First woman to visit every single country reveals top 5 destinations

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Cassandra De Pecol has achieved a feat most of us can only dream of: she has become the first woman to travel to all 196 countries in the world.

The 27-year-old, from Washington, Connecticut, set off on her journey in July 2015, documenting her adventures and experiences of being a solo traveler on her blog, Expedition 196.

She finally completed the expedition earlier this month, after 18 months and 26 days on the road, and smashed the previous record for travelling the world in over half the time.

“I choose to live my life in a unique way,” she wrote on her blog after completing the trip.

“To live in iconic, low key lifestyle where I do what I want, when I want, and inspire those along the way.” 

Now, the intrepid explorer has used her unique knowledge of travelling to recommend her top 10 places that everyone should visit, at least once in their lives, and why, to The Telegraph.

Read more: Stylist’s travel editor on the joy of solo travel

See below for her top five – happy travelling...


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


“To learn the ethics of peaceful living.”


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


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


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


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Sarah Biddlecombe

Sarah Biddlecombe is an award-winning journalist and Digital Commissioning Editor at Stylist. Follow her on Twitter