in the cockpit! The Pilots, Rui and Andre couldn't have been any cooler and professional, seriously #girlcrush! Thank you @sofiagpereira and @rita_lola_wilson ❤️❤️🌎!! I hope I don't get you girls in trouble 😳! @tapportugal ❤️ #expedition196
Come with me to Mogadishu, Somalia. New vlog link in bio. • • • @spot_llc in hand at all times whenever we exited the armored B7. I felt secure having 4-5 armed security personnel surrounding me when out exploring, but Spot made me feel just thank much safer. #sponsored • • • #PeaceHotel thank you for sponsoring me! #expedition196
Unbelievable life on the road 🌅
I don't know what's better, the moon or the company... 🍾🐬💙 • • • #NikonD750 #tripod #sandbar #SonevaFushi #Sponsored #Expedition196 #thebestmemories
After a 1 hour and 15 minute fast paced uphill trek, I arrived at Paro Taktsang. The pilgrimage was like something out of Avatar, a dream to trek, through low hanging clouds with a harrowing drop at any given moment on either side. Prayer flags swayed through the pines, prayer wheels spinning in the breeze, and tsa-tsas (ashes of the dead) wedged between crevices of stone. Passing over a bridge and waterfall and up the last flight of stairs, I entered one of the chambers where I was completely alone. Tip-toeing past the glowing butter candles and sacred relics, I kneeled on a rug, cracked open an aged window and rested my head on the windowsill to reflect and admire the massive 2,000ft plunge into the vast Himalayan valley below, as clouds swiftly passed. Without my phone or camera equipment, I was able to consciously enjoy this moment in peace. 🏔 • • • #expedition196 #everycountryintheworld
I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want. - #MuhammadAli • • • New vlog is up about what @cntraveler rated "The Most Beautiful Island in The World". Check out my vlog to see! Link in bio 🎥 • • • #Expedition196 #EveryCountryinTheWorld
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