Where I’ve Been

The map below shows the countries where I have lived (in red), and the countries where I have travelled so far (in blue). In addition, USA, Canada and Australia show by states as well, and the UK by constituent countries.

I’d never really thought about “the number” until I started my blog and friends started asking me exactly how many places had I been to. Ultimately it’s all about the places I’ve been and the experiences I’ve had there, which no number can adequately portray. It also reflects twenty-five years of travelling so far, here’s hoping for a few more decades!

Still, I was surprised when I first sat down and counted them. I am now up to 80 based on wikipedia, listed out below the map. 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. 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!

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, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam.

Europe: Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Vatican, 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, USA.

Oceania: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Antarctica.

South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuala.

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

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    • 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?