“Cassie, are you depressed?”

“I have three daughters.

“The most effective way

196 countries sounds easy enough, right?

20 dollars cash on me.

a week or an hour in a country

actually took me three years.

After traveling 12 miles in a taxi,

Amelia Earhart said,

American girl at midnight.

and again just shoved

and all on your own.

and as a triathlete, I wanted to test

And at the age of 21, I traveled

and broken two Guinness World Records,

and Central America don’t stamp passports,

and completely broke down.

and devote yourself to it 150%.

and encourage others to travel in ways

and enhance the world we live in,

and everything around you is caving in,

and filmed an educational documentary.

and he began to notice

and hundreds of thousands

and I considered quitting.

and I felt like I had nothing else in me.

And I had to finish what I started.

And I realized I could not leave

and I saw this as an exciting

And I used social media

And I was finally let back into Oman.

and I wasn’t able to finish my degree

and I’m going to talk about something

And in 2014, I was casted

and it doesn’t matter

and it doesn’t matter where you come from,

and it ended up being a beautiful

and Kim Jong Un is not going

and leave a positive legacy behind.

and life-changing experience.

and made the bed for me.

And many countries that I traveled to

and penguins on the other side.

and picked up two babysitting jobs

and planted trees

and said something like,

and still do to this very day.

and that you can cross

and the first step

and the respect and growth

and then getting into an armed vehicle

and then nonchalantly

and then the Oman authorities

and then them showing you to your room

And then there was the most

and there were limitations

and these powerful bodies

and unexplained sadness

and we all knew that it was a possibility

And when I only have 30 seconds

And while all of that is true,

and why I even did it in the first place?

And with my broken Spanish,

and without covering their heads.

and wondered if me being alive

and worse, viewers agreed.

as a means to showcase the beauty

as much of the world as possible.

as though they didn’t exist.

as to how far I could travel in a taxi.

at 2:00 in the morning

At first I refused,

At the age of 13, I started

because I couldn’t afford it.

Because of my expedition,

blond American girl,

both big and small,

bringing home a young, blond

But about a quarter of the way

But after two attempts

but at least I had a reason

But I discovered the goodness

but I was never able to pinpoint it.

But I was not prepared for what came next.

but I wasn’t always able to predict

But I wouldn’t trade

but if there is one thing

but the beauty is you’ll never know.

but the next step you take

But then I asked myself the question:

but then sheepishly agreed.

But then the challenge came:

But they couldn’t be more wrong.

But those thoughts

But what you don’t see on Instagram

But when we arrived

But while this expedition

by breaking a speed record.

called “Naked and Afraid.”

can enter Saudi Arabia alone

can shape your whole life.

challenging rule of all:

countless tickets, GPS coordinates,

countries or 150,

country in the world is like,

credit card bills, and even phone logs.

Cuba didn’t accept

developing business plans,

doesn’t allow you enough time to see it,

due to high terrorist activity in Yemen,

due to the situation in Yemen.

Eventually, I hit rock bottom,

feeling like something was off,

filled with men with machine guns.

filming an educational documentary

finding financial backers, vlogging,

First, the U.S. Embassy wouldn’t let me in

for a reality TV show

for breaking a Guinness World Record.

For me, that thing was travel,

for one more hour

for the 18-month trip,

had any positive impact on society.

hated me or what I’d done wrong

He blatantly asked me:

How do I pay for this expedition?

how it took me three years

how others judge you,

I also had to prove

I became so defensive.

I collected photos, videos,

I collected water samples

I completely diverted from him

I didn’t grow up in a family

I didn’t know what his wife

I didn’t know what to do next.

I didn’t know why I was having

I didn’t know why so many people

I faced a major risk of being stuck

I had experiences

I had just a taste of what every

I just sat on the side of the road

I knew this expedition was going

I know that non-muslim women

I know that you can swim

I know to be true,

I met with mayors and ministers

I ran out of money,

I rarely cry, but that night

I realized I only had

I received hundreds of thousands

I sat on the cliffside in Malibu

I saw the opportunity to make history

I spent countless hours

I spent the next two years

I spoke to over 16,000 students

I still had feelings of melancholy

I understood that to be something like:

I wanted to break down

I wanted to inspire others

I was a woman traveling alone.

I was so ashamed

I was unable to pay

I wasn’t allowed to drive a car

I wasn’t allowed to spend

I wasn’t sure if I’d be able

I watched in the night as the rusted

I’d hate for them to be in your position.

