This 21-Year-Old Becomes The Youngest Person To Visit Every Country

Meet Lexie Alford, a 21-year-old American woman who has achieved quite a feat by becoming the youngest person on Earth to travel to all countries in the world. On June 2, Lexi uploaded a photo on her Instagram account with a caption that read "officially traveled to every country in the world". The photo shows Alford holding a piece of paper that has "North Korea May 31, 2019, country #196" written on it, indicating that North Korea was the last milestone on her tremendous journey and a finishing step in the world record. Her website, lexielimitless, proudly displays the number of countries she has traveled, 196, in contrast to the tab with the remaining countries where the number has finally dropped down to zero.

"It sounds crazy but more people have traveled to space than every country in the world," Alford told Bored Panda. "There's an estimate 150 or so people who've done it and less than 10 of those people have been women," she explained. And now she's one of them! The young woman explained that despite being pressured to continue studies after finishing community college when she was 18, Lexie decided to go against everyone's wishes and pursue what she saw as her own personal passion.

The adventurer has documented her numerous travels across the world not only on her blog but also captured the moments in stunning photos which she uploaded on her Instagram. At the moment, her page has 67.3k followers and around 400 posts with multiple images. Scroll down below to see photographs from many of the countries she visited.

#1 Pripyat, Ukraine

"The abandoned city of Pripyat in Ukraine is one of the most intense places I’ve ever stepped foot in"

#2 Avenue Of The Baobabs, Menabe, Madagascar

"Africa chewed me up and spit me out a new, slightly traumatized person. I’m mentally exhausted and I’ve been seeing the world through completely different eyes now. It’s already been more than a month since this trip and I’m still looking for the words to describe what I experienced in these places. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Dear Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Senegal, Mauritania, Algeria, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte D’Ivoire, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Chad, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Cameroon, São Tomé, Gabon, Seychelles, Mauritius, Lesotho, Swaziland, Comoros, Madagascar, Mozambique, Equatorial Guinea, Rep. of Congo, and Central African Republic- ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Thank you for giving me an unfiltered glimpse into an aspect of the world that, for the most part, goes unmentioned. I hope someday I can find the right words to tell their stories"

#3 Karimabad Hunza, Pakistan

"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!"

#4 Apia, Samoa

"This is one of my favorite memories from traveling solo. I remember waking up way too early and driving past stunning waterfalls in the lush jungle to get to this place. I climbed down that slippery ladder and at first there was a small old man collecting leaves from the pool with a net. He didn’t say anything but had the best toothless smile. When he finished his work I dove into the crystal clear salt water. The cold was a shock the system but it felt soft like it had been filtered & tamed by the lava rock. Explored the little caves to the sides and discovered one of them lead back to the ocean. 

I floated and soaked in the silence until it was broken by the sound of rain How I got this shot: I hired a taxi driver to take me to this place early in the morning to avoid crowds (typically getting there before 8 or 9 AM is best if it’s somewhere that tour buses might go). Then I befriended the taxi driver on the way and asked him if he could please take a photo for me when we got there. Thankfully he agreed and when we got to this spot, I adjusted the setting on my camera then showed the taxi driver exactly how I wanted him to line up the shot and I asked him to take a few before I ran down & jumped in the water. 

This is how I get most of the photos where I’m the subject. Whether it’s a stranger or one of my friends taking the photo there’s always a chance that it’s not going to turn out the way you envisioned but it’s always worth a shot"

#5 Petra, Jordan

#6 Brugge, Belgium

#7 Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

#8 Lalibela, Ethiopia

#9 Trakai, Lithuania

"The kind of place that begins with “Once upon a time...”

#10 Islamabad, Pakistan

"5 in-person trips to the embassy in Los Angeles, 2 formal interviews, 3 different tour companies/fixers, 2 LOIs, countless phone calls and 6 months later I finally made it to PAKISTAN The media always exaggerates and blows out of proportion but so far I can’t get enough of this incredible country! 

Every day has brought not only new tastes & sights but also a renewed sense of appreciation for the kindness of people in faraway places. Even this truck driver’s nice way of telling me to move out of the way was to just start driving forward slowly"

#11 Zimbabwe

#12 North Korea

"Officially traveled to every country in the world It’s crazy to have years of hard work culminate into one single moment. I’m so grateful to everyone that’s helped me get here. The greatest chapter of my life is coming to a close. Cheers to a new beginning"

#13 Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Looking back on old photos, I’m realizing my favorites aren’t the ones of beautiful places. It’s the photos of friends and family & the memories we captured that have the most meaning. Traveling with someone creates this bond that you continue to share no matter how much time passes. Feeling extra grateful for my friends this week soooo here’s a montage of some people I really love. Take this as a friendly reminder to snap tons of photos and videos of the people in your life, you’ll be so happy you did!

