I Don’t Want to Visit Every Country

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The debate about what is and is not a country has been litigated on this blog for quite sometime. Do you go with the TCC list that includes Hawaii, or do you go with the United Nations list that excludes Taiwan? I recently read a post by my friend and fellow T-Bird grad, Lee Abbamonte, called Why I Chose Not to Go on My Expedition. Lee is 6 short of hitting the TCC total of 325 countries and decided that an eternity at sea would not be worth inching closer to that goal. In the post he says that he doesn’t care if he reaches the milestone as much as he previously did.

I agree with him. The more I travel, the more comfortable I am with how I travel. I don’t care to see museums. I don’t want to set foot into another temple. And I do think that spending 3 to 4 days is more than enough to experience the country.

By year end, depending on where the readers send TPOL to live next, I will clear the 100 mark for TCC and will hit at least 72 UN countries. After I reach that goal, I will still go to new places because I want to go, not because I have to go. To be clear, I never wanted to go to half of the places on the TCC list. I just enjoyed the idea of having an endless adventure and reaching the mythical number of 100.

Here’s where I stand with the UN through 2017. The TCC list still needs to be updated. Click on the hyperlinks to see TPOL’s adventure in each country.

UN Country List

Country Visited Through 2017
Total 72
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina x
Armenia
Australia x
Austriax
Azerbaijan
Bahamasx
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbadosx
Belarus
Belgiumx
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Boliviax
Bosnia and Herzegovinax
Botswana
Brazil x
Bruneix
Bulgariax
Burkina Faso
Burma (Myanmar)x
Burundi
Cambodiax
Cameroon
Canada x
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chilex
Chinax
Colombiax
Comoros
Congo, Rep. of
Congo, Dem. Rep. of
Costa Rica x
Côte d'Ivoire
Croatiax
Cuba
Cyprus x
Czech Republic x
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt x
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia x
Fiji
Finland x
Francex
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germanyx
Ghana
Greece x
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungaryx
Icelandx
Indiax
Indonesia x
Iran
Iraq
Irelandx
Israel
Italyx
Jamaica
Japanx
Jordanx
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea, North
South Korea x
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laosx
Latviax
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysiax
Maldives x
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius x
Mexico x
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia x
Montenegrox
Moroccox
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlandsx
New Zealand x
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Panamax
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Perux
Philippinesx
Poland
Portugal
Qatarx
Romaniax
Russiax
Rwanda
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
São Tomé and Príncipe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbiax
Seychellesx
Sierra Leone
Singapore x
Slovakia x
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa x
South Sudan
Spainx
Sri Lanka x
Sudanx
Suriname
Swaziland
Swedenx
Switzerland
Syria
Tajikistan
Tanzaniax
Thailand x
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobagox
Tunisia
Turkeyx
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
UAEx
United Kingdom x
United States x
Uruguayx
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnamx
Yemen
Zambiax
Zimbabwe

 

8 COMMENTS

  1. Yeah I used to think I wanted to hit every country, or some magical milestone. I still do, and want to, go to new places. But now I just go to places that interest me and don’t worry about adding to a list per se.

    Besides, the number of countries, and their boundaries, will not stay stagnant over time, so I figure why get worried about it? I am going to hit every continent though.

    • i think that initial drive to hit numbers was good motivation to get me going and keep me from saying “there are 50 states in the US, i aint gonna visit none others till i see these” 6 continents i’ve been, i don’t care if i ever see Europe haa

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