Turns out when you tell people this kind of goal, they have a lot of questions.
Where are you starting first?
Australia. Well, technically Fiji. I’ve been targeting Sydney as my starting point, but rather than have a short layover in Fiji, I decided to take a few days there first. Then will head to Sydney, where I get to get started along with some of my friends I met in Colombia.
Like, all the countries? How many are there?
There are 193 UN recognized nations. And yes, planning to go to all of them.
How will you go to X? [insert country that the question asker is scared of]
Are you going to work while you’re gone?
I hope so! I will be exploring opportunities to work remotely so that I am working for a US company, avoiding work visa obstacles. Additionally, I will be leveraging work-for-trade opportunities in which I can work in exchange for accommodations, food, etc., also avoiding work visa obstacles. Lastly, I’ll be working on sponsorship opportunities as I build out my content (video and blog).
How long is this going to take?
Great question! This depends on funding. I believe I can accomplish my goal in 3 years, but it will depend on if I can go continuously (*fingers crossed*). If I can’t get enough work and income while traveling, I may need to take pauses to come back to the States to work and save.
No woman has ever done it?
According to Guinness World Records, no. According to this article, Audrey Halsworth has (even more than just the UN recognized nations). Good on Audrey! But there’s no additional record of it. It’s still super-inspiring nonetheless.
How much have you already covered? Does that count? What do you have to do to prove it?
I have already hit 16 countries, but not all of them are UN recognized. My application with Guinness World Records is still pending; once I hear back I will know more about what they want in terms of proof, and will then know if I have to double back on countries I’ve already been to.
Are you going with anyone?
No. I’ll be traveling solo, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be alone. I plan to meet up with friends along the way, and more importantly, MAKE friends along the way.
Whoa. Can I have a hug?
Yes. [Seriously, I have had so many people ask for hugs as we talk about the project – I’ll give ‘em out all day. For free.]