In her travelogue “The Catch Me If You Can: One Woman’s Journey to Every Country in the World,” 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.
Nabongo’s top 100 destinations
In her memoir, Nabongo 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.
Love letters to diversity and beauty
Nabongo and her 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.