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I am often asked how many countries I’ve been to. While I don’t visit countries just to check them off a list, like most people I do know where I’ve been. This list is taken from the Traveler’s Century Club list of 324 places around the world. The TCC rules state that any visit, no matter how short counts as a visit. Where I have visited a location only on a layover or passed through in a car without stopping, I have made note.

The TCC definition of a country is more expansive than just the members of the United Nations. It includes geographic, historic, and culturally distinct places. Yes, I know that Hawaii and Tasmania are not “countries” in any normal sense of the word, but they are distinct geographic and cultural destinations.

I use the TCC list just because I think it is more useful from a travel perspective than the list of UN member states, which exclude places like Taiwan, Hong Kong, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Antarctica, Aruba and American Samoa. There are many disagreements I have with the TCC list, but I find it a useful third party list of destinations for travelers.

This list marks the first time I visited a place, not my most recent visit. Many of the places on this list I’ve visited multiple times and will visit again in the future. My goal is to remove all footnotes attached to destinations in the future by revisiting them.

    BOLD (#) = UN Member States


    Country Date Region Footnote
  1. United States (1) 1969 North America
  2. Canada (2) 1977 North America
  3. Mexico (3) 1995 North America
  4. Bahamas (4) 1998 Caribbean
  5. Alaska (USA) 1999 North America
  6. Japan (5) 1999 Asia
  7. Taiwan 1999 Asia
  8. Singapore (6) 1999 Asia
  9. France (7) 1999 Europe
  10. Belgium (8) 1999 Europe
  11. Germany (9) 1999 Europe
  12. England (UK) (10) 1999 Europe
  13. Iceland (11) 2000 Atlantic Ocean
  14. Argentina (12) 2005 South America
  15. Hawaii (USA) 2006 Pacific Ocean
  16. French Polynesia (France) 2007 Pacific Ocean
  17. Easter Island (Chile) (13) 2007 Pacific Ocean
  18. Cook Islands 2007 Pacific Ocean
  19. New Zealand (14) 2007 Pacific Ocean
  20. Fiji (15) 2007 Pacific Ocean
  21. Samoa (16) 2007 Pacific Ocean
  22. American Samoa (USA) 2007 Pacific Ocean
  23. Tonga (17) 2007 Pacific Ocean
  24. New Caledonia (France) 2007 Pacific Ocean
  25. Vanuatu (18) 2007 Pacific Ocean
  26. Solomon Islands (19) 2007 Pacific Ocean
  27. Nauru (20) 2007 Pacific Ocean 1
  28. Kiribati (21) 2007 Pacific Ocean 2
  29. Guam (USA) 2007 Pacific Ocean
  30. Micronesia (22) 2007 Pacific Ocean
  31. Marshall Islands (23) 2007 Pacific Ocean
  32. Northern Marinas Islands (USA) 2007 Pacific Ocean
  33. Palau (24) 2007 Pacific Ocean
  34. Philippines (25) 2007 Asia
  35. Okinawa (Japan) 2007 Asia
  36. South Korea (26) 2007 Asia
  37. Hong Kong (China) (27) 2007 Asia
  38. Macau (China) 2007 Asia
  39. Brunei (28) 2007 Asia
  40. Sarawak (Malaysia) (29) 2008 Asia
  41. Sabah (Malaysia) 2008 Asia
  42. Java (Indonesia) (30) 2008 Asia
  43. Lesser Sunda Islands (Indonesia) 2008 Asia
  44. East Timor (31) 2008 Asia
  45. Australia (32) 2008 Pacific Ocean
  46. Tasmania (Australia) 2008 Pacific Ocean
  47. Papua New Guinea (33) 2008 Pacific Ocean
  48. Bismark Archipelago (PNG) 2008 Pacific Ocean
  49. Sumatra (Indonesia) 2008 Asia
  50. Western Malaysia 2008 Asia
  51. Thailand (34) 2008 Asia
  52. Cambodia (35) 2008 Asia
  53. Vietnam (36) 2008 Asia
  54. Laos (37) 2008 Asia
  55. Abu Dhabi (UAE) (38) 2009 Middle East
  56. Dubai (UAE) 2009 Middle East
  57. Oman (39) 2009 Middle East
  58. Ajman (UAE) 2009 Middle East 3
  59. Ras Al Kaimah (UAE) 2009 Middle East
  60. Sharjah (UAE) 2009 Middle East 3
  61. Umm Al Qaiwain (UAE) 2009 Middle East 3
  62. Qatar (40) 2009 Middle East
  63. Bahrain (41) 2009 Middle East
  64. Kuwait (42) 2009 Middle East
  65. Egypt (43) 2009 Africa
  66. Sinai (Egypt) 2009 Middle East
