Taylor Demonbreun - Youngest Person to Travel to All Sovereign Countries

If you have just turned 22, what are the types of dreams that you see? Have you ever thought of visiting all the sovereign countries in the world and that too faster than anyone else? Taylor Demonbreun is one such person who dreamt and made it a reality in 18 months by paying a visit to all the 196 countries. In the meantime, she was also able to bag 4 Guinness World Records. The mission was to prove that she has the ability to seek her dreams.

Who is Behind the Journey?

Taylor hails from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and acquired an Economics and Public Policy degree from Vanderbilt University but soon she found out that it wasn't her passion. So, she decided on trying her hands-on travel and adventure. The realisation dawned upon her after she was done interning at New York Wall Street. Her journey was inspired by Cassie DePecol's 2018 record of 1 year 194 days. She started the journey on June 1, 2017, just two weeks after her semester came to an end.

Also, a long time back when she was studying at University College London, she took four months out to travel 20 countries of Europe. She wanted to break Europe travel records and break her confined lifestyle.  

The Incredible Tale

As she embarked on the journey, her first choice was to visit Latin America and the Caribbean countries and so she started with the Dominican Republic. She moved from Alabama to Texas for having accessible international flights. Though she was not sure of getting the visas on time, that never stopped her. Amidst her travel, her rule was never to take a gap of more than 14 days as that will help in maintaining a good pace. She also tried to spend at least one day in the country she was visiting.

The Iranian city of Kish was one of her favourite places because of the hospitality of the locals. During the course she also going through a lot of personal turmoil, her father even had a heart attack while she was in the Middle East, but Taylor never lost her spirit and dealt with all the difficulties with the utmost zeal. 

As she was travelling solo, she also met loads of interesting people and was liberated by the warmth and love. Canada was the last country that she visited, and her journey ended on December 7, 2018.

She now holds the Guinness World record for the Youngest and Fastest Person, as well as the Youngest and Fastest female, to visit every country in the world. At an interview, Taylor also revealed that Singapore and Iceland were her favourite countries from the 196 countries she visited, but she did enjoy having the experience of going through the world.

What Comes Ahead?

In the future, Taylor wants her passion for travel to grow further. Along with that, she is inclined towards writing a book and wants to inspire people with her experience. She also plans to visit the 2020 Summer Olympics with her brother. You can check out Taylor's Travel Blog here, where she has exclusively written about her sojourns all around the world.

This post was published by Aishika Mitra

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