where I’ve been


Like many people who will read this, I love everything about travel – the experiences, people, places, culture, connections! And since I started travelling I have been recording it in so many ways – travel journals, photos, marking up the roads I’ve travelled on maps, this blog. And then one day “the question” came up – how many countries have I been to?

The map below shows the countries where I have lived (in orange), and the countries where I have travelled so far (in yellow). And for the days when the map just won’t load,  they’re also listed out below by region.

That’s 82 so far based on wikipedia’s list of sovereign states. And that’s without counting Antarctica which I guess is not a sovereign state, and is also not counted in my total as I have only peered at it from above. Putting my feet on its ground and ice is No. 1 on my bucket list though.

The good news is that there are apparently 206 sovereign states in total, so I’m not even half way through yet. So many places to keep going back to, so many more to visit for the first time. Not to mention so many I haven’t written about yet!

Africa: Egypt, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Asia and Middle East: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam.

Europe: Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Liechenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK (England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales), Vatican City.

North America: Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles(Curacao), USA.

Oceania: Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Vanuatu.

South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile incl. Easter Island, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuala,

I love a good recommendation, so come on, tell me about your favourite place or the place I just must visit next!

4 thoughts on “where I’ve been”

  1. Hi Vicki

    I discovered your blog while researching Myanmar.
    It sounds like we’ve followed a fairly similar path! I don’t have red hair (although I’m sure a bottle could fix that!) but I also have the travel bug and mine probably also hit me in about 1988…….while sitting in the grand bizarre in Istanbul, sipping apple tea. In those days, in Turkey, it was rather obscure to see a female travelling with a backpack and 3 male companions, but we had an absolute ball. I was not born in NZ but am married to someone who was. I grew up in South Africa and have lived in Bondi Beach for the past almost 20 years and since that fateful day in 1988, have also travelled to about 80 countries (give or take) and counting.
    Anyway, I loved reading your blog on Myanmar and have just one question………do you think it is suitable to take a 7 year old there?? He is well travelled having been to South Africa (5 times), NZ (7 times), Thailand (3 times), Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Israel, Fiji (of course), Cook Islands and Mauritius. What do you think?? It just looks so amazing and reminds me of the ‘good old days’ in Thailand so I just don’t want to wait too long when it will no doubt be just another commercial ‘same, same, but different’ Asian country.

    Anyway, let me know your thoughts.

    P.S Beautiful sunrise in paradise (ie. Bondi Beach) this morning!

    1. Hi Karen, sorry for my slow response, a bit hectic for a while but calmed down now! I love the similarities in our travels over the decades, very cool. Burma would be great for a seven year old, especially one as traveled as he is! I found Burma very safe for traveling, the infrastructure is improving fast, the locals are friendly (some a bit shy) and aren’t tired of tourists yet – and it’s no where near as busy and hectic as the rest of south east asia – you’ll love it. Sounds like we need to meet up and swap old travel stories over a beer and bondi sunset one day soon – let me know! Cheers Vicki

  2. You’ve been to so many places! I love it! Can’t wait until I can visit as many as you have! How long do you count staying in a country to say you have lived there? Oh, and you need to go to Hawaii.

    1. Hi Kimmy, good catch, my map is wrong, I have been to Hawaii. I would love to get back there though, it was so beautiful, I last visited in about 1991! In terms of where I’ve lived, I am a born and bred kiwi and also lived in the UK for 10 years and Australia now for 13 years, so I haven’t had to figure out what the definition of living vs visiting is – I suspect it’s more about intent than length of time, what do you think?

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