At only 27 years old, Conneticut-born Cassie De Pecol has set an incredible world record. Last month, Cassie officially became the first documented woman to travel to all 196 countries in the world.
De Pecol called her trip "Expedition 196," and completed the world tour in only 18 months and 26 days. That meant spending no more than five days in each place she visited. She documented all of her travels on Instagram.
De Pecol explained her motivation for the massive trip on her website. "My goal was to prove to you how kind and hospitable people all over the world are, but specifically in regions that many people consider to be dangerous," she said. "It is my hopes that, through traveling alone as a blonde, American woman, I’ve been able to respectfully introduce you to a completely different perspective of the world and it’s people."
If you're looking for some travel advice, De Pecol recently sat down for an interview with the Telegraph, where she listed her top 10 countries that you must visit.
"To experience Northern African culture with a Middle Eastern feel and an immense amount of archaeological history.
"To be immersed in the remote wilderness and to ride the wild horses."
"To learn the ethics of peaceful living."
"To experience the process of how Kava is made and to meet some of the kindest people."
"To see some of the bluest water, whitest sand, and most stunning sand banks in the world."
"To immerse yourself in the desert and mountains while learning from locals who live in the mountains, it's a whole different lifestyle."
"To get a true sense of raw, authentic Asian culture, and for the food"
8. Costa Rica
"Monkeys, fresh fruit, good music, and volcanoes...need I say more?"
"The Amazon rainforest and Aguas Calientes."
"Fall in New England is something everyone should experience."