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The Real Reason I Traveled to 196 Countries: Cassie De Pecol (Transcript)


Cassie De Pecol at TEDxMileHigh

Full transcript of American author and traveler Cassie De Pecol’s TEDx Talk: The Real Reason I Traveled to 196 Countries at TEDxMileHigh conference. This event occurred on July 8, 2017.


Notable quote from the talk: 

“At first I refused, but then sheepishly agreed. I didn’t know what his wife would think of him bringing home a young, blond American girl at midnight. But when we arrived to their little concrete home, she greeted me with a kiss on the cheek and made the bed for me. It wasn’t until the next morning when I saw her sleeping on a one-inch thick foam pad on the kitchen floor with a floral sheet draped over her. She had given me her own bed to sleep in.”


Cassie De Pecol – American author and traveler

Who in their right mind would travel alone to 196 countries?

When someone finds out I’ve done something that no other woman on this planet has done, and broken two Guinness World Records, they usually have a few questions for me, They want to know how I pulled it off, what my experience was like, and why I even did it in the first place?

Today, I’m excited to share with you how it took me three years to plan and raise money for the 18-month trip, what my experience was like traveling alone as a woman, and I’m going to talk about something I’ve never talked about publicly before: the real reason why I did this expedition.

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