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

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3 Comments

  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.