Meet the first black woman to visit all the world’s countries

Jessica Nabongo has documented her world travel in a book.

It all began in 2017 when Jessica Nabongo was on a two week vacation in Bali, Indonesia. The Ugandan-American entrepreneur was feeling a bit bored with her professional life and was looking to make a big change. Upon reading an article about a traveller who had just visited every country on the planet in record time, Nabongo realised that that was something she too yearned to do.

Note that by then, (2017), Nabongo had already visited 60 countries. She began travelling at the age of four, tagging along with her Ugandan parents. In October 2019, Nabongo became the first black woman to have travelled to every country in the world when she landed in Seychelles. It had taken more than 450 flights and over a million air miles, but she’d made it to all 195 (UN-recognized) countries on the globe.

Since then, the traveller has written a book titled, “The Catch Me If You Can:  One Woman’s Journey to Every Country in the World. In it, she shares her journey around the globe with fascinating stories of adventure, culture, travel musts, and human connections. It is beautifully illustrated with many of Nabongo’s own photographs, The book documents her remarkable experiences in each country.

“What I do want people to know is that they have everything inside of them to do whatever it is that they want to do in life.” Nabongo says. “And if I could go to every country in the world, which is wild, I feel like everyone’s dream is attainable.”


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