My Story

My name is Alexis Alford and I’m currently 20 years old. I was born in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California. I have been traveling for as long as I can remember with my family who own a travel agency.

If all goes according to plan, I will break the Guinness World Record for the Youngest Person to Travel to Every Country. I have traveled to 125 countries and I aim to travel to all 196 countries before I’m old enough to drink in the United States. I intend to inspire others to choose the path less traveled by breaking down common misconceptions about millennials, women and foreign cultures.

I attended Nevada Union High School before graduating two years early as a sophomore. I wasn’t as stimulated as I craved to be in high school and I was determined to find a way reach my potential. In 2016 I received my Associate of Science in Social and Behavioral Sciences with Honors from Sierra College. My cumulative GPA was 3.94 with a consecutive 4.0 GPA for my last three semesters. After graduating I went on to travel throughout Europe, Africa, Central and South America. I have traveled to more than 50 countries in the past 12 months and I have no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

I attribute every aspect of the person I am today to the way I was raised. My father set no limits to what I could become and my parents chose not to shelter me from the world around us. They didn’t cover my eyes when I saw a family of four sharing one motorbike lying in a pool of blood after a collision in Vietnam. I grew up learning very real life lessons like this; the importance of wearing helmets is permanently engrained in my soul. Memories of the past make us who we are. I will never forget what it felt like to crawl into the Great Pyramid of Giza or the rush of diving into a shark cage surrounded by 16 ft. long, hungry great white sharks.

Everything in life happens for a reason. If it wasn’t for toxic relationships and depression, I may not have had the motivation to change my situation and graduate high school at 16. If it wasn’t for my experiences with orphans in Asian slums I may not have appreciation for the simply things in life most people take for granted. A lifetime of traveling the world has taught me many lessons but above all, I have learned to be grateful. To genuinely understand that this life, this very moment, is a gift because you never know which moment will be your last.

My intention is to use my experiences to make the world a better place in every way I can and I feel honored to have this opportunity to share my story with you. Supporting my mission not only empowers my journey around the world but also supports a new generation of women everywhere to pursue their passions not regardless of the obstacles we face but because of them. To find out more about this world record breaking mission follow @lost_lexie on Instagram and ask yourself, “how can you change the world if you have never been there?