“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 within a shorter time span.
“It is a Huge success that a female can 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 added.
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 wasn’t able to visit Northern areas, but she promises to come back in June and spend times on hill, as she loves to spend time with nature.
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.”
In reality, we do have Azaans (calls for prayers) five times a day in Pakistan as well, perhaps, as we were having dinner with Cassandra, it was the time when the last call for prayer (Isha) had already been done.
She further added that she liked the Middle East most because of the Islam for being 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 is a contributor to the culture, and that’s it. The difference is the beauty of life.
While talking further, she revealed that it was the “Humanitarian Factor” that prompted her to travel across the world and explore the planet for 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 to 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 that is to travel around the world and take the message of love and harmony to every corner of the world.
The tourist said that she never feared anything and didn’t face any gender-based barrier. Even she traveled to the countries that were perceived to be dangerous, but she never fell prey to such perceptions.
Her philosophy was simple, “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 response to a question that whether the world peace can be achieved on Earth that is home to so many ethnicities, she replied, “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 of exploring the world came real when she began traveling to Europe with his brother in 2009. She became the UN ambassador and 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 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.