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21-year-old woman visited each country
    2019-06-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A 21-YEAR-OLD woman has achieved an unbelievable feat that many of us dream of — visiting every country on Earth.

Her epic odyssey is expected to be confirmed as smashing the current Guinness World Record for the youngest person to see all 196 sovereign nations.

Lexie Alford said she immediately felt “relief” when she stepped into country number 196 — North Korea — on May 31.

Alford, who is from California in the United States, was born into a family of travel agents, which gave her the opportunity to tour places such as Cambodia, Dubai and Egypt during her childhood, according to Forbes magazine.

She began saving up at age 12 to fund her goal of visiting all 196 countries.

By her 18th birthday, she had traveled to 72 nations. In October 2016 she realized she could see the 124 remaining nations on her list in time to set an official record.

She graduated from high school two years early, then achieved a university qualification before officially chasing the record full-time in 2016, traveling alone much of the time and overcoming challenges such as getting visas to visit less accessible countries.

She funded her mission with savings and by making money selling photographs, writing stories and promoting companies or products on social media. She also found time to co-host a travel show that comes out in November.

Researching the best flight deals and accommodation saved her money.

In 2013, James Asquith from the U.K., at the age of 24, became the youngest person to travel to all countries.

American Cassie De Pecol in 2017 became the first woman — on the fastest trip ever — to travel to all countries.

(SD-Agencies)

“One of my absolute favourite places is Angel Falls in Venezuela. My friend and I were the only people camping at the falls in Canaima National Park in November 2018 which demonstrated how much the tourism industry has been affected there since the economic crisis* began,” Ms Alford said.

“I also loved visiting Northern Pakistan, the natural beauty of the mountains and kindness of the locals was astonishing but again there’s barely any tourism in the country because of negative stereotypes* about the country in the media.

“The most pleasant surprise about travelling to all these misunderstood areas of the world was that the countries that I had least expectations for ended up being the most incredible.”

She plans to continue to “travel as much as possible”.

On her next big trip, she hopes to summit Mt Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to see the world’s largest lava lake.

She’s also working on a book and plans to host a TEDx talk on June 15.

“My advice for young people is to believe that you can do anything you set your mind to do. “If you want to travel, you have to prioritise it over other aspects* of your life.

“You have to make sacrifices to travel the world but if it’s something that’s genuinely important to you, it’s only a matter of time until you can make it a reality.”

(SD-Agencies)

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