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196 countries in 2 years: Will Cassie make a world record?

November 16, 2016 11:40 IST

One look at her Instagram page and you're sure to go green with envy!

Cassie De Pecol, who was raised in rural Washington, Connecticut, USA is one lucky woman. At the age of 27 she has already travelled to 181 countries across the world. 

Her aim: To cover all 196 countries by the year end. Her mission is called Expedition 196. 

The good news is that she's expected to complete her mission in less than two months from now! And if she does it, Cassie will be the first documented woman to travel to all Sovereign nations. She will also be the fastest person to travel to all 196 Nations in less than three years and three months.

Thrilling isn't it?

The 27-year-old, who is travelling as a 'Global Citizen' and IIPT Peace Ambassador while advocating World Peace to Skal leaders and students, started on the expedition in 2015. 

She reportedly told the media, "As a young woman, I'd always dream to travel to as many countries as possible and make our world a better place."

Cassie is filming her journey for a documentary. The cost of her travel so far has been around $2,09,060, most of which is being raised through sponsorship. She has been getting free accommodation in exchange of social media posts. 

Here's what her projected route (given below) was at the start of the expedition.

Expedition 196 

Take a look at her incredible journey through her Instagram pics :)

Cassie

IMAGE: That's Cassie with her bags all packed, ready to head out on her incredible journey. 

All photographs: Kind Courtesy Expedition_196/Instagram

Cassie's passports

IMAGE: Take a look at her passports! 

Cassie

IMAGE: Cassie soaking in the beauty of Odessa, Ukraine -- one of her favourite cities on the expedition.

Cassie's Expedition 196

IMAGE: 'I really don't know how much more beautiful this scene could get here at #Plitvice Lakes in #Croatia,' she captioned this pic. 

Expedition 196

IMAGE: Cassie is all smiles as she poses with the Tiger's Nest in Bhutan in the background. 

Cassie

IMAGE: She's having a blast skiing in Colarado. 

Expedition 196

IMAGE: Cassie at the Bryce Canyon in Utah with its crimson-colour rock formations. 

Expedition 196

IMAGE: The Milky Way, Palau makes for a stunning location. Cassie also had a mud bath in the blue waters of the Palau. 

Cassie

IMAGE: She can't stop raving on Instagram about this successful selfie she took at Lake Bled, Slovenia, without rolling off the boat. 

Cassie

IMAGE: She goes click, click, click at Theth, a village in Albania's Shkodra region. 

Expedition 196

IMAGE: At the Church of Saint John the Baptist at Chesme Palace, Russia. It looks like it has been made of candy canes :)

Expedition 196

IMAGE: That's her at Iceland. 'The sun rose at 11:30 am and set at 3:30,' she wrote along with this pic. 

Expedition 196

IMAGE: 'The things I've learned in my travels to over 85 countries across 6 continents in my life, have opened up my eyes to an educational experience that college never exposed me to,' she captioned this pic of her at Panama. 

Expedition 196

IMAGE: Doesn't she look thrilled to be in the United Arab Emirates?
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