Cassie De Pecol Shares Her 7 Favorite Destinations

After becoming the first female to visit all the countries on our planet, Cassie De Pecol decided to share her 7 favorite destinations.

Cez and Agness from, an adventure travel blog that provides unique travel tips and interesting facts about destinations across the whole globe, were particularly inspired by the story of Cassie De Pecol, a young woman who has been to every country in the world. Since both of them are experienced travelers, it only makes sense that they take local advice from other adventurers like Cassie.

From Cassie De Pecol's Facebook Page

Cassie De Pecol achieved what most people could only dream of. This young woman from Connecticut managed to travel to every single 196 sovereign nations on our planet. Not only did Cassie become the first woman to do this, but she became the fastest person to visit every country in the world. This 27-year-old woman managed to travel the whole globe in just 18 months and 26 days, thus significantly beating the old record of three years and three months.

Cassie embarked on her adventure in July 2015 and completed it this February. She spent about two to five days in each country. The whole journey ended up costing her around $137,000. Although her goal was to promote peace throughout the world, she also decided to share some of her favorite destinations for all of the travel enthusiasts around the globe. Here are her top 7 picks:


First off, Cassie recommends visiting the Maldives if you want to see “the bluest water, the whitest sand, and the most stunning beaches.” It comes as no surprise that this country made it onto her list, considering that it’s one of the most known and adored travel destinations on the planet. Although you may think that this country is only for the rich, you can actually stay in Malé, the capital of Maldives, for less than $25 a day.

The Maldives is best known for having some of the best beaches on the planet. People come here to relax and forget about the challenges they usually have to face daily by exploring and availing of a Maldives package. If you’re looking to take it slow for several days, then this country is the perfect vacation spot for you.

If you have an interest in marine life, then you will be pleasantly surprised to see just how clear the waters of the Maldives are. If you thought that was awesome, then you should also know that because the water is so warm here, most people don’t even wear a wet-suit when they go diving.


Cassie De Pecol says that you should definitely visit Mongolia if you want “to be immersed in the remote wilderness and to ride the wild horses.” Most people probably wouldn’t put this country in their top picks, but she absolutely fell in love with it.

Mongolia is the perfect travel destination for any person that enjoys the outdoors. If you love exploring natural beauty in peace and quiet, then you will probably be spending a lot of time in this country in the future. It’s hard not to fall in love with the camping spots and the hiking trails Mongolia has to offer.


More specifically, Cassie recommends visiting the town of Sidi Bou Said, which is relatively close to Tunisia’s capital. She noted that this country will make you “experience North African culture with a Middle Eastern feel and an immense amount of archaeological history.”

Sidi Bou Said is a town located on top of a steep cliff that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. It’s noted for its simple, but alluring architecture. Due to its picturesque beauty, Sidi Bou Said is usually crowded with tourists throughout the day. After all, it is one of the most common stops for tour groups who come to the country. If you like peace and quiet, then you will enjoy this town when the sun sets and most of the tourists who aren’t staying here leave.

Costa Rica

“Monkeys, fresh fruit, good music, and volcanoes. Need I say more?” This is all that Cassie said when she mentioned that Costa Rica was one of her favorite countries that she’s ever been to.

Costa Rica is an amazing country for nature lovers, since it is known for having some of the most beautiful hiking trails on the planet. Just by going on a few hikes, you will be able to see the variety of life in tropical rainforests, volcanoes, and waterfalls. Upon finishing a hike, you can take a surf lesson or enjoy the afternoon at some of the great beaches this country has to offer.


Cassie De Pecol has said that people should visit Bhutan in order to “learn the ethics of peaceful living.” It comes as no surprise that she felt like there is a lot to be learned about peaceful living here considering that traditional Buddhist culture is extremely present in the lives of the people that live in Bhutan.

Apart from experiencing the allure of the Himalayan landscape, you will also have a chance to visit the Paro Taktsang, otherwise known as Tiger’s Nest, one of the most famous Buddhist temples on the planet.

Cassie had a lot to say about her trip to Tiger’s Nest. She noted that “the pilgrimage to Paro Taktsang was something out of Avatar, a dream to trek through low-hanging clouds with a harrowing drop at any given moment on either side. Prayer flags swayed through the pines, prayer wheels spinning in the breeze, and tsa-tsas (ashes of the dead) wedged between crevices of stone.”


Cassie spoke very highly of the countries located in the Middle East. “All of this negative stuff we hear in the news and from politicians about Muslims and the Middle East couldn’t be further from the truth in regards to how kind, helpful and happy the people are, generally speaking. Also, the culture is very unique, the landscapes are beautiful, the food is delicious,” she noted.

With that being said, Oman easily found its way onto her list. She feels like people should visit this country in order to immerse themselves “in the desert and mountains, while learning from locals who live in the mountains - it’s a whole different lifestyle.”


Cassie said that she was very eager to visit Pakistan because she had to wait four months to get her visa approved. However, upon arriving here, she wasn’t disappointed. She noted that her trip to Pakistan was very educational and culturally enriching. She also recommended visiting this place “to get a true sense of raw, authentic Asian culture, and for the food.”

Everybody has their own favorite vacation spots according to their preferences. Some people enjoy visiting big cities, while others constantly search for a secluded retreat. However, if you are unsure about where to go next, then you might want to listen to Cassie De Pecol. After all, she did visit every country in the world…

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About the guest writer(s):

Agness and Cez are “travel buddies and best friends. Originally hailing from Poland, (they) ditched their nine-to-five’s in favor of taking off for unique adventures around the world. Ever since 2011, that’s when it all started!” They have since written their adventures on their travel blog eTramping

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