10 Must-Visit Countries from the Girl Who Has Seen It All

Cassie De Pecol—the youngest woman to have travelled to every sovereign nation— reveals her top ten countries

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At the age of 27, Cassie De Pecol is the First Documented Woman to Travel to Every Sovereign Nation, First American Woman to Travel to Every Sovereign Nation,  the Youngest American to Travel to Every Sovereign Nation and also the Fastest Person to Travel to Every Nation

In July 2015, after a year and a half of planning, saving money, and getting sponsors and endorsements, she launched her worldwide expedition at The World Domination Summit, in Portland, Oregon. As of February 2017, she has visited 196 sovereign nations—that’s how many independent nations there are in the world. She reveals her top ten countries in the world and why they are a must-visit.

Mongolia

“To be immersed in the remote wilderness and to ride the wild horses”

The birthplace of Genghis Khan is the most sparser-populated sovereign nation in the world. About 30 percent of the three million people is nomadic and semi-nomadic.

Bhutan

The Dzong in the Paro valley, built in 1646 Jean-Marie Hullot – originally posted to Flickr as Cloud-hidden

“To learn the ethics of peaceful living.”

The peaceful nation ensconced in the Himalaya mountain range pioneered the concept of gross national happiness.

Maldives

The resort island of Landaa Giraavaru (Baa atoll) Frédéric Ducarme – Own work

“To see some of the bluest water, whitest sand and most stunning sand banks in the world.”

The popular tourist destination is known for it’s crystal clear waters, scuba diving and it’s picture-perfect resorts.

Vanuatu

Cinder plain of Mount Yasur on Tanna island User Bruno.menetrier on fr.wikipedia

“To experience the process of how Kava is made and to meet some of the kindest people.”

Officials known as the Republic of Vanuatu, this oceanic country is an archipelago of about 83 islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean. The nation also houses the Melanesian people— an indigenous culture that inhabits the Pacific islands.

Pakistan

Naran, Kaghan Valley TalhaHanif123 – Own work

“To get a true sense of raw, authentic Asian culture, and for the food.”

The territory of Pakistan was the cradle of several major civilisations such as the Delhi Sultanate, the Mongol Empire, the Mughal Empire, the Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilisation among others.

Oman, Arabian Peninsula 

Wahiba Sands Andries Oudshoorn – 080319-155 Oman – Sharqiya Sands – Nomadic Desert Camp Uploaded by mangostar

“To immerse yourself in the desert and mountains, while learning from locals who live in the mountains, it’s a whole different lifestyle”

The Arab nation was once a powerful empire in the late 17th century. Omani people are largely tribal.

Tunisia

The Roman amphitheater in El Djem, built during the first half of the 3rd century AD Jerzystrzelecki – Own work

To experience northern African culture with a Middle Eastern feel and an immense amount of archaeological history”

The North-African nation is is bordered by Algeria to the west and southwest, Libya to the southeast, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east. It is a malting pot of different cultures and races.

Peru

The citadel of Machu Picchu, an iconic symbol of pre-Columbian Peru Martin St-Amant (S23678) – Own work

“The Amazon rainforest and Aguas Calientes [gateway to Machu Picchu]”

Peru is home to the ancient Incan empire and extends from the Pacific coast, to the Andes Mountains to the tropical Amazon basin rainforest

Costa Rica

A coffee plantation in the Orosí Valley

“Monkeys, fresh fruit, good music and volcanoes…need I say more?”

The tiny nation of Costa Rica is one of the stable, prosperous, and progressive nations in South America. The nation has 5% of the world’s biodiversity.

United States of America

Fall foliage in the town of Stowe, Vermont Patrick from Barrington, RI, Moretown, VT, United States – Church and Autumn Leaves – Stowe, VT

“Fall in New England is something everyone should experience.”

“They say home is where the heart is, and the more I travel, the more that’s becoming more real to me,” says De Pecol.

The region of New England is made up six states in northeast United States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.