This 27-Year-Old Is About To Become The First Woman To Travel All 196 Countries

November 15, 2016

A 27-year-old is on pace to become the first documented woman to visit all 196 countries, as well as the fastest known traveler ever to do it.

Cassandra De Pecol is from Washington, Connecticut, and she has just a handful of countries left to visit. She's calling her trip Expedition 196, and she's representing the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism. The organization believes tourism can inspire global peace and that every traveler is a potential ambassador for peace. 

Get ready for some unbearable wanderlust and Instagram envy. 





🌲 Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world. - John Muir 🌲 • • • #Expedition196 #EveryCountryinTheWorld #Iguazu

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All this looks pretty expensive, right? Her round-the-world excursion costs about $200,000, but she's gotten plenty of sponsors to finance her travels. 



PC: @supermattwilliams Sponsors: @landrover @landroverusa #landrover #landroverdiscovery #EagleCreek Location: #Malibu, CA

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She told The Daily Mail that she's "had this desire to visit every country in the world, intrigued to learn more about every culture, natural habitat and religion."