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Woman breaks world record for visiting every country in the world in fastest time

The Independent logo The Independent 15/02/2017 Rachel Hosie

It's taken her just over 18 months © Independent It's taken her just over 18 months We are a generation for whom jetting off to far-flung, exotic places on the other side of the world is considerably easier than it was for our parents and grandparents.

But one young woman has just broken a Guinness World Record for visiting all the countries in the world in the shortest amount of time.

27-year-old Cassie De Pecol from Connecticut set off on 24 July 2015 and completed her ambitious project on 2 February 2017, documenting her journey online as she went.

‘Expedition 196’, as her challenge was named, saw De Pecol smash the existing record of three years and three months, set by previous record-holder Yili Liu. De Pecol visited all 196 countries in 18 and a half months.

Previously working in the corporate world, De Pecol quit her job in 2012 and now describes herself as “a world traveller, explorer, environmental activist, women’s rights and peace activist, educator, triathlete, and entrepreneur.”

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