How Lexie Alford Became the Youngest Person to Travel to Every Country

Lexie Alford is on her way to making it to the Guinness Book of Records, after becoming the youngest person to visit every country in the world.

She’s only 21, but that doesn’t stop her from traveling the entire globe, and here’s how she accomplished this ambitious goal according to her recent interview with Forbes.

Supportive Parents

Alford’s parents own a travel agency in California, and they’ve encouraged her to explore the world from a very young age.

“My parents placed a lot of importance on exposing me to every way of life around the world and that had a very profound impact on the person I am today. I’ve always had a curiosity about other people’s ways of life and how they find happiness.”

Proper Research

The young travel enthusiast never goes anywhere without doing proper research, and she managed to save a lot of money by doing brand deals and campaigns.

“I do a lot of research in advance to find the best deals, utilize points and miles for my flights, stay in cheap accommodation like hostels or create content for hotels in exchange for accommodation.”

Saving Money

Alford is working as a travel consultant at her family’s agency when she’s not traveling, and the list of her expenses is not very long.

“I’ve also made sure to keep my monthly overhead as low as possible by living at home with my parents, I don’t have a car payment or student debt and I don’t spend my money on unnecessary material possessions.”

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Hey everyone! A few days ago I asked you guys if you already knew that I’m currently breaking the Guinness World Record for the Youngest Person to Travel to Every Country. I’m stoked that you had tons of questions!! My life has completely revolved around this record for the past 2 years and I’m feeling especially passionate about it because I’m so close to finishing!😅 I’m excited to talk about all this finally so I’ll be posting my answers for the next few days. Here goes: ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ – How many countries have you been to & what countries do you have left? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As of January 2019, I have traveled to 186/196 countries. The 196 comes from the UN member states including Taiwan, Vatican City and Palestine which is what is required by Guinness World Records (GWR). The ten countries I have left are Libya, Eritrea, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Syria and North Korea. The hardest visas I have left are Syria, Pakistan and Turkmenistan. These 10 are the only countries I have plans to visit right now. My current plan is 4 countries in Africa in Feb/March, then hopefully Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan (if the Turk visa comes through). ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -Do you ever feel scared traveling alone as a young woman? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I usually only get freaked out by things I’ve made up in my head (anxiety) rather than whats actually happening around me. I traveled to 72 countries with my family and friends by the time I was 18 so when I started traveling solo I was already experienced. What I recommend to other women is to gradually transition into solo travel- start traveling with your friends (if possible) and start in places with infrastructure for tourism like Europe or South East Asia. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s too dangerous because all you need to navigate the world safely is common sense. Bad things can happen anywhere at any time so you shouldn’t let fear dictate what you do with your time. Also, when I’m alone I always have hotels booked ahead of time so I don’t end up on the street without a place to stay. Having a plan is really important, especially in lesser visited countries- can’t stress that enough.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸 @fearlessandfar

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