I came across this web site at the end of last year:
It documents an expedition by Cassie De Pecol, a 27 year old woman from Connecticut USA, who is about to break the world record for visiting every country in the world in the fastest time.
Cassie is on track to visit 196 countries in less than two years, and you can follow her progress on the web site. Just before Christmas, she racked up country number 183:
Her trip began in July 2015, and she has already filled up four passports with stamps. When she completes her list she should easily beat the current record holder, Yili Liu, who took three years and three months to complete the task. Cassie will also be the first woman to do it.
During her record-breaking trip, she is filming a documentary as well as working as an ambassador for the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism. Cassie also talks in universities around the world about responsible tourism and women’s achievement.
You can read some of her experiences on the web site, or on this article that appeared in the Independent newspaper:
I went back to look at this article recently after Alan Parkinson (@GeoBlogs) included a travel-themed task as part of his #challenGEO on Twitter – where he sets geography teachers a geographical task each week of 2017. Alan asked geography teachers to display a map showing the different countries they have visited. Mine is shown below – it may not be 196 countries, but I have been lucky enough to see quite a bit of the world. More of this in the next blog entry ….