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Dream of Globetrotting at 30?

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If you’ve long abandoned your dream of globetrotting at 30, then it’s time you get inspiration from Cassie De Pecol and Expedition 196, which is a 27-year-old’s attempt to break the current Guinness World Record for Fastest Person to Travel the World.

 

Official start of Expedition 196 begins in Koror, Palau! July 24th, 2015 @ 9:00pm UTC/GMT +9 hours time. Let's EXPLORE! 🌎🌍🌎 • • • "Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life." – Jack Kerouac • • • Thanks to the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) and Skal International! Also to my sponsors @airnz @clifbarcompany @eagle_creek @eaglesnestoutfitters @dogearedjewelry @aviancabrasil @sixsensessamui @westcomb #AIG #Travisa #IridiumCommunications @kmwntc @therealctkravmaga! And all of my supporters! It's finally begun! 🌟🌎🙏🏼 #Expedition196

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De Pecol, who hails from Washington, Connecticut, officially started Expedition 196 in Koror, Palau, in July 2015. She has ticked off 180 countries in 15 months, visiting all countries in Oceania, Europe, North America, and South America. She has five more countries to visit in Asia and eight countries in Africa.

 

Juba from the skies 🕊 Upon arrival, I couldn't have been more astounded by the kindness of strangers who showed me the way. I was supposed to meet my friend Alex there who himself is South Sudanese, but quickly realized that it was going to be a challenge to get in touch with one another since I couldn't find wifi. I wasn't concerned, but was definitely upset that we couldn't connect. Nevertheless, coming here alone while not on a Mission with the UN felt strange, since that's what all the foreigners seemed to be coming for, but I ended up really connecting with the people there as I just wondered alone through the streets. Proof that kindness exists everywhere ❤️🌎 • • • #expedition196

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“Going to every country was for me a personal quest to learn as much as I could about our world, stepping outside my comfort zone and becoming comfortable in the unknown, while also aiming to leave a legacy behind.” (Cassie De Pecol)

 

 

 “This expedition is a matter of maximizing every single moment that I have within a given day, to absorb as much as I can with the little time that I have on this earth.” (Cassie De Pecol)

 

Let's Talk Money: Part II 💸 Still, so many questions coming in about getting sponsored. "I want a sponsor", "I want sponsors to pay for my travels", etc. • • • Let me be frank, finding sponsors is not easy, in fact for me, besides the visas, keeping a steady cash flow was the most difficult aspect of this Expedition. About 8 months in, I was really struggling and had to keep taking breaks to come home to be proactive in reaching out to potential companies again. And we're not taking 10-20, we're taking 500-1,000. Sorry to disappoint, but companies will not give you their money just for you to "travel". It's essential that you have a purpose, a Mission, and an end result to make them see the value in contributing to your project, even if that project includes travels. To be honest, I had already traveled to 25 countries on my own with my own money where I backpacked and worked along the way to maximize the $2k that I saved the summer prior, and made it work. This trip for me wasn't about seeing the world and enjoying myself, I needed it to be WAY more than that if I was to dispel all of my energy taking this huge risk. I consider myself a salesperson. I offer these companies something that benefits their business and in return, they provide my company with cash/goods/services. • • • Once you've found your: A) Passion B) Purpose C) Mission and D) Have committed yourself to your vision Here are some tips as to finding funding for your project (any project, but let's use travel in this case)… • Develop your brand/company into something marketable (read books, do your research, craft your business plan) • Get a non-profit or two to back you up, endorse you, even fund your venture • Find a mentor • Make business cards • Network. Find conferences, professional events, use LinkedIn, etc. Make friends with the people within your industry and develop proper connections • Create a proposal, sponsorship deck and short pitch • Develop an Excel spreadsheet of all the companies that resonate with your values • Find their emails and, • Pitch your proposal/deck — Hopefully these tips will get you one step closer towards achieving your travel/career goals. 🌝🌎

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De Pecol documents her journey and writes about her experiences on the Expedition 196 website. She also hopes to raise awareness for sustainable travel as well as promote peace through tourism. Although her travels did not come cheap, she has spent approximately $198,000 in travel expenses. Thankfully, she is able to raise funds and donations along the way, which have helped ease the financial burden.

 

These days, I find that more often than not I have a difficult time smiling. Life isn't as comical as it used to be for me (#adulthood). I'm home now, obtaining the last of the visas for the 19 countries left, and for the first time, trying to wrap my head around what I just went through these past 15 months. I'm sure that many of you can relate to the feelings that I have; the nightmares and the sadness when it comes to seeing and experiencing certain things that are very challenging to comprehend. That being war, famine, harassment, unfairness, brutality, etc. To be honest, I'm trying desperately to focus on the good, but sometimes I find that I have to just let the mental challenge of it all run its course. I've written down every moment of every day since day one, and have written many deep articles as well, some which I hope to share with you all once this Expedition is completed. There's always more than meets the eye, and aside from the positive and happy times that I share with you on a daily basis, I look forward to also sharing the more somber of times, hoping that we can cultivate positive change as a result. 🌾#human #expedition196

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The triathlete and entrepreneur planned her globetrotting journey when she was 25 years old and at 27, she is down to the final 15 destinations on the list. Truly inspiring! Can’t wait to make that dream of globetrotting at 30 possible!

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