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?
Antigua & Deps. (Barbuda, Redonda)
Leeward Islands, French (St. Martin)
St. Maarten (formerly Netherlands Antilles)
Turks and Caicos Islands
Virgin Islands, U.S. (St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas)
Virgin Islands, British (Tortola, etc.)
Cape Verde Islands
Europe and Mediterranean
Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Minorca)
Turkey in Europe (Istanbul)
Senegal (sitting on plane during refueling)
China, People's Rep.
Japan (in transit only)
Turkey in Asia
And that doesn't even count Saturna Island or Birch Bay Village!
Posted by Kathy and Brian at 4:52 AM