Hi, I'm 23 and I have only travelled to like 3 countries in my life. That's it.
But, a 21-year-old just became the youngest person ever to travel to every single country in the world. Recently, Lexie Alford managed to reach probably the most difficult country to step in - North Korea - and completed her mission of travelling across the world's 196 sovereign nations.View this post on Instagram
OFFICIALLY TRAVELED TO EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLDðð¤¯ â â â â â â â â â it's crazy to have years of hard work culminate into one single moment. I'm so grateful to everyone that's helped me get here. The greatest chapter of my life is coming to a close. Cheers to a new beginning ðâ â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â Photos by @thomasbrag
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Right now, she hasn't officially broken the Guinness World Record as all of her 10,000 pieces of evidence is being verified but I'm guessing she's made it.
Turns out, she started on this record-breaking journey without even knowing about it. Since her family owned a travel agency, she has been travelling to new places since she was a kid. She said, “Travel has been a part of my life since before I can remember. My parents would take me out of school and place me on independent study for weeks and months at a time every year.”View this post on Instagram
5 in-person trips to the embassy in Los Angeles, 2 formal interviews, 3 different tour companies/fixers, 2 LOIs, countless phone calls and 6 months later I finally made it to PAKISTAN ðµð° â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â The media always exaggerates and blows out of proportion but so far I can't get enough of this incredible country! Every day has brought not only new tastes & sights but also a renewed sense of appreciation for the kindness of people in faraway places. Even this truck driver's nice way of telling me to move out of the way was to just start driving forward slowly ðâ â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â Thank you so much @cpicglobal for making this dream come true for me!
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She added, “My parents placed a lot of importance on exposing me to every way of life around the world and that had a very profound impact on the person I am today. I've always had a curiosity about other people's ways of life and how they find happiness.”View this post on Instagram
Roasting marshmallows over the DOOR TO HELL ð¥ â â â â â â â â Last week I was camping in the middle of nowhere with @fearlessandfar & a bunch of drunk Russian speaking men. Being fed way too much food from the kindest locals and running around this pit of fire was definitely one of the most epic & memorable nights of my life. No one really knows how Darvaza Crater was created but it's been burning for over 40 years. Its such a fitting addition to this otherwise mysterious landscape. Have you ever seen anything like this before?? ð¤¯ #Turkmenistan
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She seriously went after the record just a couple of years ago when she turned 18. She realized she had already been to 72 countries and decided to take up the challenge and break the record. She said, “The very first time I thought about breaking the world record was in October 2016 in my home, California. I graduated from high school two years early and had gotten an associate's degree from a local college. I was ready to start my gap year when I dropped the idea of going back to school and began to pursue the record full-time.”
And, she pays for everything herself as well: “I always knew I wanted to take time off to travel so I've been working every job I could find and saving since I was 12-years-old.”View this post on Instagram
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She also talked about how she manages her finances so she can go to new places and have new experiences. She said, “I do a lot of research in advance to find the best deals, utilize points and miles for my flights, stay in cheap accommodation like hostels or create content for hotels in exchange for accommodation. I've also made sure to keep my monthly overhead as low as possible by living at home with my parents, I don't have a car payment or student debt and I don't spend my money on unnecessary material possessions.”
(Well, these are some useful tips for everyone with 'wanderlust' in their Instagram bios)View this post on Instagram
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Here's her entire story and it can actually be pretty inspiring for people who want to travel, not gonna lie.