Recently, on May 31, 2019, Lexie Alford a 21-year-old American lady stepped in North Korea and hit the record of being the youngest individual to go to each nation on the earth. She has around 10,000 bits of proof to be confirmed by Guinness and is under the procedure. She professes to have broken the Guinness World Record held by James Asquith, who won the title in 2013 at 24 years old. She even broke records of different voyagers Cassie De Pecol, who broke the Guinness World Record for being the fastest woman to visit each nation.
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OFFICIALLY TRAVELED TO EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD🌍🤯 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ it’s crazy to have years of hard work culminate into one single moment. I’m so grateful to everyone that’s helped me get here. The greatest chapter of my life is coming to a close. Cheers to a new beginning 🎉⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photos by @thomasbrag
The family owns a travel agency and throughout her childhood, she was a traveling kid. Her love for traveling is of course from her parents too. “Travel has been a part of my life since before I can remember. My parents would take me out of school and place me on independent study for weeks and months at a time every year.”
Till 2016 she had traveled to 72 countries and that made her believe that she could break the record of traveling to all the 196 sovereign nations. She was 18 when she decided to set her aim. “I graduated from high school two years early and had gotten an associate’s degree from a local college. I was ready to start my gap year when I dropped the idea of going back to school and began to pursue the record full-time.”
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Misunderstood creatures 🐍 I honestly did a terrible job planning my trip in Sri Lanka. I usually try to get away from cities and tourist traps to get a more authentic feel for the country I’m visiting. Choosing the path less traveled can occasionally/inevitably lead to unexpected complications, wasted time and frustration. Sometimes we miss once in a lifetime opportunities. Sometimes our experiences don’t live up to the expectations we created in our minds. And that’s to be expected! Being able to accept that things didn’t go the way you wanted them to and making the best of it anyway is a really important life lesson traveling has taught me. This photo reminds me that even mistakes can result in something awesomely unexpected😊
She even mentions saying her whole travel was self-funded. She preferred saving money and did not spend more on materialistic things. During her travel, she did a few brand deals and blogging that way it helped her fund her project.
“The countries that have such a bad reputation that people don’t dare to go are the places that spark my curiosity,” she says. “I experienced so much more kindness and natural beauty in places like Pakistan and Venezuela than I ever found in typical tourist destinations. Going somewhere with no expectations and being absolutely blown away by what you find there has been the most fulfilling part of this project.” Alford says this when she talks about her some of the moments while traveling to some dangerous and unsafe places.
She talks about her future that “I’m currently writing a book about my experiences in every country and the lessons I’ve learned along the way. I’m also going to start public speaking – my first TEDx talk is on June 15th. After finally completing this massive life goal, I’ll be taking the next few months to nourish my physical and mental health as I make plans for the future.”
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