Where In The World I’ve Travelled

As of 2022 the United Nations acknowledges that 193 independent countries exist in the world today. Wikipedia lists 193 as of 2022, which includes sovereign states and dependent territories. So it appears the number of countries and territories that exist in the world today are up for debate.

People take their own personal interpretation, which is what I have done when creating my own list of places in the world I’ve traveled. I know this is a hot topic, one which gets people arguing: from the fact that Taiwan may not be considered independent from China or that you have to factor in the number of days or time spent in a country to make it a legitimate “visit.”

My personal travel list reflects the tourism philosophy that I have only ever visited a county if I have gotten to know the culture in an intimate way. For the most part this means I’ve been in a destination for at least 3 days.

Destinations which I have technically visited such as Samoa, where I had a 6 hour layover, are not included in this list as I did not have a chance to experience their culture, other than the washroom at the airport!

I’ve also technically included some countries twice, like France and Tahiti, and the United States and Puerto Rico. While technically part of the same country, they are far removed and feature such a unique history and culture….a journey requires its own unique story.

  1. Canada
  2. United States
  3. Hawaii
  4. Costa Rica
  5. Trinidad and Tobago
  6. Bahamas
  7. US Virgin Islands
  8. St. Martin
  9. England
  10. France
  11. Spain
  12. Portugal
  13. Norway
  14. Sweden
  15. Denmark
  16. Germany
  17. Holland
  18. Belgium
  19. Luxembourg
  20. Austria
  21. Slovakia
  22. Hungary
  23. Italy
  24. Switzerland
  25. Liechtenstein
  26. Scotland
  27. South Korea
  28. North Korea
  29. Japan
  30. Philippines
  31. Malaysia
  32. Singapore
  33. Cambodia
  34. Vietnam
  35. Thailand
  36. Laos
  37. Hong Kong
  38. Macau
  39. Indonesia
  40. Australia
  41. New Zealand
  42. Fiji
  43. Chile
  44. Argentina
  45. Uruguay
  46. Bolivia
  47. Peru
  48. Ecuador
  49. Mexico
  50. Belize
  51. Guatemala
  52. Panama
  53. Galapagos Islands
  54. Iceland
  55. Finland
  56. Russia
  57. Latvia
  58. Estonia
  59. South Africa
  60. Ireland
  61. United Arab Emirates
  62. Turkey
  63. Czech Republic
  64. Namibia
  65. Cuba
  66. Jamaica
  67. Puerto Rico
  68. Curacao
  69. Nicaragua
  70. Greece
  71. Israel
  72. Tahiti
  73. Bermuda
  74. India
  75. Maldives
  76. Bosnia
  77. Croatia
  78. Wales
  79. Jordan
  80. Egypt
  81. Brazil
  82. Vatican City
  83. Colombia
  84. Taiwan
  85. Myanmar
  86. Morocco
  87. Poland
  88. Malta
  89. Romania
  90. Albania
  91. North Macedonia
  92. Bulgaria

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  1. Two countries on your impressive list stick out like a sore thumb to me.
    1) England – I’m English, so what did you think of my country?
    2) North Korea – Firstly, how the hell did you get in (and out)? Secondly, what’s it like? I want to learn as much about the DPRK because it is just so secretive.

    1. I’m also English my family moved to Canada two generations ago and I’ve been to England many times. North Korea is crazy. You should watch the National Geographic Special “Inside North Korea” with Lisa Ling its so interesting. Before 2008 (when a South Korean woman got shot on her trip to the North) they had over a million tourists travel to North Korea (through the south korean militarized zone). The tours were three days and involved a lot of mountain hikes.

    2. You should watch the Departures episode (you can watch it on Citytv online) where they go to DPRK you will learn lots about it.