Cassandra De Pecol
Cassandra De Pecol (born June 23, 1989) 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.
Cassandra De Pecol
|Occupation||Author, activist, traveler, speaker, social media influencer|
|Years active||2014 - Present|
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 beat 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.
On December 8, 2013, DePecol appeared on the show Naked and Afraid in a special called "Double Jeopardy". She received the lowest score of any contestant in the first season who completed the 21 day challenge.
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- Gore, Leada (2019-06-14). "24-year-old Alabama woman now holds 4 Guinness World Records". al. Retrieved 2019-10-26.
- Writer, Drew TaylorStaff. "Tuscaloosa native sets Guinness records for world travels". Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 2019-10-26.
- Our correspondent (February 6, 2020). "How 'Lexie Limitless' became the youngest person to visit every country". Manorama Online. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
...According to The Guinness World Records, on October 4, 2019 Alexis Alford became the youngest person... The 21-year-old most popularly known by her Instagram handle @lexielimitless hails from a small town...
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- 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.
- "This 27-Year-Old Is the Fastest Woman to Visit Every Country in the World. Here's How She Paid for It". Time. Archived from the original on March 28, 2017. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
- 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.
- "Cassie DePecol". Discovery. 2013-12-01. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
- Vorel, Jim. "Naked, afraid and hostile: The Discovery Channel's human drama". Herald-Review.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.