Cassie De Pecol
First Woman to Travel to all 196 Countries
“I saw people in history making big changes and I wanted to make a big change in my life.” The trip took 18 months and 10 days. She was inspired by another first, Amelia Earhart.
In the summer of 2010, Cassie saved up $2,000 and decided to “see the world”. She left in August of 2010 with her brother, Jason, to Belgium where they then spent the next month traveling to the walls of Berlin, the gardens of Munich and the mountains of Switzerland, before parting ways. Her brother went on to travel to France before returning home, while Cassie’s travels took her to Turkey, where she’d spend the next two months working across Olympus, Kas, Fethiye, and traveling everywhere in between. She was able to travel for two years by couch surfing and working at eco B&B’s and resorts which gave her an enormous understanding of worldwide culture and eco-conscious hospitality venues and finally landed back in California. During these years Cassie had traveled to roughly 25 countries and made the $2,000 last through budget travel and working along the way.
With major travel experience under her belt and an intense passion for travel, ecology, women’s achievement while promoting peace, Cassie decided to make “an impact on the world” and began planning the “Expedition 196.” In July of 2015, after a year and a half of planning, saving money, obtaining sponsors and endorsements, she launched her Expedition on stage LIVE at a major public event called The World Domination Summit, in Portland, Oregon.
In 2017, Cassie, at 27 years old, has finished her journey, “Expedition 196” in Guinness World Record time. As of February 2017, Cassie has traveled to 196 countries alone. Cassie is now working on the editing and distribution of the educational documentary she’s been filming, a book, TV shows, speaking engagements, branding agreements and has developed a seminar to help other fulfill their dreams and passions in travel.
Learn more about Cassie at her website.
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