De Pecol found her first nonprofit endorsement through the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism, and after that, she decided to reach out to big and small companies and independent investors to contribute to her mission. "A lot of people think it's so easy to find a sponsor to travel," she said. "One of the most difficult aspects of this expedition was trying to find funding through sponsorship."
Most of the outreach was done long before she had more than 330,000 followers on Instagram, which helped fund the latter portion of her trip. "I have been doing this whole expedition for a total of 3 to 3 1/2 years, including the year and a half part of the departure," she said. "So, I reached out to 10,000 different companies and out of that, I have about 20 to 25 sponsors."
De Pecol plans to create a documentary based on her travels, and used that as a bargaining chip to attract sponsors — like Land Rover and Eagle Creek — which would then be featured in the film.
3. Keep lodging costs down, and leverage credit card points
De Pecol was also able to arrange free stays at luxury eco-hotels once her social media following grew, which helped to keep costs down (you can also volunteer your expertise or labor for free stays at many places). Otherwise, she opted for Airbnb or hostels, used points on her credit card to pay for flights, and often took long bus or boat rides to get from one place to another. In fact, to break the record, she could only take scheduled public transport between countries — not private jets or boats.