Jessica Nabongo

Jessica Nabongo (thecatchmeifyoucan)
Jessica Nabongo was recently featured in Money magazine for visiting 175 countries. She expects to become the first black woman to visit every country in the world in October of this year. (See “Quick note” below.)

According to her website bio, Jessica is “a first generation American…born and raised in Detroit, Michigan to Ugandan parents. She attended St. John’s University in New York, where she earned her undergraduate degree in English literature. In just a few years after college, she started (and ended) a career in pharmaceutical sales, moved to Japan to teach English, and completed a graduate degree at the London School of Economics. She captured her experiences along the way, honing her photography skills. As her career path changed, Jessica realized that travel, writing and photography continued to show up as vehicles of self expression and were essential parts of her life, leading to the creation of [her] site, The Catch Me If You Can.”

Jessica has over 117,000 followers on Instagram and is definitely a travel inspiration.

Quick note: A reader has pointed out that Woni Spotts claims to have accomplished that feat already. has in fact been contacted regarding the disagreement between the two. With insufficient evidence to prove either’s claim outright (Woni traveled almost entirely off social media), we feel it’s not the role of this website to adjudicate between these two accomplished and inspiring travelers.

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3 Comments On "Travel Instagrammer of the Week: Jessica Nabongo"
  1. Adri|

    Woni Spotts is the first Black woman to travel to all 195. she accomplished it in 2018. Please do a little research because Jessica is out there deceiving people even after countless people have told her about Woni.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Good to know! We will update the article.

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