#14 Zimbabwe

"Crocodile cage diving so much more intense than I anticipated!"

#15 Pakistan

Offbeat places, friendly faces This trip... the grit of it, the awesome conversations, the depth of experiences and sense of real exploration are what I'm always trying to find my way back to.

#16 Darvaza Gas Crater, "Gates Of Hell", Turkmenistan

Roasting marshmallows over the DOOR TO HELL Last week I was camping in the middle of nowhere with @fearlessandfar & a bunch of drunk Russian speaking men. Being fed way too much food from the kindest locals and running around this pit of fire was definitely one of the most epic & memorable nights of my life. No one really knows how Darvaza Crater was created but it’s been burning for over 40 years. Its such a fitting addition to this otherwise mysterious landscape. Have you ever seen anything like this before??

#17 Oahu, Hawaii

SO grateful for these amazing trips around the sun, for a life brimming with abundance, and the wonder of having a healthy human body that gives me a chance to climb up mountains & learn something new every single day.

#18 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

#19 Asmara, Eritrea

This is an abandoned Russian cargo plane in the middle of Eritrea I happened to stumble across. Did this plane crash-land in North Africa during a war? Or did the pilot leave it behind after falling in love with an Eritrean woman? When I see random objects like this with such an intriguing but mysterious history, I like to imagine what happened in the past and also what could be done with it in the future.

If this plane was in your backyard, what would you turn it into? A trendy bed and breakfast? A cool office? I think it has the potential to become a very stylish nightclub with a little elbow grease and some remodeling work! 

#20 Cairo, Egypt

The sands of time at our fingertips, The world is such a fascinating place it makes my imagination run wild every day. These pyramids were built over 4000 years ago yet we can still climb inside them. You can even see the ash on the ceiling from the torches they carried as they buried ancient pharaohs in their tombs. Such a mind blowing place Egypt will always be one of my favorite countries because of it's incredible history.

#21 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

#22 Morondava, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar

#23 Afghanistan

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.

#24 Rio De Contas, Bahia, Brazil

Brazil is one of the most surprising countries in the world! It’s endlessly changing landscapes alone make it a country I can’t wait to visit again & again. 

#25 Petra, Jordan

#26 Angers, France

I’m in one of those rare times in life where everything seems to be working out perfectly and I couldn’t be more grateful. Sorry that I have joy BURSTING from my fingertips right now but I just got on a flight to a country I’ve never been to before and I’m so freaking excited!

#27 Gilgit-Baltistan "Land Of Mountains", Pakistan

This was one of the top 5 craziest adventures of my life! After riding like maniacs on the top of our 15 passenger van through the Karakoram Mountains for countless hours we arrived at the launching point. We switched into these 4x4 rock crawling land rovers and ascended up the aptly named “most dangerous road in the world”. The local driver swerved recklessly around loose gravel corners with heart pounding 500+ ft. drops to the left. After nearly 3 hours of that, we arrived at the starting point for the hike to Fairy Meadows. 

Our group quickly fell into different paces which gave us time to feel even more secluded in the deep wilderness of Northern Pakistan. We hiked up roughly 2500 ft. as the sun set on the little Swiss cabins we would sleep in that night. The temperature dropped rapidly. All our bodies were acting funny because of the altitude. The 10 of us huddled around the common room stove sharing stories and stretching our deliciously sore muscles. ‘Twas a day & night that I’ll never forget

#28 Cairo, Egypt

#29  Northern Iraq

Thoughts from inside Sadam Hussein's abandoned tank, One of the most influential aspects of travel is what it teaches us about the past. The revolution that overthrew the Sadam regime in Iraq happened during the 1990's and early 2000's. This tank was defeated & left behind as a relic to remind the people how far they've come. In situations like these I'm often reminded of how much I don't understand and how much more there is to learn. There are so many sides of world history that weren't explained to me in a textbook or on the news.

Travel is the perfect tool to open up new conversations with each other, it leads to understanding different perspectives that we otherwise might have missed. There's nothing more captivating than stepping foot on the ground where history was made. These in-person experiences breed empathy and compassion. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to share these deeply meaningful experiences with you guys. 

#30 Cambodia

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