“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 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 Ekmekçi
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
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 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 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