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The Catch Me If You Can: One Woman's Journey to Every Country in the World

The Catch Me If You Can: One Woman's Journey to Every Country in the World

by Jessica Nabongo
The Catch Me If You Can: One Woman's Journey to Every Country in the World

The Catch Me If You Can: One Woman's Journey to Every Country in the World

by Jessica Nabongo


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In this inspiring travelogue, celebrated traveler and photographer Jessica Nabongo—the first Black woman on record to visit all 195 countries in the world—shares her journey around the globe with fascinating stories of adventure, culture, travel musts, and human connections.

It was a daunting task, but Jessica Nabongo, the beloved voice behind the popular website The Catch Me if You Can, made it happen, completing her journey to all 195 UN-recognized countries in the world in October 2019. Now, in this one-of-a-kind memoir, she reveals her top 100 destinations from her global adventure.
Beautifully illustrated with many of Nabongo's own photographs, the book documents her remarkable experiences in each country, including:

  • A harrowing scooter accident in Nauru, the world’s least visited country,
  • Seeing the life and community swarming around the Hazrat Ali Mazar mosque in Afghanistan,
  • Horseback riding and learning to lasso with Black cowboys in Oklahoma,
  • Playing dominoes with men on the streets of Havana,
  • Learning to make traditional takoyaki (octopus balls) from locals in Japan,
  • Dog sledding in Norway and swimming with humpback whales in Tonga,
  • A late night adventure with strangers to cross a border in Guinea Bissau,
  • And sunbathing on the sandy shores of Los Roques in Venezuela.

Along with beloved destinations like Peru and South Africa, you'll also find tales from far-flung corners and seldom visited destinations, including Tuvalu, North Korea, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic. Nabongo's stories are love letters to diversity, beauty, and culture—and most of all, to the people she meets along the way. Throughout, she offers bucket-list experiences for other travel-lovers looking to follow in her footsteps.

For armchair travelers or readers planning a trip around the globe, this arresting collection will awe and inspire!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426222269
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication date: 06/14/2022
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 30,391
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

JESSICA NABONGO is a writer, photographer, entrepreneur, travel expert, influencer, and public speaker. She completed her journey as the first Black woman on record to travel to all 195 countries of the world in October of 2019. At her core, she is a dreamer looking to craft a life and career that connects her passions and talents. She wants to use her story to educate and inspire others to travel and experience the world around them. A first generation American, Nabongo was born and raised in Detroit by Ugandan parents. She attended St. John’s University in New York where she earned a degree in English Literature, later completing a graduate degree in Development Studies at the London School of Economics. She uses her blog, The Catch Me If You Can, to share her travel adventures and build a global community. She is also the founder of the lifestyle brand The Catch. When she’s not on a plane, she is home tending to her plants in Detroit, Michigan.

Find her at @TheCMIYC on Twitter and at @jessicanabongo and Instagram.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

United States 16

Canada 24

Uganda 30

Jamaica 38

France 40

Japan 44

Honduras 52

Turkey 56

Egypt 60

Croatia 66

Montenegro 68

Benin 70

Italy 78

Vatican City 86

Ghana 90

Uruguay 96

Brazil 100

Ethiopia 106

Kenya 110

Iceland 118

Senegal 120

Colombia 126

Denmark 132

Haiti 134

Laos 140

Finland 144

Peru 146

Cuba 150

Ireland 156

Indonesia 158

Morocco 162

Grenada 166

Djibouti 168

Tanzania 170

Tunisia 174

North Macedonia 178

Bosnia and Herzegovina 180

Guatemala 182

Sri Lanka 184

Maldives 186

India 188

Nepal 192

South-Africa 196

Zambia 200

Namibia 202

Sudan 208

Eswatini 214

Antigua and Barbuda 216

Nigeria 218

Guyana 222

Suriname 226

St. Vincent and the Grenadines 228

Latvia 230

Kyrgyzstan 232

Kazakhstan 236

Uzbekistan 238

Afghanistan 242

Bolivia 248

Solomon Islands 250

Nauru 252

Marshall Islands 258

Palestine 260

Jordan 264

China 270

North Korea 274

Madagascar 278

Comoros 282

Saudi Arabia 286

Somalia 290

Eritrea 294

South Sudan 298

Malawi 304

Libya 306

Mauritania 312

Mali 314

Burkina Faso 320

Trinidad and Tobago 322

Myanmar 326

Iran 330

Yemen 334

Central African Republic 336

Turkmenistan 340

Georgia 344

Russia 348

Guinea-Bissau/Guinea 354

Cabo Verde 358

Gabon 360

Sao Tome and Principe 362

Sierra Leone 364

Samoa 366

Tonga 368

Tuvalu 370

Mongolia 374

Bhutan 376

Pakistan 382

Venezuela 388

Algeria 394

Syria 398

Seychelles 402

Epilogue 404

The 195 by Year Visited 406

My Bucket List for You 408

Acknowledgments 410

Illustrations Credits 412

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