What exactly is a country?
The Travelers' Century Club, established for those who have visited 100 or more countries and want to, well, flaunt it, says of the 320 "countries" it lists, "Although some are not actually countries in their own right, they have been included because they are removed from parent, either geographically, politically or ethnologically."
How many countries have we visited? Updating our September 2009 count of 73, we have now visited a total of 76 on the Century Club's list. But, as we've said before, 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)
Ireland, Northern (Ulster)
Turkey in Europe (Istanbul)
Senegal (plane refueling)
China, People's Rep.
Turkey in Asia