Friday, January 16, 2009

How long is yours, i.e. your list of countries visited?


You haven't visited Lower Slobbovia? No? Oh my, you've missed a gem. Okay, so there's a tiny element of tourist one-upsmanship that exists when folks compare their travel experiences.

We once ran into a couple strangely proud of having visited 130 "countries" but most travelers we encounter compare notes about the "most special" places they've visited (New Zealand and Thailand are two places on almost everybody's list) rather than the sheer quantity. Be that as it may...

If we use the list provided by the Travelers' Century Club, a group that includes a bunch of places not actually countries (319 as of January 2009) so as to assist you in reaching the magic 100 mark, then joining up and paying the dues, we'll have visited 65 (and been "in transit" at two more) by the end of March 2009, but, hey, who's counting?

Pacific Ocean
Australia
Hawaiian Islands
Tasmania
North America
Alaska
Canada
Mexico
U.S. (continental)

Central America
Costa Rica
Guatemala
Panama

South America
Argentina
Brazil

Colombia
Uruguay

Caribbean
Antigua & Deps. (Barbuda, Redonda)
Bahamas
Barbados

Belize
Cayman Islands
Dominican Republic
Leeward Islands, French (St. Martin)
Puerto Rico
St. Barts
St. Kitts
St. Lucia
St. Maarten (formerly Netherlands Antilles)
Turks and Caicos Islands
Virgin Islands, U.S. (St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas)
Virgin Islands, British (Tortola, etc.)
Atlantic Ocean
Azores Islands
Bermuda
Cape Verde Islands

Europe and Mediterranean
Austria
Belgium

Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Minorca)
Czech Republic
Denmark
England
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Italy
Luxembourg
Malta
Monaco
Netherlands
Norway
Portugal
Sicily
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey in Europe (Istanbul)
Vatican City
Wales
Africa
Egypt
Morocco
Senegal (sitting on plane during refueling)
South Africa
Swaziland
Middle East
None
Indian Ocean
None
Asia
China, People's Rep.
Hong Kong
Japan (in transit only)
Singapore
Thailand
Turkey in Asia


And that doesn't even count Saturna Island or Birch Bay Village!

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