Lexi Alford is the Youngest Person Ever to Travel to Every Country

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What was your biggest achievement when you were 21?

Graduating is probably on top of most people’s list, and that’s definitely huge. Earning that diploma is no easy task, and you definitely deserve kudos for that.

For 21-year-old American Lexi Alfrod, her biggest feat as of yet is becoming one of the few people in history to have traveled to every country.

Documenting her journey on her Instagram account, lexielimitless, Lexi joined some 10 or so women in history to have traveled to all 196 countries.

Her last official trip was to North Korea on May 31, 2019, which she proudly stamped as “country #196,” indicating that her journey, which she started when she was just 18-years-old and fresh out of community college, was finally over.

Her social media account is full of stunning photos that serve as documentation of her journey all across the globe.

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I’ve been coming to a really important realization: your interpretation of a country has nothing to do with the country itself. Its your mindset that defines whether or not you enjoy the time you spend in a place. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since September I’ve been reflecting on the experiences I’ve had in Africa. To be honest, spending almost 3 months last summer in 20+ countries throughout West & Central Africa was really rough on my mental health. The language barriers, intense cultural differences, constant movements… it can be really depressing and lonely at times. I had never thought about giving up & going home until I started seriously traveling in this area of the world. But that’s when I was reminded of the quote, “I didn’t come this far to only come this far”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m so happy that after this last fantastic trip to 5 countries throughout Africa I had a total shift in perspective! The places I traveled to were somewhat similar to where I was before but this time something was different. I’m starting to slow down. My mind is more open and prepared to absorb everything, even the frustrating bits, with patience & gratitude. It’s crazy that I’ve traveled to 189 countries now and somehow I still feel like I’m just beginning to understand the ways of the world. There’s so much left to learn!!

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