On July 24th, 2015, Cassie departed on an international Expedition to travel to all 193 Sovereign Nations plus Taiwan, Kosovo and Palestine, making it 196 countries, to break a Guinness World Record as the ‘Fastest Person (Female) to Travel to All Sovereign Nations’, as well as become the First Documented Woman, Youngest American, Youngest Woman and Fastest American to do so.
Traveling as a ‘Peace Ambassador’ and Global Citizen of the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism and SKÅL International, Cassie’s Mission has been to promote Peace Through Sustainable Tourism. Keeping in line with these values, Cassie has spoken to over 15,000 students across 41+ universities and 38 countries discussing four topics:
I) The Theory of ‘The Hero’s Journey’
II) Women’s Achievement
III) The Two Pillars of Responsible Tourism: Sustainability and Regeneration
IV) Peace Through Tourism and Economics
As part of the “Expedition 196 Tree Planting Project (UNSDG #13)” (in conjunction with IIPT and Skal International), Cassie has planted over 45 trees across 15 countries, including at Peace Parks around the world, in order to offset her carbon footprint (an ongoing project that will be continuing long after Expedition 196 is completed).
As part of the Adventure Scientists for Conservation Microplastics project, Cassie has collected water samples from around the world to test for the presence of Microplastics.
On February 2nd, 2017, Cassie completed Expedition 196 in Yemen as her final country, taking her 18 months and 26 days to finish, breaking the previous record by 1 year and 9 months.
Expedition 196 Upcoming Projects
Cassie began filming of the Expedition 196 Educational Documentary prior to the start of her Expedition back in 2014. Aiming to finish production of the educational documentary in the next couple of years, Cassie has a goal of the film to be used in part with a tool-kit in high schools and universities around the world, educating students on the importance of women’s achievement and sustainable tourism best practices.
Cassie has been writing the proposal for the book, which will serve as a Memoir, detailing the intricacies that she experienced on her historical Expedition. Completion date and release is anticipated for the end of 2017.
A dream of Cassie’s has always been to host a travel TV show, showing people the beauty of the lesser known countries of the world and those that most people consider to be “dangerous”. Having signed with a production company in New York, Cassie is currently busy working on eclectic show ideas with her team.
Throughout Expedition 196, Cassie has been asked many times what her all-time favorite gear is that she brings with her when she travels. Aside from promoting her favorite gear, she is aiming to merchandise her own. “I’ve come up with so many innovative and tactical solutions to some of the most pressing problems I’ve experienced with gear and travel, and ideally, I’d love to create a better product to deliver to your average backpacker and luxury traveler.” – Cassie. Launch of the ‘Merch’ Store will be in mid-late 2017.
Cassie’s passion for fitness stems from a young age when at the age of 16, she competed in her first triathlon. Now, Cassie hopes to incorporate travel and fitness in an innovative package to inspire and educate others on how to live a healthy and active lifestyle while traveling. The (secret) project she’s currently working on will be launched in 2017.
The website, set to be launched in late 2017, aims to address number 12 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals within the luxury hospitality industry.
Something that Cassie has always wanted to focus on is a non-profit that aims to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which are all extremely important to her. The past 3 years of Cassie’s life have been occupied by Expedition 196; creating her own business, trying to break records and work towards some of the worlds most prominent issues. However, now that the Expedition is coming to a close, Cassie is focusing on her next goal, which is donating a significant amount of her personal income towards the Expedition 196 Non-Profit. Her goal of starting a non-profit in her name, is lofty, but she aims to have the initial paperwork done by mid 2017.