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1. Breaking A Record
Remember Cassie De Pecol? She set out to break the Guinness world record of being the fastest (and first) female to travel to all 196 countries in the world. Well, guess what? As of February 2, 2017, she did it! She traveled to every country in the world in just 18 months and 26 days.
Cassie traveled as a peace ambassador, promoting peace through sustainable tourism. She’s spoken in front of more than 15,000 people at universities around the world on topics related to responsible tourism and women’s achievement.
This photo probably doesn’t need much explanation, but nonetheless Cassie says you should visit Bhutan “to learn the ethics of peaceful living.” She adds that “the pilgrimage to [Paro Taktsang] was something out of Avatar.”
After waiting for four months to get her visa approved, Cassie looked forward to traveling to Pakistan, and she was not disappointed. Despite others’ negative preconceived opinions of the country, she says it was a “culturally enriching experience” and of course, that the food was fantastic.
Cassie says that the town of Sidi Bou, not far from the Tunisian capital, blew her away. She recommends visiting Tunisia in order to “experience North African culture with a Middle Eastern feel and an immense amount of archaeological history.”
Not many people consider Mongolia a destination spot, but Cassie disagrees with that sentiment. She says you should visit Mongolia “to be immersed in the remote wilderness and to ride the wild horses."
And lastly we have the Middle Eastern nation of Oman, which Cassie thinks you should visit “in order to immerse yourself in the desert and mountains, while learning from locals who live in the mountains -- it’s a whole different lifestyle.”
Cassie says that throughout her journey, she’s begun to appreciate her home in the US even more. “They say home is where the heart is, and the more I travel, the more that’s becoming more real to me. Home is where family is, it’s where my safety net is, it’s where everything that I’m familiar with is,” says Cassie. She also believes that everyone should visit New England in the fall.
Based on those beautiful colors, we can’t argue with that.
One of Cassie’s dreams is to host a travel TV show that shows people the beauty of lesser-known countries. She’s already signed with a New York production company and is in the process of brainstorming for the new show. We can’t wait to see what’s in store!