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The Catch Me if You Can by Jessica Nabongo
Published by National Geographic on June 14, 2022
Genres: Non Fiction
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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.
Many of us talk about traveling the world, but an intrepid woman ditched corporate life to fill her passport to global adventure. I was keen to read about Jessica Nabango’s memoir on the best 100 destinations in her 195 country record-breaking journey.
The Catch Me If You Can introduced Jessica Nabango from her childhood living in Detroit as a first generation Ugandan American and visits to her mother and father’s homeland, her early thirst for travel and the roundabout path she took to get there through corporate America. Starting her own travel agency, Jet Black, and lifestyle brand, The Catch, adding professional travel photographer, and online influencer with her The Catch Me If You Can website, Jessica proceeded to become the first black woman to visit all 195 UN recognized countries.
Her book is loaded with her own photography (my eARC copy only captured a portion of these) and a plethora of lush destinations. Her vignettes about places, experiences, and people are tinted with emotion and reflection. I felt I was there with her visiting a mountain top Buddhist temple in Laos, attending a family wedding in Uganda, celebrating Persian New Year in Iran, and so much more.
“While I have a lot of rules of thumb for traveling, there is one that I live by as much as possible: I do not travel to new countries with a fear of the unknown… I choose instead to live by what is true, to be in the moment.” Pp. 332
In the end, she sums up her thoughts and leaves a bucket list to her readers. I felt my mind broadened and enriched simply from reading her book so I can’t imagine how much better following in her actual footsteps would be. Don’t hesitate to pick this up if you love travelogues, memoirs, or simply want to learn to appreciate the wonderful world we live in.