بالصور: شابّة أميركية تدخل غينيس كأصغر من يزور كل دول العالم!

حسام محمد | 8 حزيران 2019 | 20:00

تمكنت شابّة أميركية عمرها 21 عاماً، الأسبوع الماضي، من تسجيل اسمها في كتاب موسوعة غينيس العالمية، كأصغر من يزور كل دول العالم. وأثبتت الفتاة التي تدعى ليكسي ألفورد، زيارتها لـ196 بلداً، عبر تذاكر السفر والإقامات في الفنادق والمخيمات، إضافة إلى الصور التي التقتطها في جميع الدول التي زارتها، والتي نشرتها في حسابها على إنستغرام، حيث كانت آخرها في 31 آيار الماضي في كوريا الشمالية.

وأوضحت ليكسي المولودة في نيفادا بولاية كاليفورنيا، أنّها بدأت بتوفير المال مذ كان عمرها 12 عاماً تقريباً، بهدف زيارة كل دول العالم والتي عددها 196 دولة، لتبدأ بتحقيق الحلم بشكل فعلي في عام 2016.

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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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وكانت ليكسي في 2016 قد زارت نحو 72 دولة، لأنّ عائلتها تسافر كثيراً حيث إنّها تمتلك وكالة للسياحة والسفر في نيفادا، لتتمكّن خلال 3 أعوام من زيارة باقي الدول والتي عددها 124 دولة.

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A glimpse into the colourful tradition and culture of Pakistan✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One of the first things I noticed when I arrived in Islamabad was how gorgeous and stylish the women are. I really wanted wear some of their beautiful clothes while traveling here which is why I was so excited to go shopping with @anushaesays . She helped me find this shalwar kameez which is the tradition trousers and long shirt that are commonly worn in South Asia. We later found this amazing headdress in a little shop in Karimabad when the whole @cpicglobal gang played dress up for an hour? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Side note to all the Pakistani ladies: Is this called a tribal kuchi headpiece? I forgot to ask the shopkeeper & I would love to know more about it!? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photos by @fearlessandfar

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ويتابع ليكسي الآن نحو 145 ألف متابع على إنستغرام، بينما يطلقون عليها اسم "ليكسي بلا حدود" أو "LexieLimitless"، وهي التي زارت كل دول العالم حتى العربية منها بلا استثناء.

وبحسب موقع العربية، فقد أوضحت ليكسي أنّها سافرت وحدها طوال 7 أشهر إلى 50 دولة في العامين الماضيين، شملت أوروبا وآسيا وأفريقيا وأميركا الوسطى والجنوبية، كما ومنطقة بحر الكاريبي، إضافة إلى الجزر المجهرية في جنوب المحيط الهادئ، قائلة: "أصعب ما واجهني هو الحصول على التأشيرات، فقد أمضيت سنوات لأحصل عليها من داخل وخارج الولايات المتحدة".

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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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Not the Libya you hear about on the news! Although I only spent a few days here my lasting impression was that there’s so much more to the story of this country than you would expect. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve been fascinated by history since I started traveling (the boring stuff they teach us in school never really peaked my interest). Architecture, discovery, the need to create art, worship and explain are some of our earliest legacies as human beings. Thousands of years later, we have so much to learn about ourselves. In Leptis Magna I learned that the coast of Libya was once apart of the Roman Empire. The ruins here are some of the best preserved in the world because there isn’t a city close by so less people had reason to steal from it…. Never heard about that in history class. I love being immersed in it, even just for the day.

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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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