10 Must-See Destinations From the Woman Who Visited All 196 Countries

When we last checked in on Cassie De Pecol, she was a little over a month away from completing her goal of visiting all 196 countries. And now that she's become the youngest, fastest, and first American female to fully stamp her passport, De Pecol is continuing her mission of spreading peace.

She maintains the purpose of Expedition 196 through speaking engagements and seminars on how to develop travel or passion projects. Certainly, after completing her journey in just 18 months, she's gained a wealth of knowledge to share. Already she's spoken to over 16,000 students and dignitaries across 38 countries while on her voyage.

“This Expedition really wasn’t about me at all. 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 shares. “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; the safety, kindness, and the similarities of 99% of people around the world.”

With 196 countries to choose from, what are the “must sees” according to this globetrotter? De Pecol shares her top 10 countries around the world, some of which may surprise you.

10. USA

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The colorful fall leaves of New England left a lasting impression for the Connecticut native, who says everyone should experience them at least once.

9. Costa Rica

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Why Costa Rica? “Monkeys, fresh fruit, good music, and volcanoes…need I say more,” De Pecol shares with The Telegraph. (Image via Mariamichelle)

8. Peru

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Both the Amazon rainforest and the Aguas Calientes—the gateway to Machu Pichu—cannot be missed when visiting Peru. (Image via skeeze)

7. Tunisia

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African culture with a Middle Eastern feel, coupled with incredible archeology, nabbed Tunisia its must-see title.

6. Oman

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Visiting the desert and mountains of Oman gave a whole different lifestyle perspective from those who live in the area.

5. Pakistan

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After a four month wait for a visa, De Pecol's visit to Pakistan didn't disappoint. She was especially enamored with Pakistani cuisine.

4. Vanuatu

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Vanuatu is home to some of the kindest people De Pecol encountered on her 18-month adventure.

3. Maldives

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Crystal clear water and pristine beaches landed the Maldives on the list.

2. Bhutan

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The smallest state in Asia took second place for its peaceful environment and lifestyle.

1. Mongolia

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Immersing herself in the wilderness and riding wild horses were the reason De Pecol chose Mongolia as her top pick.

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h/t: [The Telegraph]

All images by Cassie De Pecol except where noted.


Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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