Jessica Nabongo a world traveler from the United States has set out to become the first black woman to visit every country. With just 13 months to complete her goal the Detroit native is on a mission to make this happen.
“I am not new to travel,” says Nabongo. The Millennial first went abroad when she was six years old, and since then has lived on four continents in five countries.
Nabongo, who has dual citizenship as her parents emigrated to the United States from Uganda.
“I travel in a very different way versus someone who goes to see every country in 18 months,” says Nabongo. A globetrotter at heart, she is comfortable with the digital nomad life. “I have a deep and intense knowledge of the world.”
In order to stay on the record journey Nabongo’s will have to visit the 195 UN member countries and observing states, which includes the Vatican and Palestine. She has 89 to go, before her self-imposed deadline of May 15, 2019, which is also her 35th birthday.
In order to fund the rest of her journey to around 40% of the world’s nations, Nabongo is planning on reaching out to brands for sponsorships. She also created a gofundme pagewhere fans can donate money to cover her costs.
Overall, Nabongo has been stunned by the support. “People have already been like, ‘how can we help, what can we do?,’” she says. “People want to see me win and that has been humbling.”