It’s said that we live in a generation where anything is possible. Well, 27-year-old Cassie De Pecol from Connecticut just proved this.
The young woman has just broken a Guinness World Record for visiting all the countries in the world in the shortest amount of time (18 months to be specific).
‘Expedition 196′, as her challenge was named, saw De Pecol smash the existing record of three years and three months, set by previous record-holder Yili Liu.
De Pecol quit her job back in 2012 when she decided to follow her dream which was to travel the world. She funded her trip both through endorsements and savings, having budgeted £160,000 (including £8,000 just from babysitting).
As she’s travelled, De Pecol has been filming a documentary, working as the ambassador for the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism, and given talks in universities about sustainable tourism, according to the Expedition 196 website.
She’s saved money by arranging free accommodation at luxury eco-friendly hotels in exchange for promotion on Instagram to her 300,000 followers.
She now describes herself as “a world traveller, explorer, environmental activist, women’s rights and peace activist, educator, triathlete, and entrepreneur.”