2015. gada jūlijā Kasandra Depecola 2015. gadā sev uzstādījusi ambiciozu plānu – 27 gadus vecā amerikāniete gribēja pēc iespējas īsākā laikā apceļot visas ANO atzītās pasaules valstis, kas pašlaik ir 196.
Nepilnos 19 mēnešos viņai tas izdevies, raksta "Focus.de". Lai arī viņa nav pirmā sieviete, kas apceļojusi visas pasaules valstis, Depecolai tomēr 2. februārī izdevies pārspēt iepriekšējo pasaules rekordu, jo viņa šo ceļojumu veikusi visīsākajā laikā, Iepriekšējais rekords bijis apceļot 196 valstis 39 mēnešos un 6 dienās. Pirms kāda laika stāstījām arī par Gunaru Garforu, kas apceļojis visu pasauli, tiesa to izdarot visa mūža garumā.
Interesanti, ka ceļotāja ne visās valstīs sagaidīta laipni. Piemēram, kā stāsta pati Kasandra, viņas acīs sariesušās asaras, kad Ziemeļkorejas robežsargs sagrābis viņas roku ciešākajā rokasspiedienā, kādu viņa jebkad jutusi, un teicis: "Mēs jūs iznīcināsim, Amerika!" Tomēr viņa atzinusi "CNN", ka pati savā mazajā veidā centusies nest pasaulē mieru, runājot ar cilvēkiem it visur, kur braukusi. Kā stāsta ceļotāja, pat ar jau minēto robežsargu viņa atradusi kopīgu valodu, jo, lai arī valstu valdības ir naidīgās attiecībās, nav iemesla, lai viņi abi nevarētu būt draugi un eksistēt vienlaikus.
Viņa savu "Ekspedīciju 196" sākusi salu valstī Palau 2015. gada vasarā. Neviens neesot ticējis, ka tik īsā laikā iespējams apskatīt pasauli, bet nākamie viņas mērķi bija Austrālija un Jaunzēlande. Savā mājaslapā "Expedition196" viņa publicējusi arī sava ceļojuma karti, bet "Facebook" daudzi sekotāji virtuāli piedalījušies visā viņas ceļojumā.
Savā pasaules ceļojumā Kasandra nolēmusi apskatīt ne tikai labo. Viņa sastapusies arī ar karu, izsalkumu, trūkumu, brutalitāti un netaisnību, raksta "Focus.de". Tomēr nopietnas briesmas ceļotājai nav draudējušas, pat neņemot vērā to, ka viņas maršrutā bijusi arī Sīrija – veselus piecarpus mēnešus viņai nācies gaidīt tās vīzu, Kasandra atklājusi intervijā "CNN".
Lai veiktu ceļojumu pietiekami ātri, katrā valstī viņa pavadījusi vien divas līdz piecas dienas. Šādi bijuši nepieciešami 255 lidojumi un gandrīz 180 tūkstoši eiro, lai apceļotu pasauli. 27 gadus vecajai ceļotājai sava sapņa īstenošanai izdevies piesaistīt sponsorus, jo kā viņa atzina, citādi šāds brauciens nebūtu iespējams. Viņas atbalstītāju vidū bijušas arī vairākas aviolīnijas un luksusa klases viesnīcas.
Ceļotāja 2015. gada nogalē pabijusi arī visās trīs Baltijas valstīs – Latviju Kasandra apmeklējusi kā 63. savā ceļā.
