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Countries I’ve visited

 

 

It’s a fascinating question, how many countries there really are in the world. I consider that the undisputed countries are the 193 members of the United Nations, plus the two UN observer states: Palestine and Vatican.

There are a number of other geopolitical entities that are sometimes counted as countries: Taiwan, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Western Sahara. I have visited a few of those: Hong Kong, Macau, Kosovo, Transnistria. They are not counted on the list though.

So here is the list of the countries which I have visited so far:

1. Estonia
2. Russia
3. Ukraine
4. Latvia
5. Lithuania
6. Germany
7. France
8. Finland
9. Poland
10. Belgium
11. Netherlands
12. Austria
13. Czech Republic
14. Italy
15. Vatican
16. Luxembourg
17. UK
18. Ireland
19. Monaco
20. Denmark
21. Spain
22. USA
23. Norway
24. Greece
25. Switzerland
26. Turkey
27. San Marino
28. Portugal
29. Malta
30. Tunisia
31. Mexico
32. Hungary
33. Slovakia
34. Iceland
35. Sweden
36. Albania
37. Bulgaria
38. China
39. Seychelles
40. Mauritius
41. Slovenia
42. Israel
43. Palestinian Territories
44. Jordan
45. Cuba
46. Morocco
47. Australia
48. Croatia
49. Montenegro
50. Egypt
51. India
52. Georgia
53. Liechtenstein
54. Thailand
55. Myanmar
56. Brazil
57. Argentina
58. Uruguay
59. Japan
60. Cyprus
61. Cambodia
62. Belize
63. Guatemala
64. Peru
65. Bolivia
66. Paraguay
67. Chile
68. South Korea
69. Laos
70. Vietnam
71. Malaysia
72. Singapore
73. Indonesia
74. New Zealand
75. Fiji
76. Vanuatu
77. Brunei
78. Philippines
79. Nepal
80. Romania
81. Serbia
82. Armenia
83. Bosnia and Herzegovina
84. Macedonia
85. Andorra
86. Moldova
87. Bahrain
88. UAE
89. Oman
90. Kuwait
91. Dominican Republic
92. The Bahamas
93. El Salvador
94. Honduras
95. Nicaragua
96. Costa Rica
97. Panama
98. Colombia
99. Antigua
100. Saint Lucia
101. Grenada
102. Haiti
103. Belarus
104. Canada
105. South Africa
106. Swaziland
107. Lesotho
108. Kyrgyzstan
109. Kazakhstan

Is 109 a lot? Knowing how many experiences are linked to visiting these places, I would say it is huge. There are many people though who have visited literally every country in the world. Still more extreme travellers have created even more inclusive lists, listing every sub-region of every country, and compete in who has visited more or all of those. My personal quest is to push my boundaries. Visiting new places is an excellent way to do just that.

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