Friday, June 13, 2014

How Many Countries? Some Updated Travel Stats (But Who's Counting?)

We've dabbled in the pastime of counting up the countries we've visited for some time. While it's something we get asked from time to time, ever since we ran into another couple at a cruise stop whose sole purpose in travel - if not in life - was to make stops in as many countries as possible, we cringe a little at the topic.

Like so many other aspects of life, it also depends on how you count them.  So far in 2014 it just happens that we've added two new countries to our list. Early on we spent a glorious week in the Republic of The Maldives, more commonly referred to as the Maldive Islands, or simply The Maldives.

More recently we've just returned from our first visit to Vietnam.

Based on the Century Travelers' Club list of 321 entities, we've been in a total of 94 "countries" to date. You'll notice the list includes a lot of places that aren't sovereign states, but it's one harmless way for us to keep tabs.

Pacific Ocean
Australia
French Polynesia (Tahiti,Tuamotu, Austral, Gambier)
Hawaiian Islands
New Zealand
Tasmania
North America
Alaska
Canada
Mexico
U.S. (continental)
Central America
Belize (British Honduras)
Costa Rica
Guatemala
Honduras
Panama
South America
Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Uruguay
Caribbean
Antigua & Deps. (Barbuda, Redonda)
Bahamas
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Dominican Republic
Jamaica
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
Canary Islands
Cape Verde Islands
Iceland
Madeira
Europe and Mediterranean
Austria
Belgium
Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Minorca)
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
England
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ionian Islands (Corfu, etc.)
Ireland (Eire)
Ireland, Northern (Ulster)
Italy
Luxembourg
Malta
Monaco
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Russia
Sicily
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey in Europe (Istanbul)
Vatican City
Wales
Africa
Egypt
Lesotho
Morocco
Senegal (plane refueling only - did not go through immigration)
South Africa
Swaziland
Zimbabwe
Middle East
None
Indian Ocean
The Maldives
Asia
China, People's Rep.
Hong Kong
India
Japan
Korea, North (DMZ tour only)
Korea, South
Malaysia
Singapore
Taiwan
Thailand
Turkey in Asia
Vietnam

Here's another way to look at it. Using this source, we've visited 75 sovereign states whose combined territories cover 33.3% of the earth's surface. Obviously, we still have a long way to go.





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