Friday, May 18, 2012

Country Count

My trip to Dominica last month had the number of countries in my travel career (!!) to forty. 40! I am pretty impressed with that, even though there are still so many places I want to visit. I think I have made a decent start in seeing the world and experiencing all that I can.

There is always constant banter among my travel mates about our country count, and what really constitutes the ability to count a country. I think last discussions have concluded that you need to have slept in the country, spent the currency, and been to a touristy thing. Although what list of countries you base this on is a whole other discussion! All in fun, with people who love travel and experiencing new places - and challenging each other!

I have been doing this post every year since this blog started, and it usually finds me either just back from travels or about to start some - I am at the latter today! Tomorrow, in fact! Can't wait. Although these particular plans are not going to add to the map below.

So in the past 12 months I have added places that haven't made a huge red impact, due to the actual size of them, but have included New Caledonia and Vanuatu, and then Trinidad and Tobago and Dominica. I have revisited the USA, Sri Lanka and Barbados during this time too.

visited 40 states (17.7%)

I am thinking that 60 by 40 could be an achievable goal for me! How many places have you visited around The World?


  1. I'm at 43. You're going to over take me soon as I can't imagine I'll be hitting up any new countries in the near future.

    1. Closing in...although can't see the overtake happening this year.
      Ahhh, still, you never know where you might go before then!

  2. I've been to 33 countries (airports don't count) - but pretty much all of mine are in Europe, Southeast Asia and Oceania. Still so much more to see...

    1. Agree, airport stops don't count. Always part of the debate!
      Have to leave the airport to see anything of the country!


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