The LIST

Howdy all. Welcome to this Monday, a Monday where clearly I was struggling to think of what I would share with you, dear reader, and so I decided that I might as well do it, finally. I am sharing the list of the places that I have, thus far in my life (and touch wood but you never know, this might be the final list. Who knows if we will ever be let out of Australia again!)

I am not big on counting countries. I swear! But you know it’s been a long time for me without international travel, and I wanted to share something today and I have always thought about writing a list, and so here it is.

My first ever overseas trip was in 1978. Yep. That’s right. A long time ago indeed. I don’t count it though – it was when I was three years old, and perhaps unsurprisingly, I don’t recall a single thing from it. Then came 1986, another family trip, I was 11 years old. All the countries I visited on this trip I have since revisited. Which is great because even for this one I again have poor memories. Better than 1978, obviously, but it’s all mostly a blur.

1999 was my first solo trip. Then 2000-01 I took a shorter trip. 2002 a University trip to Bangladesh. 2004 was 9 months on the road around the world including land from Bangladesh to Europe. 2006 West Africa. 2007 a mixture of the Baltics, UK and West Africa again, 2009 Ethiopia, Dubai and Jordan, 2011 was my last big trip ‘around the world’ as it were, the best part of a year. Since then there’s been a smattering of trips to different places. And so that’s how I have organised the list for you – according to the year and trip I first visited a place – barring 1978. I guess I am laying out my credentials. The story, in very very brief terms of my travel. 84 countries. Many I have returned to more than once – for example Japan more than half a dozen, India four times, Russia three for starters. Anyways. No competition. It’s nice to do but it’s not the be all and end all. Plenty out there have visited far more and some claim to have visited ‘every country in the world’.

*I think of Wales, England, Scotland & Northern Ireland (the last of which I haven’t visited) as separate countries, which according to many they are not (ie they are the United Kingdom). They all have separate national Football and Rugby teams, and Scotland has its own international cricket team. So I count them separately.

 CountryYear First Visited
1Australia 
2Hong Kong1986
3Switzerland1986
4Germany1986
5Austria1986
6Italy1986
7France1986
8China1986
9Thailand1999
10India1999
11Denmark1999
12Russia1999
13Egypt1999
14Vatican City1999
15Belgium1999
16The Netherlands1999
17Czech Republic1999
18England1999
19Republic of Ireland1999
20Scotland1999
21Sweden1999
22Norway1999
23Iceland1999
24USA1999
25Canada1999
26Cambodia2000
27Wales2000
28Bangladesh2002
29Malaysia2004
30Singapore2004
31Pakistan2004
32Iran2004
33Turkey2004
34Bulgaria2004
35Romania2004
36Serbia2004
37Montenegro2004
38Croatia2004
39Bosnia-Herzegovina2004
40Slovenia2004
41Slovakia2004
42Poland2004
43Hungary2004
44Fiji2004
45Ghana2006
46Togo2006
47Benin2006
48Niger2006
49Burkina Faso2006
50Lithuania2007
51Latvia2007
52Estonia2007
53Finland2007
54Mali2007
55Senegal2007
56Morocco2007
57Jordan2009
58UAE2009
59Ethiopia2009
60Vietnam2011
61Laos2011
62Japan2011
63Kazakhstan2011
64Kyrgyzstan2011
65Uzbekistan2011
66Cameroon2011
67Georgia2011
68Indonesia2012
71Sri Lanka2013
72Myanmar2015
73New Zealand2015
74Ecuador2016
75Peru2016
76Bolivia2016
76Argentina2016
77Brazil2016
78Mongolia2017
79Tajikistan2019
80Turkmenistan2019
81Israel2019
82Belarus2019
83Spain2019
84Portugal2019

Thanks for popping by today. May the Journey Never End!

13 thoughts on “The LIST

  1. Very impressed of the number of countries you’ve been to so far in your life! I’m currently on 52, a number which has been stuck since 2019 due to the pandemic. My goal is to ideally reach 60 countries by the time I’m 30, which is coming up fast…highly-doubtful if this dream will be reached, but a girl can dream! I hope you can travel internationally once more– if not by this year or the next, surely in 2023!

  2. Yes, Australia is back to its roots, a big jail. The list is impressive, not only for the number, but also for the diversity, which proves your genuine curiosity for what lies beyond the horizon. Keep it up!

  3. I know what you’re talking about, Andy. I’m actually not sure we’re ever going to get out of this island prison again. And yet, our Prime Minister, who says we can’t, has just been to the UK.

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