How many countries/cities have you travelled?

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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby cjareck » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:13 pm

My first trip abroad was to Czechoslovakia - I was 12 years old, and they were not separated yet. Does it count as two? ;) This was about 1992.
I was in Paris about 15 years ago. Just a week, but since we were going everywhere on foot, I could "feel" that city. Little earlier I was in Turkey. My uncle sponsored the trip. This was nice mostly due to first flight in my life ;) In Turkey, we were just on the beach, not my type of spending free time.
I was in Germany quite a long time (I studied one semester in Potsdam and visited Berlin daily and I was in Freiburg im Breisgau more ten six months altogether).
In 2006 I went to Lithuania for a conference - a few days with one trip. Later (?) I was there for a week with my wife
In 2010 I was in Moscow for a week. I had an interesting return home since the volcano's eruption I had to go by train via Ukraine.
I was in Vienna a few times in the last years.
In 2017 and 2018 I was in Israel

So:
Czechoslovakia
Turkey
France
Germany
Lithuania
Russia (I do not count Ukraine since I was in the train/car all the time)
Austria
Israel
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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby lavengro » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:38 pm

lavengro wrote:Unless you can include countries through which one was dragged solely for extradition purposes, my travel resume is as follows:

México
South Korea
France
Iceland
Canada (provinces: all except for Newfoundland/Labrador; territories: just the Yukon)
U.S. (states I've been in: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Inebriation, New York, Florida, North Dakota as a small crawly thing, Vermont and Hawai'i)


Update, though not by as much as I would have hoped:

Italy (Roma, Sorrento, Sori, Venezia and various autostrade between those cities travelling at 160 km/h and still getting passed)

Pending in about six weeks:

Costa Rica (not yet sure exactly where within Costa Rica but hopefully the parts where there are less tarantulas, as I am wildly arachnophobic).

Edit to update (2019.05.04):

Costa Rica (San Jose, La Fortuna, Jacó, Quepos)
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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby Serpent » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:29 am

cjareck wrote:My first trip abroad was to Czechoslovakia - I was 12 years old, and they were not separated yet. Does it count as two? ;)
If you went to Bratislava or somewhere else which is now Slovakia, I don't see why you shouldn't count it :)
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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby cjareck » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:40 am

Serpent wrote:f you went to Bratislava or somewhere else which is now Slovakia, I don't see why you shouldn't count it :)

I was 12 years old; this was my first trip without my parents and my first trip abroad. After more than 25 years I can't determine where exactly. It wasn't deep into the country, near the Polish border in the mountains. We visited a monastery and a town. It could be as well in Czechia or as in Slovakia because mountains are along the whole Polish southern border.
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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby javier_getafe » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:52 pm

Uhmmm, let me see, lots of places,

Santo Domingo, Cuba, Moroco as I was young.
Japan, Turkey, Morocco, UK before to birth 40.

From 40 to 49 riding my motorbike, Andorra, France, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Italia, Swizerland and Austria.

I can to recognize that I am enjoying my motorbike's trips like a baby. I'm coming across with incredible people all around Europe.

New years resolutions: to reach Slovenia and Croatia riding through The Alps. If no now when.
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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby IronMike » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:06 pm

David1917 wrote:
Unfortunately my "road dog" days are mostly over. Though, I still try to get to a few new places per year. My top 5 goals are: Morocco, Iran, Norway, Kyrgyzstan, Argentina. I would also love to go to the DPRK just to say I did.

I can HIGHLY recommend Kyrgyzstan. Lovely place. Not easy to get to (from the States), but worth it when you get there.
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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby Eriol » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:33 pm

Iversen wrote:I am a member of a travellers' club, and there we have some criteria which I also follow in my own registrations:

1) In doubtful cases we generally follow the membership list of the UN - though we have kept Taiwan on the list from the days where it represented the whole of China (now only the People's Republic is represented). All in all we have 196 items on our country list.

2) We follow the map as it is now - so I have only one Germany on my list even though I visited both BRD and DDR in the days of yore, and I have listed Uzbekistan even though it was a Sovjet republic when I visited it.

3) You must spend at least 24 hours in a place without interruption - which means that you have passed through customs and pass control in airports. But for boat trips we accept that you spend 24 hours within the national territory as long as you do set foot on land, and we also grudgingly accept people who somehow got inside a country between the offical border control points.

