Over the past week there have been tons of headlines across all form of media about Cassie DePecol who reports having visited every country in the world. And she’s only 27.
But along with the impressive feat there’s another one being attributed to her.
The consistent claim that she’s the first woman to have done it. My reaction when I first heard this a week or so ago was, that can’t be true, can it? That I know a handful of guys who have accomplished it, but were there really no women?
If it was true, that she was really breaking some kind of solo traveler mold, then that’s impressive. And there’s no question that men are represented heavily in my field of travel.
On the other hand I certainly know many female travel bloggers, one has even booked awards for BookYourAward.com for some time. Many do the ‘nomadic’ thing, traveling for months at a time. None really racked up this achievement?
Earlier this week Rapid Travel Chai wrote a guide on “The Women Who Have Traveled to Every Country in the World” — Stefan is himself “at 189 UN countries and 292 Travelers’ Century Club territories.” He reports that the Travelers Century Club has a female President and Vice President.
And he contends there are at least 10 women in addition to DePecol who have visited every country in the world.
Phyllis Henson (also completed TCC list)
Dorothy Pine (also completed TCC list)
Audrey Walsworth (also completed TCC list)
DePecol claims to have done it in 18 months and 26 days which is as impressive as doing it by age 27. So this isn’t meant in any way to diminish her achievement.
At the same time, there’s no need for her achievement to diminish the accomplishments of other women who have come before her.
Congratulations to Cassie DePecol for visiting every country in the world, doing it by age 27, and in just over a year and a half. Congratulations to all of the women and men who have set foot in each of the world’s countries before.