Anyone who loves to travel does so with hopes and dreams of seeing the world, but for many it could take a lifetime. Even then, it’s a challenge to be able to visit every country, experience every culture, savor scents, sounds and sights of all sorts.

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21-year-old Lexie Alford from Nevada City, California, was able to do just that. On May 31, 2019, upon entering North Korea, she claims to have become the youngest person ever to visit every sovereign nation, of which there are 196 in the whole world. This allows her to be in the running to break the Guinness World Record in that category. (Not to mention she must have an *insane* Instagram gallery.)

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“Travel has been a part of my life since before I can remember,” Lexie shared with Forbes. Born into a family that owns a travel agency could do that to you. “My parents would take me out of school and place me on independent study for weeks and months at a time every year.”

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She had already visited 72 countries when she realized she could break the world record. On her website, Lexie Limitless, she says: “It wasn’t until things started getting really challenging that  I realized what I was doing was inspiring the people around me, especially young women.” Even more impressive, Lexie’s travels are self-funded, made possible by few brand deals and campaigns, working every job she could, and saving since the tender age of 12.

Lexie Alfords is no doubt an inspiration to all who have that ever-present wanderlust. And even if we don’t get to visit every country, every experience builds a treasure trove of memories.

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