Cassandra De Pecol, the youngest person and first woman to visit every country on Earth in a record time of 18.5 months.
Cassandra De Pecol is an American author, traveler, activist, and speaker. In 2017, she had officially set Guinness World Records in two categories: "Fastest time to visit all sovereign countries" and "Fastest time to visit all sovereign countries - Female". Both records have since been broken. She is also known for appearing on the reality television series Naked and Afraid.
From July 24, 2015, to February 2, 2017, De Pecol traveled to every sovereign nation in the world. In 2017, De Pecol had two Guinness World Records: "Fastest time to visit all sovereign countries" and "Fastest time to visit all sovereign countries - Female". Both records have since been beaten by Taylor Demonbreun. In October 2019, 21-year old American Alexis Alford broke the Guinness record for being the youngest person to do so.
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. 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. The trip around the world cost about US$111,000 and was funded by sponsors that De Pecol obtained throughout the Expedition. De Pecol filmed her travels in order to create a documentary.