A young lady from Connecticut, U.S.A has become the youngest woman to travel and document all 196 countries in the world.
Cassie De Pecol traveled countries tasting their cuisines, getting to know their culture and history. During her travel she kept her followers updated with her regular Instagram posts and pictures.
From all the countries she visited, Cassie has 10 countries on her top list that she would visit again. And guess what Pakistan is on #5th.
The hospitality I've received so far in #Pakistan and specifically #Karachi has been astounding! From being offered a random, free upgrade to business class on @gulfair to being graced with the amazing hospitality of the crew and entering the cockpit and meeting the Pilot (the Captain knew about my Expedition before I even told him!), speaking to the students at the Institute of Business Administration, meeting the Mayor of Karachi, Mr. Wasim Akhtar, for the planting of the Cedrus Deodara tree (the National Tree of Pakistan) 🌲, coming back to my beautiful (sponsored) hotel and seeing my story and Mission on the front page of Traveller International, and finally, meeting with @rotaryinternational tonight! So incredibly humbling. Also, just comes to show (for those who think I'm not seeing anything in the countries I visit and that 2-5 days isn't enough) that it's all about time management and maximizing every moment of your time to make the most with what you have. But same applies to everything else in life, doesn't it? My time here in Pakistan has just begun and has been one of the many wonderfully educational and culturally enriching experiences on #Expedition196. Don't judge a book by its color or a country by the media. Much love ❤️🇵🇰 #peacethroughtourism • • • ✨Snapchat @ cassiedepecol To view all videos from today including the tree planting and meeting with the Mayor, head to Facebook.com/expedition196 ✨
cassie had to wait 4 months to get her visa for Pakistan. But she was not disappointed at all. She says the wait was worth it all.
The reason she wanted to visit Pakistan was to get a true sense of Asian culture and authentic Asian food.
Further, she added visiting Pakistan was a very nourishing and enriching experience altogether.
Cassie says, visiting Pakistan was a privilege. The image that the media and government show us can be very manipulative. I wanted to experience it all by myself. And the best example was to go on this euphoric adventure and learn about their culture from the people themselves.
The way I prefer to travel is to leave all preconceptions at the door and walk in with a completely open mind. 💆🏼 • • • When I used to travel, I'd sometimes extensively research the country; the good, the bad, where to go, what to do. By doing this, my mind naturally conditioned itself into thinking that the reflection of that country from the media or from what other people told me, was true, and because of this, I was almost just waiting to see or experience something good or bad from these preconceived notions. Sadly, I ended up experiencing more negative experiences than good because much of this research typically led me to media and government sites that would say everything they could to steer me away. Well, I decided to let that all go and this time around, to refrain from researching countries before I arrive (aside from the basic visa, language, currency, etc.) and to instead learn first hand from the people there what gives their country a "sense of place". I find that my experience now when I travel, is much more euphoric and positive in doing so. A great example of this practice surfaced during my stay in Pakistan. People were scared for me when I told them I was going, although I personally looked at the opportunity as both a privilege and unique adventure. Having been to places such as Afghanistan, Somalia and North Korea, alone for example, I had zero worries about entering Pakistan and just knew it would exceed my expectations in the best way possible. What we hear in the media can be so degrading and devastating, but this shouldn't deter us from experiencing that country first hand. By using tourism as a means for #peace, we have the ability to open our eyes to the truth when we experience these places through our own perceptions while learning directly from the local people. Once we realize the common denominator of humanity, we'll judge less, and accept more. We will be more open to the kindness of people around the world and that most people just want peace, too. ✌🏽️🇵🇰 • • • #Expedition196
Cassie was deeply moved by the hospitality of the people and plans to visit Pakistan soon.