4. Visit all 196 Countries

In the spirit of the 4th of July (US Independence Day), this post is about all the other places I would like to go.  Someday, I would like to travel to every country and territory in the world.  I saw this video of Cassie DePecol, who not only went to every country in the world, but did it in 18 months and 26 days.  So, this promptly climbed to the top of my list.

Here’s where I am so far: (all photos included were taken by or of me)



1. Afghanistan
2. Albania
3. Algeria
4. Andorra
5. Angola
6. Antigua and Barbuda
7. Argentina
8. Armenia
9. Australia
10. Austria
11. Azerbaijan
12. The Bahamas
13. Bahrain
14. Bangladesh
15. Barbados
16. Belarus
17. Belgium
18. Belize
19. Benin
20. Bhutan
21. Bolivia
22. Bosnia and Herzegovina
23. Botswana
24. Brazil
25. Brunei
26. Bulgaria
27. Burkina Faso
28. Burundi
31. Cambodia
32. Cameroon
33. Canada
34. Cabo Verde
35. Central African Republic
36. Chad
37. Chile
38. China
39. Colombia
40. Comoros
41. Democratic Republic of Congo
42. Republic of Congo
43. Costa Rica
44. Cote d’Ivoire
45. Croatia
46. Cuba
47. Cyprus
48. Czech Republic
49. Denmark
50. Djibouti
51. Dominica
52. Dominican Republic
53. Ecuador
54. Egypt
55. El Salvador
56. Equatorial Guinea
57. Eritrea
58. Estonia
59. Ethiopia
60. Fiji
61. Finland
62. France
63. Gabon
64. Gambia
65. Georgia
66. Germany
67. Ghana
68. Greece
69. Grenada
70. Guatemala
71. Guinea
72. Guinea-Bissau
73. Guyana
74. Haiti
75. Honduras
76. Hungary
77. Iceland
78. India
79. Indonesia
80. Iran
81. Iraq
82. Ireland
83. Israel
84. Italy
85. Jamaica
86. Japan
87. Jordan
88. Kazakhstan
89. Kenya
90. Kiribati
91. Kosovo*
92. Kuwait
93. Kyrgyzstan
94. Laos
95. Latvia
96. Lebanon
97. Lesotho
98. Liberia
99. Libya
100. Liechtenstein
101. Lithuania
102. Luxembourg
103. Macedonia
104. Madagascar
105. Malawi
106. Malaysia
107. Maldives
108. Mali
109. Malta
110. Marshall Islands
111. Mauritania
112. Mauritius
113. Mexico
114. Micronesia
115. Moldova
116. Monaco
117. Mongolia
118. Montenegro
119. Morocco
120. Mozambique
121. Myanmar
122. Namibia
123. Nauru
124. Nepal
125. Netherlands
126. New Zealand
127. Nicaragua
128. Niger
129. Nigeria
130. North Korea
131. Norway
132. Oman
133. Pakistan
134. Palau
135. Palestine*
136. Panama
137. Papua New Guinea
138. Paraguay
139. Peru
140. Philippines
141. Poland
142. Portugal
143. Qatar
144. Romania
145. Russia
146. Rwanda
147. Saint Kitts and Nevis
148. Saint Lucia
149. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
150. Samoa
151. San Marino
152. Sao Tome and Principe
153. Saudi Arabia
154. Senegal
155. Serbia
156. Seychelles
157. Sierra Leone
158. Singapore
159. Slovakia
160. Slovenia
161. Solomon Islands
162. Somalia
163. South Africa
164. South Korea
165. South Sudan
166. Spain
167. Sri Lanka
168. Sudan
169. Suriname
170. Swaziland
171. Sweden
172. Switzerland
173. Syria
174. Taiwan*
175. Tajikistan
176. Tanzania
177. Thailand
178. Timor-Leste
179. Togo
180. Tonga
181. Trinidad and Tobago
182. Tunisia
183. Turkey
184. Turkmenistan
185. Tuvalu
186. Uganda
187. Ukraine
188. United Arab Emiriates
189. United Kingdom
190. United States of America
191. Uruguay
192. Uzbekistan
193. Vanuatu
194. Vatican City*
195. Venezuela
196. Vietnam
197. Yemen
198. Zambia
199. Zimbabwe

Total: 17

Next, I’m thinking Colombia, Mexico, Peru, or Azerbaijan.  What do you recommend?




  1. You’ve made quite a bit of headway! I saw that video as well! I want to visit all the countries as well, but I want to do it much slower, so I can really get a feel for a place instead of just checking it off the list. I’m 21 down, just 175 left, right? 😉 Hoping to make some headway on my upcoming year-long RTW trip!

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      • Copenhagen would be the most obvious place to visit. It’s the capital and a lot of the most famous Danish attractions can be found there. Tivoli is definitely a must. It’s an amusement park and it’s the second oldest in world! (The oldest is ‘Bakken’ which is also in Denmark). They’re both so charming:) Then there’s of course the little mermaid, though she’s actually not all that if you ask me. The statue is pretty tiny:P


      • That’s awesome! I’m just gonna give you a fair warning though. It tends to rain a lot. If you’ve ever been to the UK you probably know a bit about that. The weather here is very similar. I like it though. I don’t think I could stand if it was hot and sunny all the time:P

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  2. I’ve been to 40 countries so far — just added Hungary and Croatia to my list.

    You could easily knock off 4 or 5 in one 4-week trip within Europe. Denmark is fantastic, so I agree it’s well worth seeing.

    A friend recently visited Colombia and loved it (I’ve only been to Cartagena, a long time ago). Peru is very well worth it and I love Mexico — lived there as a teen and have been there multiple times. Read the USA Today story, though, about problems at some major Mexican resorts…


    • 40 is phenomenal! A good friend lives in Bogota, Colombia, so I might be strategic and save hotel money, with the added bonus of spending time with my friend.

      I’m torn, because I think you’ve sold me on Mexico too. I’ll look up that article today. I do love history and sightseeing, do you have a favorite place for that aspect?


      • I am lucky — I was the only child of adventurous and self-employed parents, which made travel a huge priority for us…my 1st trip was by car to Mexico when I was two (from Vancouver, Canada) when my parents apparently put my crib in the backseat. I had a Paris-based EU fellowship at 25, and in that year alone I traveled (on someone else’s dime) to Denmark, Italy, England, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Holland, Montserrat.

        Mexico is an amazing place…Mexico City, for sure; Oaxaca, for sure…after that, so many choices! Taxco is the small gorgeous inland city where they make much of the silver jewelry and objects. You need to do serious research on safety, now…Acapulco is not looking good in this regard, which is a shame.

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      • That’s fantastic, I had a similar experience living in Hong Kong when I was very young. I’m assuming you speak French from living in Canada and doing a Paris-based EU fellowship? That’s wonderful too!

        Hopefully, I’ll be able to travel there soon, but thank you for the safety tips! I’ll be sure to do tons of research in advance.


      • Lucky you! Have never been to HK but would love to.

        I speak French because I made a very deliberate decision to become bilingual to be able work more widely as a journalist — I studied French to 3rd yr university. That helped me win my fellowship and a staff newspaper job in Montreal.

        Mexico is one of my favorite places. I hope you get there and discover it.

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