Example: I have never spent 24 hours in a row within the border of the Vatican so the Vatican is not on my list. And Fiji and Pakistan aren't there either since I only sat a couple of hours in the transfer hall of an airport in those two countries.

There are other lists out there which includes far more places. For instance some lists splits the United Kingdom into a number of countries, but nah... we don't.


When someone asks me how many countries I have visited the usual problem is defining what constitutes a country and what constitutes a visit. With the above rules my list would be something like this:

Europe:
Sweden
Norway
Finland
Denmark
Iceland
Germany
Netherlands
UK
France
Spain
Portugal (Madeira)
Italy
Poland
Czech Republic
Hungary
Slovenia
Serbia
Bosnia
Bulgaria
Russia
Estonia
Latvia
Lithuania
Belarus
Ukraine
Moldova
Cyprus
Asia:
Turkey
Georgia
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Iran
Kazakhstan
Israel
Africa:
Morocco
Mauritania
Mali
Burkina Faso
Niger
Benin
Ghana
Senegal
Guinea-Bissau
South Africa
Mozambique
Malawi
Zambia
Zimbabwe
North America:
USA
Canada
South America:
Brazil
Uruguay
Venezuela

Total: 53

Non-visits:

Belgium (a few hours)
Switzerland (one hour, never left the airport)
Austria (a few hours passing through)
Croatia (a few hours)
Jordan (daytrip)
The Gambia (a few hours passing through)
Togo (22 hours)
Botswana (daytrip)
Paraguay (90 minutes)

Non-countries:
Transdniestr
North Cyprus
Palestine
Western Sahara

My last visited new country (Zimbabwe) was five years ago and there are no plans to add to the list any time soon.
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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby Robierre » Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:28 pm

* spent a few months
** lived 1-2 years
*** lived more than 5 years


1) Albania (Tirana, Durres)
2) Andorra (Andorra la Vella)
3) Azerbaijan (Baku, Absheron peninsula)
4) Austria (Vienna, Villach, Klagenfurt)
5) Belgium
- Flanders (Ghent, Antwerp, Bruges, Ostend) with Brussels
- Wallonia (Liège, Namur, Dinant, Durbuy, Bastogne, Arlon)
6) Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo, Višegrad)
7) Bulgaria (Sofia, Rila monastery)
8) Croatia
- Central Croatia *** (Zagreb, Samobor, Bjelovar, Koprivnica, Varaždin, Velika Gorica, Krapina, Karlovac, Sisak and some smaller towns)
- Slavonia (Osijek, Slavonski Brod, Virovitica and some smaller towns in Western Slavonia)
- Dalmatia (Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik)
- Istria *** (Pula, Rovinj, Novigrad, Poreč, Umag, Pazin, Labin, Opatija and small villages, including the islands of Brioni, Cres and Lošinj)
- Rijeka (with some small villages in the region of Gorski Kotar and the island of Rab)
9) Cyprus (Nicosia, Paphos, Limassol)
- Northern Cyprus (Famagusta)
10) France
- Lorraine (Metz, Nancy, Verdun)
- Champagne (Reims, Châlons-en-Champagne)
- Alsace (Strasbourg and Colmar)
- Paris * (with Versailles)
- Auvergne (Clermont-Ferrand, Vichy) and Lyon
- Alpes (Grenoble)
- Southern France (Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Lourdes)
11) Georgia (Tbilisi)
12) Germany
- North Rhine-Westphalia * (Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bonn, Aachen and Essen)
- Rhineland-Palatinate (Mainz, Koblenz, Cochem, Traben-Trarbach, Trier, Saarburg) and Saarland (Saarbrucken)
- Baden-Württemberg (Stuttgart, Freiburg, Mannheim)
- Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich
13) Greece (Athens)
14) Hungary (Budapest)
15) Italy
- Veneto (Venice, Padua, Verona) and Trieste
- Lombardy (Milan, Bergamo)
- Piedmont (Turin, Novara)
- Liguria (Genova, La Spezia, Cinque Terre)
- Emilia-Romagna ** (Parma, Bologna, Rimini)
- Toscany (Florence, Pisa, Siena, Lucca)
- Sicily (Palermo)
- Rome
16) Lichtenstein (Vaduz)
17) Luxembourg (Luxembourg city ***, Echternach, Vianden, Clervaux, Esch-sur-Sûre, Ettelbruck)
18) Macedonia (Skopje, Ohrid)
19) Monaco
20) Montenegro (Kotor, Budva, Sveti Stefan)
21) Norway (Oslo)
22) San Marino
23) Serbia (Belgrade, Niš, Zlatibor)
24) Slovenia
- Slovenian Istria (Koper, Portorož, Piran) and Postojna
- Alps (Bled, Bohinj, Tolmin, Kobarid)
- Ljubljana and Maribor
25) Spain (Barcelona)
26) Switzerland
- Ticino (Lugano, Locarno, Bellinzona)
- Grisons (Chur, Davos, Klosters, St. Moritz)
- Central Switzerland (Lucerne, Zug, Zurich, Thun, Interlaken, Engelberg)
- Jura * (Delemont, Saint-Ursanne, Porrentruy, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Bienne) and Basel
- French speaking Switzerland (Neuchâtel, Geneva, Lausanne, Fribourg, Sion, Montreux)
- Northern Switzerland (Shaffhausen, St. Gallen)
- Bern
27) The Netherlands (Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Breda, Maastricht)
28) Tunisia (Sousse, Port el Kantaoui)
29) United Kingdom (London)
30) Vatican
31) Vietnam (Saigon, Da Lat, Nha Trang, Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue)
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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby Suvarnika579 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:05 am

