Красотка Кассандра уже посетила 181 одну страну — осталось совсем немного.

Уроженка штата Коннектикут Кассандра де Пеколь приближается к концу своего путешествия Expedition196: она уже побывала в 181 стране. Поездка началась в июле прошлого года с островов в Тихом океане. Если все пройдет гладко, Кассандра войдет в Книгу рекордов Гиннесса как человек, который быстрее всех объехал все суверенные государства плюс еще одиннадцать стран.

В блоге на сайте своей экспедиции Кассандра пишет: «Будучи молодой женщиной, я всегда мечтала повидать как можно больше стран — и сделать мир лучше. Меня беспокоило, что я не понимала, как это осуществить».

После многих лет путешествий и жизни за границей Кассандра получила магистерскую степень и стала консультантом по устойчивому развитию. Однажды она купила большую карту мира — и стала планировать свое путешествие.

Уже после отправления Кассандра записала в свой блог следующее: «Я смотрю в глаза молодежи и слушаю их — это помогает им реализовать свой потенциал и бесчисленные возможности, вот для этого я и живу».

Амбициозная кругосветка уже обошлась Кассандре в 200 тысяч долларов, причем она почти целиком финансировалась спонсорами. Путешественница старается соответствовать правилам и принципам экологического туризма и продвигать идеи устойчивого развития планеты.

В своем инстаграме Кассандра пишет: «Я думаю, многие меня поймут. Кошмары и ужасы, что я иногда вижу, тяжело осознать: война, голод, унижения, несправедливость, жестокость. Если честно, я отчаянно стараюсь сосредотачиваться на хорошем, но иногда я обнаруживаю, что от меня зависит немногое. Помимо хороших и счастливых вещей, которыми я с вами ежедневно делюсь, я не буду избегать и мрачных тем — в надежде на то, что в результате это приведет к положительным изменениям».

Traveling through Africa has been the most challenging for me. It's not only the most expensive leg (flights, hotels), the one that requires the most visas in advance that are also expensive, but physically challenging as well, with needing to be careful with my water and food intake, malaria prevention, etc. as well. In my lifetime, I've experienced an immense amount of poverty in countries around the world and have lived/worked in impoverished nations, but I've never seen anything like what I have seen so far throughout Western Africa in particular. I've had such an urge to want to jump outside of my body and leave everything I have to just walk through the villages and live with these people, sit on the side of the road with them. The other day driving around in Bamako it took everything in me to not just jump out of the car and start walking into the dead of night. I can't explain this feeling but I don't expect anyone to relate, as if this Expedition were unrelatable enough, but I've never really had the feeling of wanting to become invisible to the point of where I can safely live like a local in some of these countries, without being viewed as a tourist or "white girl" or that I had any money at all. When I'm in these places, I feel for these people and the way they live. I can't believe that if I were back in the states this weekend I'd probably be concerned about feeding my dogs more than myself, and baking a pumpkin pie or going to Starbucks for a pumpkin spice latte. But this weekend... I'm here. And it pained me to eat even just plate of steamed vegetables knowing that these people outside are suffering in this 95 degree dry heat, landlocked with little resources for water and food, where the life expectancy is just 54 years old. Maybe when you drink a pumpkin spice latte today, you can think of this. These people would kill for one (I would too, figuratively speaking 😬). It's not to feel guilty for what we have, but I think we have a responsibility as earthlings to be educated and subconsciously aware. At the end of the day, we don't have a choice what society we're born into, but we can at least be aware.

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Will probably go through one more of these bad boys before I finish #expedition196 💅🏽 #braggingrights

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New vlog coming up soon of my experience at #SonevaFushi in the Maldives! 🐬♻️

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After a 1 hour and 15 minute fast paced uphill trek, I arrived at Paro Taktsang. The pilgrimage was like something out of Avatar, a dream to trek, through low hanging clouds with a harrowing drop at any given moment on either side. Prayer flags swayed through the pines, prayer wheels spinning in the breeze, and tsa-tsas (ashes of the dead) wedged between crevices of stone. Passing over a bridge and waterfall and up the last flight of stairs, I entered one of the chambers where I was completely alone. Tip-toeing past the glowing butter candles and sacred relics, I kneeled on a rug, cracked open an aged window and rested my head on the windowsill to reflect and admire the massive 2,000ft plunge into the vast Himalayan valley below, as clouds swiftly passed. Without my phone or camera equipment, I was able to consciously enjoy this moment in peace. 🏔 • • • #expedition196 #everycountryintheworld

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New vlog is up, link in bio 📽🌎 • • • #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism #EveryCountryInTheWorld #Ecuador

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A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open. - Frank Zappa • • • Visited the inside of a Mosque for the first time yesterday. It was the Grand Mosque in Bahrain, and it was so beautiful. Keeping an open mind is so important when traveling, I literally relished the time I spent and the things I learned inside this Mosque. And I now have a newfound respect for the Islamic religion. ❤️ There's this skewed view based on the news, brainwashing us with all of this negativity and nonsense. I'm not going to get into the politics of this. All I can say is that every Muslim woman, man, student, child, that I've encountered on this expedition, across 9 Middle Eastern countries, including Afghanistan and Iran, have been so kind, loving and peaceful and I'm so incredibly grateful for my experience that I've had so far in this area in the world. Know that they too, want peace ❤️🙏🏼🌎. Thank you so much, Skål Bahrain! • • • #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism #EveryCountryInTheWorld #Bahrain

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That kayak life at @secretbay 🚣🏼 • • • #Sponsored #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism #EveryCountryInTheWorld #Dominica #Gift #tbt

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Yep, caught in the action picking fallen leaves off of the ground at St. Sophia's Cathedral in #Kiev, #Ukraine #LikeABoss 🍂🙀🍂 • • • #Fall is my all time favorite season and I'm so happy that I'm able to experience it here in Ukraine! What an oasis. The sun was peaking itself through bright yellow and orange colored leaves on trees that surround the cathedral. It was a peaceful moment to be here after an 11 hour overnight train ride. As exhausted as I was, this place renewed my sense of wonder and excitement. This country is one of my favorites ever. So much so that it gets its own blog post, which will be out in the coming days. 🍂❤️🍂❤️🍂 • • • #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism

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