My Impossible 5 Minute Trip to North Korea

by MAC

Since 2017 the United States banned Americans from going to North Korea. No travel company will take you to North Korea if you only have a US passport. You would actually be charged with a felony if you visited the DPRK during the travel ban as an American! If you have another passport (non-US) then it is very easy to go on a trip there. This wouldn’t be a problem for most Americans considering that going to North Korea is something that only ‘extreme travelers’ are interested in exploring.

This travel ban presented a huge barrier in my life because I was attempting to travel to every country and break the Guinness World Record for the Youngest Person to Travel to Every Country.

There is a process to apply for a special passport and an exemption to go to North Korea. According to the policy issues by State Department this is only for people engaged in journalism, humanitarian work and people acting in the national interest of the United States.

I tried absolutely everything that you can think of over the course of 2 years in an attempt to properly visit this country but I ran into dead ends at every turn. In the end, the last option was to visit the blue house conference rooms on the Joint Security Area on the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea which is considered one of the most dangerous borders in the world.

In no way at all do I feel satisfied with only being able to stand in North Korea for 5 minutes but I’m grateful to have been allowed to step foot in the country to break this Guinness World Record. It was also fascinating to have had such in-depth insight into the relationship between North and South Korea through the experience.

If you want to check out more of my adventures, check out my Instagram:



Lexie Limitless June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

Would you travel to North Korea?

Jennifer Lambert June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

Would love to travel with u at some point.

allen kharbani June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

i do really love her , but i don't think its fair to the other guy (whose record she broke) who actually spend time in north korea, while she just entered a house on the border. no hate. just an opinion.

Hanna K June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

Watching your videos to fill the void that is the lack of travel!

Ashran Baig June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

This is so inspiring, I literally had tears when the soldier was signing. Congratulations dear & lots of love from India.

Mizzi June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

I would like to travel the world but

Money: Got it
Courage: Got it
Passport: only 23 countries allow me to enter.

I love when she said she is grateful to have such a powerful passport..

PS: I am still waiting for my green card approval which is estimated to be approved in 4-7 Years, after that I need to live there for 5 years to get the US passport. I am 29 years old now. my life is over..

Hristo Dyulgerov June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

19 min vid for a 5 min trip

Justin June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

Dumb video, seeing that's actually quite possible to go to North Korea this is just a wast of YouTube storage space. there's nothing impossible about going to North Korea…. even Americans can go. you just need Russian or Chinese connections so you can pose working for them or something like that. this video is just clickbait…

Mia S June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

You guys are couples' goals!

Asad ahmed Choudhury June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

The first 1min gave me goosebumps

Rishi Tipinis June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

Hey, I don't know if you reply to Dm's but if you ever get the time and do, How much do you think it would cost in total, to travel to every country in the world? (Consider that you've been to no country at all, and start in the United States.) Do you think it would be possible to accomplish it with a million dollars?

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Ramon A. Nevers June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

Lexie, I was in South Korea but did not get to that area. I would love to go there again and visit the JSA on the Demilitarized Zone as you have done to satisfy my thirst for travel. But, when North Korea opens up, I will beat you there or let's go together. BTW at 14:57, I would have made the same smirk knowing that thirst and desire to see the JSA was moments away but you had to view the video that stood in the way. I laughed so hard and reviewed the tape several times.

Jkjkjk June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

I was in the 2019 marathon! Green card holder but not citizen though. Learn some korean before you go so that you can converse with the locals when you can travel there again.
Also absolutely ridiculous if they can charge american as a felony to visit north korea. It’s your first amendment. How can they charge a crime based on nationality only? American government hypocrisy at it’s finest. How about me non american but lived in America? Am i a wanted felon too? Ridiculous. How can a free country not allow communism (there’s an actual law on this) or make traveling to another country a felony?

Flam1ng Trapp3r June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

North Korea is a dangerous country
People who have corona in North Korea the Korean government shoot them in the face

CardBoard is speaking June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

Yezz…I am in love….💗

eh125 June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

Would love to hear your story about travel to balkan countries like bosnia, serbia etc ❤

Alex Maillé June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

Is there a video where she explains how she was able to afford all of this ? I'd be curious.

Faizan Mckagan June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

Very proud of you Lexie

Imish June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

So basically this tour ticket and witness declaration was considered enough evidence for guinness? on paper its nowhere mentioning north korea though

Kapil Lantigua June 29, 2020 - 10:17 am

i didnt know the guy from yes theory was her boyfriend


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