Cassandra DePecol

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Cassandra De Pecol
Born (1989-06-23) June 23, 1989 (age 30)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationAuthor, activist, traveler, speaker
Website

Cassandra De Pecol (born June 23, 1989) is an American author, traveler, activist, and speaker best known for her claim of being the first documented woman to travel to every sovereign nation in the world. She officially set Guinness World Records in two categories: "Fastest time to visit all sovereign countries" and "Fastest time to visit all sovereign countries - Female". She is also known for appearing on the reality television series Naked and Afraid. In July 2018, she released her memoir; Expedition 196: The First Woman on Record to Travel Every Country in the World[1].

Biography[edit]

Cassandra De Pecol was born June 23, 1989 in Connecticut, United States. After graduating from high school in 2007, she attended Long Island University, Green Mountain College, and Santa Barbara City College before traveling in Europe for two years. Following her return from Europe, she worked as a foreign aid intern in Rurrenabaque, Bolivia and an advisor at an eco hotel with the Achuar in Ecuador. After trying a regular day job for a while, she launched her trip around the world.[2]

De Pecol is now an author, environmental traveler, activist and speaker.[2][3][4][5]

World travels[edit]

From July 24, 2015, to February 2, 2017, De Pecol traveled to every sovereign nation in the world.[6][7] She has two Guinness World Records: "Fastest time to visit all sovereign countries" and "Fastest time to visit all sovereign countries - Female".[8][9][10] She is also the youngest woman (at 27 years old), and youngest American to travel to every sovereign country in the world.[11] Additionally, she claims to be the first woman on record to travel to every sovereign country but this claim is disputed.[12][13][14] She has cited Amelia Earhart, Jeanne Baret, and Nellie Bly as among her influences. [15]In July 2018, she released her memoir; Expedition 196: The First Woman on Record to Travel Every Country in the World[16].

While traveling, she spoke to over 16,000 university students in 40 countries, and acted as a peace ambassador for the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism.[11] Though she planted trees to help offset her carbon footprint, she was criticized for taking a large number of flights, as well as for spending only a little time in each country.[6][11] The trip around the world cost about US$111,000 and was funded by sponsors that De Pecol obtained throughout the Expedition.[17] [18]

She documented her travels on her blog, Expedition 196, responding to critics of her travels and explaining the humanitarian and environmental focus of her trip.[19] She also filmed her travels in order to create a documentary.[20][21]

Other appearances[edit]

On December 8, 2013, DePecol appeared on the show Naked and Afraid in a special called "Double Jeopardy".[22][23] She received the lowest score of any contestant in the first season who completed the 21 day challenge.[23]


References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Expedition-196-Personal-Journal-Country/dp/1544511515
  2. ^ a b De Pecol, Cassandra. "About Cassandra (Cassie) De Pecol". Expedition 196, LLC. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "Peace through sustainable tourism is possible: World Traveler Cassandra De Pecol, tells the Oslo Times". The Oslo Times. November 12, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ NClarkson (2017-03-07). "Cassie De Pecol on breaking down barriers". Virgin. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  5. ^ "This woman visited every country on Earth". CNN Travel. 2017-02-10. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  6. ^ a b Rizzo, Cailey (February 13, 2017). "27-year-old Becomes First Woman to Visit Every Country in the World". Travel + Leisure. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  7. ^ Lippe-McGraw, Jordi (February 20, 2017). "How this woman funded her record-breaking trip to every country in the world". Today. Retrieved March 11, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ Stephenson, Kristen (March 31, 2017). "Monday Motivation: Around the world in 558 days". Guinness World Records. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  9. ^ "Fastest time to visit all sovereign countries".
  10. ^ "Fastest time to visit all sovereign countries (female)".
  11. ^ a b c Del Valle, Lauren; Moghe, Sonia (February 10, 2017). "This woman visited every country on Earth in record time". CNN. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  12. ^ McNulty, Rose (February 13, 2017). "How Cassandra DePecol became the first woman to travel every country on the planet—and stayed insanely fit". Men's Fitness. Retrieved March 11, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  13. ^ Krasowski, Stefan (February 15, 2017). "The Women Who Have Traveled to Every Country in the World (Media Fact-Checking Guide)". Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  14. ^ Lintz, Janice S. (May 22, 2017). "Is The Media Spreading Fake News?". Huffington Post. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  15. ^ De Pecol, Cassie (2017), "196 Countries Solo, as a Woman.", National Women's History Museum
  16. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Expedition-196-Personal-Journal-Country/dp/1544511515
  17. ^ Schwarz, Kirrily (November 5, 2016). "Cassie De Pecol traveled to every country in the world, but we have some questions". News.com.au. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  18. ^ "This 27-Year-Old Is the Fastest Woman to Visit Every Country in the World. Here's How She Paid for It". Money. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  19. ^ De Pecol, Cassandra. "Common Misconceptions". Expedition 196. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  20. ^ Rachel Hosie (February 13, 2017). "Woman breaks world record for visiting every country in the world in fastest time". The Independent. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  21. ^ Quezada, Veronica (March 27, 2017). "This 27-Year-Old Is the First Woman to Visit Every Country in the World. Here's How She Paid for It". Time.com. Money. Retrieved April 4, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  22. ^ "Cassie DePecol". Discovery. 2013-12-01. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  23. ^ a b Vorel, Jim. "Naked, afraid and hostile: The Discovery Channel's human drama". Herald-Review.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.