“Tourism for Peace”, is the slogan used by the Cassandra de Pecol, the American woman nearing the world record of becoming the world’s fastest traveler only at the age of 27.
Till now she has traveled the 192 countries of the world. The lady is breaking the taboos about the limitation of female gender while going to the 196 countries of the world of within a shorter time span.
“It is a Huge success that a female is able to become the fastest traveler within 16 months, while a man made the same record in almost three years”
The Cassie had very surprising facts to reveal about Pakistan while talking to Outlook Pakistan she said, “Pakistan is much different from how it is portrayed in the media, the people are peaceful and show the very heartwarming attitude towards the foreigners.”
“What I like about Pakistan is the religion. I love Islam and I like Muslims. religion has impacted Pakistani society in a very positive way”.
She especially likes the Pakistani food, spicy curry, hospitable people and the place as a whole. She regrets that during her short visit to Pakistan, she wouldn’t be able to visit Northern areas, she is planning to come back in June and spend times on hill, as she loves to spend time with nature.
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
While glancing at the minaret of Badshahi Mosque, she just wondered and said “why I don’t hear any call for prayer. In Istanbul, some loudspeakers broadcasted the call every five times.” It was because at that time her visit to Lahore Pakistan had not passed even a day and further too much noise at the place had also made it difficult to reach.
She further added that she liked the Middle East most because of the Islam that is a peaceful religion of the world. At this point in the life when general rhetoric blames the religion to be the cause of conflicts, turmoil, and war around the globe, it was the religion that attracted her the most.
Cassie also visited Israel and Palestine and gave the people message of peace, she met there to the students of Bethlehem University and found out kindness in them.
For her the religion is just a way to add diversity, it a contributor to the culture and that’s it. The difference is the beauty of life.
While talking to the Outlook Pakistan, the lady revealed that it was the “Humanitarian Factor” that prompt her to travel across the world and explore the planet by conveying the message of peace.
Being female and then becoming world’s fastest traveler was a huge success as she is expecting to meet her goal in 17 months only.
This is really a milestone as the fastest man traveler completed her journey of the 196 countries within three years.
She wanted to do something unique and different in her life while pursuing her goal of traveling the world. But the actual motive behind her travel was the humanitarian factor, as she thinks that one way to advocate for the world peace at the time when our society is facing critical issues is to move around, travel and take the message of love and harmony every corner of the world.
The tourist says that she never feared anything and didn’t face any challenges or barriers by gender etc. Even she traveled to the countries that were perceived to be dangerous, but she didn’t heed such perceptions.
“Don’t Fear, Don’t listen to what others say about you and do whatever the crazy thing you want to do.”
Heterogeneity and peace both are phenomena that are often in conflict with each other. In a question that asked whether the world peace can be achieved on Earth that is home to so many ethnicities; she answered, “there are certain common grounds among human beings, individual denominators that define them; these include the pursuit of happiness and commonalities of the basic need, we just need to fulfill those, and the task is done”.
Cassie’s dream for exploring the world came real when she began traveling to Europe with his brother in 2009. She became the UN ambassador of was endorsed by the IIPT (International Institute of Peace through Tourism).
For meeting the costs of her expedition196, Cassie accepts sponsors from the tourism related businesses in different countries. In the Pakistan, she came as the guest of Asia Pacific travel association and was sponsored by the APR (Asiatic Public Relations).
After completing her journey and registering herself as the fastest traveler in the world, she wants to work with UN for meeting its sustainable developmental goals, make documentaries related to education and then motivate the students and youth for entrepreneurial ventures.