“Our generation, ‘The Millennia’s’, have a unique opportunity to change the world with the internet and instant communication which has no borders. We are connected and my journey is showing that connection. Millennials can unite the world,” says 26-year-old American Cassandra De Pecol, who will be visiting Athens on December 7, as part of her Guinness World Record-setting expedition that includes stopovers in 196 countries.
Dubbed “The Peaceful Traveler’s Journey”, Ms De Pecol is attempting to become the first woman to travel to 196 nations in record time and set a Guinness World Record. In the process she wishes to promote peace and sustainability claiming that millennials can unite the world.
As part of her tour, she also hopes to demonstrate that her generation can create positive, peaceful relations with all countries, in part through sustainable tourism, which brings cultures together and makes a positive impact on the environment, society and economy.
Visiting each country as an Ambassador of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) and Skal International (the world’s largest not-for-profit multi-discipline travel and tourism organization), Ms De Pecol will be planting a tree and collecting water samples for an Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation project.
During her Athens stay, she will meet with the local school and university students as well as municipal and national authorities.
“Tourism is one of the only industries in the world that has seen constant growth over the past 25 years with over 1 billion people traveling in 2014”, states De Pecol.
“By traveling and meeting others and being accepting of different cultures, traditions and beliefs we can break down the barriers of mistrust and suspicion and really start a drive to a better and more humane world where people just simply enjoy and embrace the differences amongst us”, she added.
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