I’d have to find creative ways

I’d never been on TV before,

If I could do anything, what would it be?

if I’d be coimg home or when,

Imagine arriving to border control

in 60-mph winds and 30-foot waves

in country number 196:

In fact, I had to put

In four words: It was exhilarating,

in Mogadishu, Somalia,

In my experience, you won’t regret it.

in people all around the world.

in the wilderness for 21 days.

is the constant exhaustion

It doesn’t even matter

it took you to plan your last vacation?

It was 11 p.m. on a Saturday night

it was also quite exhausting.

it was exhausting,

it was scary, and it was eye-opening.

It wasn’t until the next morning

it’s that just one brief experience

I’ve been featured in tons

I’ve done something

I’ve never talked about publicly before:

just a little bit of excitement

just to get to the compound,

just to make ends meet.

leisurely traveling the world,

like how I was only allowed to take

like this over 196 times.

look like a useless villain

Many countries throughout Europe

misconceptions about women,

more than 14 days in the country.

Most people think that I must be rich

my commitments behind.

My commitments to my sponsors,

my physical and mental endurance

myself through college,

never seemed to go away.

Next time you go to North Korea,

None of that matters.

not having to do a single day of work.

Nothing else matters

Now imagine doing it 196 times

of countries around the world,

of hate messages and death threats

of news channels around the world,

of newspapers, magazines and articles.

of the mistake that I’d made.

of traveling and discovering a culture,

of trying to cross the border,

of working 15-hour days

on a one-inch thick foam pad

on countless issues.

on the kitchen floor

on the mainland of Yemen.

on this planet has done,

only to find tranquility

opportunity to pull myself up.

or attempt to overcome it.

or both.

or that I’m just this young

or the raw fear that I felt.

or these feelings of unexplained sadness,

or you’re here for 100 more years,

pointing out the safe room

Remember the time and effort

Reviewer: Cihan Ekmek├ži

running away from my own truth.

say you can or can’t do.

scheduled public transportation

shape my view of the world.

she greeted me with a kiss on the cheek

She had given me her own bed to sleep in.

showing a fist crushing the pentagon.

signed witness statements,

six months to plan

So find that one thing that brings you

So how did I do it?

so I had to find different ways

so I just ignored them

So I knew that with this expedition

So I moved out to Los Angeles

So like female record-breaker

so that I could pay for it all on my own.

So what was it like?

so when I got to the hotel,

Some people think that only spending

started from a much darker place.

steel gates pushed back.

surrounded by pick-up trucks

Thank you.

that I wouldn’t make it back safely.

that I’d been in each country,

that no other woman

that they never had before.

that you owe to yourself.

that’ll pull you out?

the Drake Passage to Antartica

The editing made me

the hotel or the taxi driver.

the pre-approved propaganda postcard

the real reason why I did this expedition.

The show pairs two strangers together

The taxi driver came over to me

Then imagine passing

There are so many rules,

these experiences for the world.

These experiences will forever

these feelings aside.

these negative thoughts

They don’t stamp passports,

they usually have a few questions for me.

They want to know how I pulled it off,

They were hard and scary, yes.

This didn’t seem like a big deal at first,

this expedition actually

this is what I tell them:

This rule almost ended my expedition

this unusual pattern of melancholy.

through four security gates

through the expedition,

throughout the expedition,

to and from each country.

to answer the “Why?” question,

to be a huge endeavour,

to do it is to do it.”

to document everything.

to everyone.

to give you an autograph.

to learn how to manage it

to my family, to my supporters,

to offset my carbon footprint.

to plan and raise money

to survive naked

to tell my family

to their little concrete home,

Today, I’m excited to share with you

Translator: Susanne Fisch


traveling alone as a woman,

U.S. debit or credit cards,

unique experience related to each place.

was exhilarating,

was figuring out all the rules

We all have our own way

We are given this magnificent minds

were either inaccessible or dangerous

What I thought would take me

what matters is your own experience

What matters is your truth.

what my experience was like

what my experience was like,

what you see or where you go;

what your dreams are.

what your friends and family

what’s that one thing

when I arrived in Cuba.

when I just tried to do my very best.

when I saw her sleeping

when I’d receive my visas.

When someone finds out

When you’re at that very last moment,

where you go in case

Whether you’ve been to five

which for most people is unimaginable.

which is harder than you think.

while also experiencing

while in the Guinness clock

while you’re there.

Who in their right mind

with a floral sheet draped over her.

with a lot of money.

with having to figure out how to fund it.

with my brother for a month

with my family for the night.”

with whales in Tonga,

working 85 hours a week

would think of him

would travel alone to 196 countries?

wouldn’t let me out


Yo entiendo. Ven.”

You can come stay

you can forget about bringing your phone.

You can, however, send

you can’t use your credit card,

you hear an explosion.

you probably have your own personal,

your monetary status,

your religion, your age,

You’re either here on this earth