I felt Dubai was the best city I visited till date.
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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby PeterMollenburg » Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:59 am

Eriol wrote:
Iversen wrote:I am a member of a travellers' club, and there we have some criteria which I also follow in my own registrations:

1) In doubtful cases we generally follow the membership list of the UN - though we have kept Taiwan on the list from the days where it represented the whole of China (now only the People's Republic is represented). All in all we have 196 items on our country list.

2) We follow the map as it is now - so I have only one Germany on my list even though I visited both BRD and DDR in the days of yore, and I have listed Uzbekistan even though it was a Sovjet republic when I visited it.

3) You must spend at least 24 hours in a place without interruption - which means that you have passed through customs and pass control in airports. But for boat trips we accept that you spend 24 hours within the national territory as long as you do set foot on land, and we also grudgingly accept people who somehow got inside a country between the offical border control points.

Example: I have never spent 24 hours in a row within the border of the Vatican so the Vatican is not on my list. And Fiji and Pakistan aren't there either since I only sat a couple of hours in the transfer hall of an airport in those two countries.

There are other lists out there which includes far more places. For instance some lists splits the United Kingdom into a number of countries, but nah... we don't.


When someone asks me how many countries I have visited the usual problem is defining what constitutes a country and what constitutes a visit. With the above rules my list would be something like this:

Europe:
Sweden
Norway
Finland
Denmark
Iceland
Germany
Netherlands
UK
France
Spain
Portugal (Madeira)
Italy
Poland
Czech Republic
Hungary
Slovenia
Serbia
Bosnia
Bulgaria
Russia
Estonia
Latvia
Lithuania
Belarus
Ukraine
Moldova
Cyprus
Asia:
Turkey
Georgia
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Iran
Kazakhstan
Israel
Africa:
Morocco
Mauritania
Mali
Burkina Faso
Niger
Benin
Ghana
Senegal
Guinea-Bissau
South Africa
Mozambique
Malawi
Zambia
Zimbabwe
North America:
USA
Canada
South America:
Brazil
Uruguay
Venezuela

Total: 53

Non-visits:

Belgium (a few hours)
Switzerland (one hour, never left the airport)
Austria (a few hours passing through)
Croatia (a few hours)
Jordan (daytrip)
The Gambia (a few hours passing through)
Togo (22 hours)
Botswana (daytrip)
Paraguay (90 minutes)

Non-countries:
Transdniestr
North Cyprus
Palestine
Western Sahara

My last visited new country (Zimbabwe) was five years ago and there are no plans to add to the list any time soon.


Very impressive list there Eriol.

I'd like to ask you which were your favourite countries (or non-countries) visited on each continent. In your response, you could count North America and South America as one (i.e. 'the America's'), since the list is not as long as say for Africa or Europe.

Secondly, out of sheer curiousity (aka being a sticky-beak), how have you managed to travel so much?

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