Oh yeah, did we mention that she’s also on her way to becoming the first woman and youngest person ever to travel to every single country in the world? She’s fascinated by the idea of sustaining optimal natural environments while benefiting local economies around the world.
When Cassie was just 19, she decided to pursue her interest in ecotourism by traveling to various countries around the world and working in hotels to scrape by. By age 24 she had traveled to more than 24 countries on almost no money!
She’s also working as a Peace Ambassador through the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism, through which she meets with university tourism students to discuss “responsible tourism and economics.” She started on her endeavor in July 2015 and, less than two years later, is almost finished.
7. She's Been Nearly Everywhere!
As of right now, she’s visited an impressive 183 countries. You name it, from Burkina Faso to Andorra to North Korea, she’s been there.
What’s still to come on her adventure, you may be wondering? Uncharted territory currently includes Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Israel.
8. She's Had Some Pretty Insane Experiences
She’s gone whale-watching in Tonga, seen Angkor Wat, traveled with armed guards in Mogadishu and rode in the cockpit of an airplane (one of her lifelong dreams) to name just a few things.
According to Daily Mail, Cassie’s dealt with her fair share of harassment and uncomfortable situations.
“Some like to believe they can take advantage of me because I’m a woman, thinking I’m more gullible to cough up more money or talk to them more because they want me to, but I don’t tolerate any inequality anymore,” she says. “If I feel that I’m being harassed or taken advantage of, I say how I feel, then I’m out.”
What a badass.
10. And Of Course, The Epic Journey Comes With A Hefty Price Tag
She’s reportedly spent close to $200,000 on her worldwide excursion, with the help of some very generous sponsors. “All sponsors and funding is obtained by me while I’m on the road, which is not an easy task,” she adds.
11. She's Learned A Lot Along The Way
After visiting a mosque in Bahrain for the first time, she gained a newfound respect for the Muslim religion.
“There’s this skewed view based on the news, brainwashing us with all of this negativity and nonsense … All I can say is that every Muslim woman, man, student, child, that I’ve encountered on this expedition … have been so kind, loving and peaceful,” she said in an Instagram post.