Just a few of my friends who hosted me for lunch in #Yemen. These were just half of the brothers who I dined with, the ladies don't like to have their photos taken and I wanted to respect that, they were all so shy yet so incredibly sweet and kind. The citizens of Yemen are really, so hospitable and happy. I loved being in their company. They live so simply yet comfortably with the love of their family. Family is very important in Yemen. ❤🌎 I'm so honored that Yemen was my last and final country of #Expedition196. The most challenging to get to but one of the most rewarding once in 🙏🏽. Zero fears, zero regrets, just respect, acceptance and love ❤🇾🇪
Relish your own sacred experiences of travel, no two one is better or worse given the circumstances 👁👁 • • • Still, many people think that spending even a day in a country doesn't count as actually "being there", let alone the providing one the ability to "experience" anything. I know a lot of you who follow my journey are travelers, so I'm going to ask you to chime in on this in the comments section down below. Tell me the best experiences you have had in the shortest amount of time in a country. How did time impact your experience? What made your experience so memorable? Do you think if you had stayed there longer, it would have made for a more powerful experience or was the drive to maximize time what made that experience all the more enriching? 🤔 • • • Some of the most powerful and life-changing experiences I've had during my travels, happened over the course of an hour or two. On a bus heading to Chile after a short stay in Bolivia, I sat next to a local Bolivian woman who shared tons of local indigenous fruits with me and we shared a long, amazing conversation in my broken Spanish and her broken English. This was the best "Bolivian" experience I'd had and it happened over the course of 4 hours. I even lived in Bolivia for 2 months years ago and didn't have the opportunity to meet someone so intriguing nor taste such eclectic local fruits, in those two months. Or in North Korea, where the most powerful handshake of my life happened with the soldier in this photo. It was 5 minutes of power and fear that shaped my life in a major way. I could go on and on but the bottom line is; yes, 2 days is more than enough. Maximize your time, leave all preconceptions at the door to allow for the ability to dive in head first, and let the unknown of these quick yet deep experience win you over. Sometimes we need to let go of this theory of time determining whether or not we are able to gain a sense of place. Sometimes... that one experience is just enough to peak your interests to want to go back in the future to dive for something deeper. But then again, maybe not. 🗝 • • • So... what are some of yours?! 🌏🏃🏼♀️
Let's Talk Money: Part II 💸 Still, so many questions coming in about getting sponsored. "I want a sponsor", "I want sponsors to pay for my travels", etc. • • • Let me be frank, finding sponsors is not easy, in fact for me, besides the visas, keeping a steady cash flow was the most difficult aspect of this Expedition. About 8 months in, I was really struggling and had to keep taking breaks to come home to be proactive in reaching out to potential companies again. And we're not taking 10-20, we're taking 500-1,000. Sorry to disappoint, but companies will not give you their money just for you to "travel". It's essential that you have a purpose, a Mission, and an end result to make them see the value in contributing to your project, even if that project includes travels. To be honest, I had already traveled to 25 countries on my own with my own money where I backpacked and worked along the way to maximize the $2k that I saved the summer prior, and made it work. This trip for me wasn't about seeing the world and enjoying myself, I needed it to be WAY more than that if I was to dispel all of my energy taking this huge risk. I consider myself a salesperson. I offer these companies something that benefits their business and in return, they provide my company with cash/goods/services. • • • Once you've found your: A) Passion B) Purpose C) Mission and D) Have committed yourself to your vision Here are some tips as to finding funding for your project (any project, but let's use travel in this case)... • Develop your brand/company into something marketable (read books, do your research, craft your business plan) • Get a non-profit or two to back you up, endorse you, even fund your venture • Find a mentor • Make business cards • Network. Find conferences, professional events, use LinkedIn, etc. Make friends with the people within your industry and develop proper connections • Create a proposal, sponsorship deck and short pitch • Develop an Excel spreadsheet of all the companies that resonate with your values • Find their emails and, • Pitch your proposal/deck --- Hopefully these tips will get you one step closer towards achieving your travel/career goals. 🌝🌎
AWE: An experience of such perceptual vastness you literally have to reconfigure your mental models of the world to assimilate it. - Jason Silva • • • New Vlog out soon as soon as I can find good enough internet to upload! 😳 • • • #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism #EveryCountryInTheWorld #Jordan #MindBlown
"The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience". -Emily Dickinson • • • Back in Iceland at the #BlueLagoon! 5 years ago I was here and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a perfect place to come and explore while you're waiting for your flight out of #Reykjavik. The sun rose at 11:30am and set at 3:30 💙🇮🇸💙 • • • #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism #EveryCountryInTheWorld #Iceland
In Sidi Bou Said there's only one restaurant that is permitted to sell alcohol, which was actually refreshing to know. This little cafe was my favorite because it served fresh squeezed juices instead and as the morning wore on, it became a hustling place filled with locals, which I enjoyed. 😎🍌😎 • • • "The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends." - Shirley MacLaine • • • #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism #EveryCountryInTheWorld #Tunisia #Rejuvenated
Check this out. The The Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, #Romania. Country #30 of #Expedition196. I was so excited to visit Romania and I met a wonderful couple who told me that this place was a must, so I went! 🌞 • • • The Palace of Parliament is the world's largest civilian building with an administrative function. Also the heaviest and most expensive administrative building. It's actually quite beautiful. And I'm lucky that the sun peaked it's head out of the clouds for the first time in days just so I could snap this photo. And yes, the sun has a head. • • • #Bucharest #PeaceThroughTourism #NikonD750
I need a haircut. @mrstaracohen will you come to #Bosnia and help a girl out? 😝 • • • Today I decided to climb 87 windy stairs up an extremely narrow corridor inside a Mosque to get to the top. Low and behold this breathtaking view of the #OldBridge in #Mostar was waiting for me. And let me tell you it was so worth it. I was wearing shorts and before entering the #Mosque they handed me a long scarf to cover my knees out of respect for their culture. Oh the joys of being a woman. I hung out up here for about two hours while everyone came and went within 10 minutes, I'm assuming because of the heights thing. • • • #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism