(ABC News) — A Connecticut woman is on a record- breaking mission trying to become the first woman to visit every country in the world, and she wants to do it in the fastest time ever.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and everywhere in between.
One globe-trotting millennial is just a few flights away from becoming the youngest woman ever to visit every country in the world.
“I’m starting to wrap my head around it, it’s becoming really surreal now,” said Cassie De Pecol.
27-year-old De Pecol hit the road last July painstakingly plotting a 2-year-trip on an old map.
She took off from Portland, Oregon, heading to New Zealand, then Fiji, then Australia.
The Connecticut-native has instagramed her adventures as she visited beaches, mountains, and deserts around the world.
According to De Pecol, the most beautiful part of her trip has been the kindness of strangers.
“The humanity and the kindness of people around the world, I think we sometimes underestimate that,” De Pecol said.
De Pecol has already checked 181 countries off her list, with just 15 more to go before she completes her grand tour.
She has spent nearly $200,000, including her 250 plane tickets.
Her mission: Not only to set a world record, but to make a difference.
“I believe we are all one,” De Pecol said. “My goal is to educate, while promoting positive peace through sustainable tourism. That about sums it up.