Lexie Alford, a 21-year-old woman visited each country around the globe

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On May 31, 2019, Lexie Alford landed in North Korea and broke a rather coveted title: “the youngest person to visit each country in the world!”.

traveling has always been a big part Lexie’s life as her parents run a travel agency and it almost seems now that she had been working on traveling to visit all 196 sovereign nations since she was a child even though she had no such plans.

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Nothing but LOVE from every country in the world!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When I started traveling, I never imagined that so many wonderful people would come along on my journey. Now it feels like YOU all are right here with me. I’m so humbled and grateful for that. There’s so many parts of the world that are completely off the radar for most tourists. Because of the media, people assume that places like these are off limits due to conflict and security threats. I hope by sharing my experiences that I can help encourage people to think twice about misunderstood countries. There really is so much KINDNESS everywhere! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Countries included in this post: #Madagascar, #Turkmenistan, #SaudiArabia, #Guinea, #Pakistan, #Jordan, #Uganda, #Ethiopia, #IraqiKurdistan & #Uzbekistan.

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Talking about how important traveling has been to her and her family, she says:

“Travel has been a part of my life since before I can remember. My parents would take me out of school and place me on independent study for weeks and months at a time every year.”

She traveled so much even as a child and she had already seen a whole lot of the world from Cambodia to Egypt by the time she grew up. Talking about her travels as a child, she says:

“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.”

She talking about her achievements of life  –

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Misunderstood creatures 🐍 I honestly did a terrible job planning my trip in Sri Lanka. I usually try to get away from cities and tourist traps to get a more authentic feel for the country I’m visiting. Choosing the path less traveled can occasionally/inevitably lead to unexpected complications, wasted time and frustration. Sometimes we miss once in a lifetime opportunities. Sometimes our experiences don’t live up to the expectations we created in our minds. And that’s to be expected! Being able to accept that things didn’t go the way you wanted them to and making the best of it anyway is a really important life lesson traveling has taught me. This photo reminds me that even mistakes can result in something beautiful & unexpected

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“Honestly, in the beginning, I simply wanted to push the limits of what I thought I could do with my life and see as much of the world as possible in the process. It wasn’t until things started getting really challenging that I realized I was inspiring people around me, especially young women. Feeling that support meant that I couldn’t give up when things got tough. I was determined to show everyone that the world isn’t as scary as the media portrays it to be and that there’s kindness everywhere.”

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Nothing says "sit and stay a while" like rolling green foothills adorned with an untamed river 🌿 Something I never expected to get out of traveling was an overwhelming appreciation for where I grew up. It’s also funny showing people photos like these because no one ever expects there to be more to California than what they’ve seen in Hollywood movies! When I got out of school I wanted to get as far away from this little town as possible but for the past couple of months I’ve wanted to spend time at home more than anything. Maybe this means I’ve found my tipping point – how long away from home is too long. Or maybe it just means that 124 countries in 2 1/2 years is simply too much travel😂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thanks for capturing the beauty of Northern California with me!💚 @angelanunninkphotography

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It is to be wondered  about how she managed to do it all at such a young age. She has shed some light on how to realize your travel plans in simple ways and it truly is helpful, especially if you are someone who has been bitten by the travel bug:

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Happiest in high places ✌🏼this was one of the most rewarding hikes of my life! I’ve always been a mountain enthusiast & Northern Pakistan has some of the most epic mountains in the world. Literally though, Pakistan is home to more than 100 peaks over 7000 meters (23,000 ft.)!🤯 In the top right corner of this photo you can start to see the summit of Nanga Parbat, also known as “Killer Mountain” because of the notoriously difficult climb. It’s the ninth highest mountain in the world at 26,660’. The first person to summit it wasn’t until 1953 and no one was able to summit it again for another 10 years. I didn’t realize there’s such a cool history left behind on these mountains by the crazy humans that are addicted to the thrill of being on top of the world ⚡️

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“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. 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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Afghanistan is one of the most unique places I’ve traveled to because it felt almost taboo to be there. So much negative hype has been built up around it that not many people get to experience this place which is a real shame. Honestly it is very unstable here and I don’t recommend going to Afghanistan casually. I got really lucky with my experience but I also put in the work researching where to go and how to do it safely. That being said, wow. Just wow. The food, architecture, smells, colors. Gorgeous people with dark hair and bright blue eyes. Sensory overload. I didn’t feel unsafe walking down the street although the traffic will give you anxiety. I visited a few colorful 1000+ yr old mosques and saw hundreds of people praying together. Everywhere we went there seemed to be someone genuinely happy to share their culture with us. Although Afghanistan was challenging to understand at times, being there made me feel so much connected to its people, their cultural history, their strength and struggle. It made me thankful for everything that I have and reminded me not to take it for granted. Afghanistan made me grow.

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She is on Instagram by the name ‘lexielimitless’ & has around 78.9k followers. She keeps updating her account by the pictures from her travelling diaries.

Published by Lokendra Sharma on 06 Jun 2019

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