تعرّفوا على الشابة، كاسي دي بيكول (‏Cassie De Pecol‏)، ابنة 27 عاما، من ولاية كونيتيكت الأمريكية، حاصلة على رقمين قياسيين مثيرين للاهتمام: هي الشابة الأولى التي زارت كل دول العالم، ونجحت في القيام بذلك في أقصر وقت ممكن.

بدأت رحلتها حول العالم في حزيران 2015، وفي بداية شباط 2017، اختتمت رحلتها في اليمن، الدولة الـ 196 في قائمة الدول التي زارتها. استمرت رحلتها 18 شهرا و 26 يوما، محطمة بذلك الرقم القياسي السابق، الذي استغرق 39 شهرا.

Yemen + Family + Homemade Food = Happy Cassie ☺????????

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واستقلت خلال رحلتها 255 رحلة جوية وغرست أشجارا في أكثر من 50 دولة. استخدمت 5 جوازات سفر، امتلأ كل منها الواحد تلو الآخر، وبقيت نحو 2 حتى 5 أيام في كل دولة. وفق أقوالها، كانت أصعب اللحظات في رحلتها، تتعلق بالبيروقراطية وذلك عندما كان يتعين عليها عرض تأشيرات دخول مختلفة. "ففي حالات معينة، نشرت منشورا في الفيس بوك كتبت فيه على سبيل المثال "أحتاج إلى مساعدة لدخول ليبيا" أو "ساعدوني على زيارة سوريا". تقدمت رغم عدم المعرفة التامة، وتوكلت على الأشخاص"، وفق أقوالها.

كانت هناك حاجة إلى تمويل كبير لمشروعها الذي تسميه "رحلة 196" (‏Expedition 196‎‏). للقيام بهذه الرحلة، نجحت دي بيكول في توفير 10.000 دولار من أموالها. أما بقية مبلغ الـ 198 ألف دولار لإكمال مشروعها فقد حصلت عليه من خلال التوجه إلى مصالح تجارية وناشرين. في حالات معينة، نزلت مجانا في فنادق لأصحاب رؤية بيئية، مقابل دفع الفنادق قدما في منشوراتها في الفيس بوك.

هناك مشاركة إسرائيلية في التمويل: أحد ممولي رحلتها هو تنظيم دولي للقتال المباشر (Krav Maga) وهو فن قتالي إسرائيلي معروف عالميا. تحب دي بيكول هذا النوع من الفن القتالي جدا.

في إحدى الصور التي رفعتها، تظهر مجموعة مؤلفة من نحو ألفي امرأة إسرائيلية وفلسطينية، وهن يسرن مشيا على الأقدام في شمال البحر الميت دعما للتعايش والسلام في المنطقة. "شعرت بقشعريرة. كنت أرغب في الانضمام إليهن"، كتبت تقول.

Sup? Hanging in the back of a tuk tuk asking myself, "how did I get here?" ????. Perhaps it's because I carved my own path and own who I am? My values are strong and I will never lose sight of where I want to be and who I represent. Hold true to your values. You are the dictator of your own life and you choose your own projections. Live in solidarity or take an immense risk and break free. But whatever you do, never stop learning, never stop educating yourself and beyond anything else, never stop challenging yourself for the better, do not be afraid of change. We can all become better versions of ourselves; kinder, more compassionate, more alive, more inquisitive. Be THE BEST of who you are. Each day, I wake up and look in the mirror... I immediately note my flaws, a daily reminder of the rawness and reality of it all... but when I look in the mirror I tell myself this, "I know who I am, my values are strong and I own my life. No one can dictate my future or my life. I'm here for a reason. Find that reason and flourish. Forget haters and naysayers...at the end of the day, I'm alive for an unknown period of time, and I own this being. No one can surpass who I am and who I've worked so hard to become. Why? Because I believe in my individuality and uniqueness. No one has ever known and will ever know the very intricacies of my life, but myself. Stay strong. Hold out. Just.Do.It.". Sound a bit egocentric? Perhaps. But we've all worked so hard to become the individuals we are today and it's crucial to hold true to our values and who we are. Be the change you wish to see in the world (Gandhi), be the POWER you wish to see in the world. Be COMPASSIONATE, strong and level-headed. Be yourself and be confident. Go out there and live the adventure. ???? • • • #expedition196 #expedition196entrepreneur @expedition196entrepreneur (Online Seminar Starting February 3rd)

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The way I prefer to travel is to leave all preconceptions at the door and walk in with a completely open mind. ???????? • • • When I used to travel, I'd sometimes extensively research the country; the good, the bad, where to go, what to do. By doing this, my mind naturally conditioned itself into thinking that the reflection of that country from the media or from what other people told me, was true, and because of this, I was almost just waiting to see or experience something good or bad from these preconceived notions. Sadly, I ended up experiencing more negative experiences than good because much of this research typically led me to media and government sites that would say everything they could to steer me away. Well, I decided to let that all go and this time around, to refrain from researching countries before I arrive (aside from the basic visa, language, currency, etc.) and to instead learn first hand from the people there what gives their country a "sense of place". I find that my experience now when I travel, is much more euphoric and positive in doing so. A great example of this practice surfaced during my stay in Pakistan. People were scared for me when I told them I was going, although I personally looked at the opportunity as both a privilege and unique adventure. Having been to places such as Afghanistan, Somalia and North Korea, alone for example, I had zero worries about entering Pakistan and just knew it would exceed my expectations in the best way possible. What we hear in the media can be so degrading and devastating, but this shouldn't deter us from experiencing that country first hand. By using tourism as a means for #peace, we have the ability to open our eyes to the truth when we experience these places through our own perceptions while learning directly from the local people. Once we realize the common denominator of humanity, we'll judge less, and accept more. We will be more open to the kindness of people around the world and that most people just want peace, too. ✌????️???????? • • • #Expedition196

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After a 1 hour and 15 minute fast paced uphill trek, I arrived at Paro Taktsang. The pilgrimage was like 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. Passing over a bridge and waterfall and up the last flight of stairs, I entered one of the chambers where I was completely alone. Tip-toeing past the glowing butter candles and sacred relics, I kneeled on a rug, cracked open an aged window and rested my head on the windowsill to reflect and admire the massive 2,000ft plunge into the vast Himalayan valley below, as clouds swiftly passed. Without my phone or camera equipment, I was able to consciously enjoy this moment in peace. ???? • • • #expedition196 #everycountryintheworld

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