Jessica Nabongo is making history as the prospective first Black woman to travel to every country in the world.
“Less than 200 people in the world have ever gone to every country in the world. So it’s not that a lot of people have done it,” she explained. “And most of the people who’ve done it are Northern Europeans, so it’s quite, like, a very particular subset of the population that would even attempt such a thing.”
Nabongo is a former pharmaceutical rep who gave up her day job to travel the world. So far, she has been to 151 countries— and that number is rapidly growing.
“When I started the journey to be the first, I was already at 60 countries,” she explained. “So, my journey, it’s really been like a game of pick up.”
She says that the long-distance friendships makes the traveling challenging but that she is steadfast in her goal. She officially started her journey in early 2017 and said her adventures are based on research, crowdsourcing, and connecting with locals through her platform on social media.
Last year, she boarded 150 flights and only spent roughly 20% of the year at home. She hopes to complete all 195 countries by October 8, 2019, which is her 35th birthday.