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Oct 25

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

October Book Club

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”, completed her journey to all 195 UN-recognized countries in the world in October of 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
  • Swimming with humpback whales in Tonga
  • A late night adventure with strangers to cross a border in Guinea Bissau
  • 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!

Get your book

You can purchase a copy if you haven’t read it yet on Bookshop or Amazon.

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, Jessica 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 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 and The Nabongo List, a new travel luxury membership. When she’s not on a plane, she is home tending to her plants in Detroit, Michigan.

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Tuesday, October 25
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Event Host:

Erica Virvo Hackman

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