AFRICA – Dubbed, “The Peaceful Traveler’s Journey,” Cassandra De Pecol is attempting to become the first documented woman to travel to 196 nations” in record time to set a Guinness World Record. In the process, she wishes to promote women’s achievement, peace, and sustainability, claiming that Millennials can unite the world.
“Our generation, ‘The Millennials,’ have a unique opportunity to change the world with the Internet and instant communication which has no borders. We are all connected, and my journey is showing that connection. Millennials can unite the world,” says the 26-year-old Connecticut native, who visited Seychelles from July 21-24, as part of her Guinness World Record-setting expedition that includes stopovers in 196 countries.
As part of her tour, she also hopes to demonstrate that her generation can create positive peaceful relations with all countries, in part through sustainable tourism, which brings cultures together and makes a positive impact on the environment, society, and economy. An educational documentary will follow upon successful completion of her expedition.
Visiting each country as an Ambassador of the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) and Skal International (the world’s largest not-for-profit multi-discipline travel and tourism organization), Ms. De Pecol is planting trees and collecting water samples for the Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (adventurescience.org) project, to then test for the presence of micro-plastics.
Tourism is one of the only industries in the world that has seen constant growth over the past 25 years with over 1 billion people traveling in 2014,” states De Pecol.
“By traveling and meeting others and being accepting of different cultures, traditions, and beliefs, we can break down the barriers of mistrust and suspicion and really start a drive to a better and more humane world where people just simply enjoy and embrace the differences amongst us,” she added.
During her stay in Seychelles, Cassie stayed at the luxury Maia resort, filming the property and focusing on sustainability, while meeting with the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Alain St.Ange, and University Tourism students at the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA). Cassie now hopes to inform the citizens of Seychelles of her updates which includes having visited 139 countries within 12 months, presenting to over 11,500 students and dignitaries across 31 countries, and planting 40 trees across 12 countries, including in Seychelles with the Minister of Tourism and STA Principal, Mr. Flavien Joubert.
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