This 21-year-old American woman just became the youngest to travel to every country in the world.
After her visit to North Korea on May 31, Lexie Alford became the youngest person in the world to travell to all the 196 sovereign nations. With this achievement, Alford managed to beat out the 24-year-old current Guinness World Record holder, James Asquith.
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Her family owns a travel agency in California and therefore travelling has been part and parcel of her life since a very young age.
“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,” Alford told Forbes.
But the idea of making a Guinness record came when she turned 18 and had already covered 72 countries by then. “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,” she told Forbes.
The globetrotter also has a message to all the travel enthusiasts. “Get out of your comfort zones, work hard for your dreams and smash your goals,” she says in a social media post.