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.
9. Costa Rica
All images by Cassie De Pecol except where noted.