  67. Jordan (44) 2009 Middle East
  68. Israel (45) 2009 Middle East
  69. Palestine 2009 Middle East 4
  70. Greece (46) 2009 Europe
  71. Italy (47) 2009 Europe
  72. Vatican City 2009 Europe
  73. San Marino (48) 2009 Europe
  74. Monaco (49) 2009 Europe
  75. Luxembourg (50) 2009 Europe
  76. Netherlands (51) 2009 Europe
  77. Portugal (52) 2009 Europe 5
  78. Cayman Islands (UK) 2009 Caribbean
  79. Honduras (53) 2009 Central America
  80. Spain (54) 2010 Europe
  81. Prince Edward Island (Canada) 2010 North America
  82. South Africa (55) 2010 Africa
  83. Senegal (56) 2010 Africa
  84. Aruba (Netherlands) 2010 Caribbean
  85. Bonaire (Netherlands) 2010 Caribbean
  86. Curacao (Netherlands) 2010 Caribbean
  87. Puerto Rico (USA) 2011 Caribbean
  88. Czech Republic (57) 2011 Europe
  89. Austria (58) 2011 Europe
  90. Slovakia (59) 2011 Europe
  91. Slovenia (60) 2011 Europe
  92. Croatia (61) 2011 Europe
  93. Sicily (Italy) 2011 Europe
  94. Switzerland (62) 2011 Europe
  95. Liechtenstein (63) 2011 Europe
  96. Hungary (64) 2011 Europe
  97. Romania (65) 2011 Europe
  98. Bulgaria (66) 2011 Europe
  99. Turkey (Europe) (67) 2011 Europe
  100. Turkey (Asia) 2011 Asia
  101. Andorra (68) 2011 Europe
  102. Canary Islands (Spain) 2011 Atlantic Ocean
  103. Ecuador (69) 2011 South America
  104. Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) 2011 Pacific Ocean
  105. Wales (UK) 2011 Europe
  106. Ireland (70) 2011 Europe
  107. Northern Ireland (UK) 2011 Europe
  108. Isle of Man 2011 Europe
  109. Scotland (UK) 2011 Europe
  110. Falkland Islands (UK) 2012 Atlantic Ocean
  111. Falklands Islands Dependancies (UK) 2012 Antarctica
  112. Chilean Antarctic (Chile) 2012 Antarctica
  113. Argentine Antarctic (Argentina) 2012 Antarctica
  114. Belize (71) 2012 Central America
  115. Lord Howe Island (Australia) 2012 Pacific
  116. Sweden (72) 2012 Europe
  117. Denmark (73) 2012 Europe
  118. Gibraltar (UK) 2012 Europe
  119. Ceuta (Spain) 2012 Africa
  120. Morocco (74) 2012 Africa
  121. Finland (75) 2012 Europe
  122. Costa Rica (76) 2013 Central America
  123. El Salvador (77) 2013 Central America
  124. Guatemala (78) 2013 Central America
  125. Poland (79) 2013 Europe
  126. Bosnia and Herzegovina (80) 2013 Europe
  127. Montenegro (81) 2013 Europe
  128. US Virgin Islands (USA) 2013 Caribbean
  129. British Virgin Islands (UK) 2013 Caribbean
  130. Sint Maarten (Netherlands) 2013 Caribbean
  131. Anguilla (UK) 2013 Caribbean
  132. Saint-Martin (France) 2013 Caribbean
  133. St. Barthélemy (France) 2013 Caribbean
  134. Saba/St. Eustatius (Netherlands) 2013 Caribbean
  135. St. Kitts and Nevis (82) 2013 Caribbean
  136. Antigua and Barbuda (83) 2013 Caribbean
  137. Montserrat (UK) 2013 Caribbean
  138. Guadeloupe (France) 2013 Caribbean
  139. Dominica (84) 2013 Caribbean
  140. Martinique (France) 2013 Caribbean
  141. St. Lucia (85) 2013 Caribbean
  142. Barbados (86) 2013 Caribbean
  143. St Vincent and the Grenadines (87) 2013 Caribbean
  144. Grenada (88) 2013 Caribbean
  145. Trinidad and Tobago (89) 2013 Caribbean
  146. Panama (90) 2013 Central America 6
  147. Namibia (91) 2013 Africa
  148. Lesotho (92) 2014 Africa
  149. Swaziland (93) 2014 Africa
  150. Botswana (94) 2014 Africa
  151. Mozambique (95) 2014 Africa
  152. Zimbabwe (96) 2014 Africa
  153. Zambia (97) 2014 Africa
  154. St. Helena (UK) 2014 Atlantic Ocean
  155. Angola (98) 2014 Africa
  156. Republic of Congo (99) 2014 Africa
  157. Sao Tome and Principe (100) 2014 Africa
  158. Togo (101) 2014 Africa
  159. Benin (102) 2014 Africa
  160. Ghana (103) 2014 Africa
  161. Sierra Leone (104) 2014 Africa
  162. Gambia (105) 2014 Africa
  163. Western Sahara 2014 Africa
  164. Bermuda (UK) 2014 Atlantic Ocean
  165. Turks & Caicos (UK) 2014 Caribbean
  166. Malta (106) 2014 Europe
  167. Cyprus (107) 2014 Europe
  168. Northern Cyprus 2014 Europe
  169. Crete (Greece) 2014 Europe

    Upcoming Countries


    Country Date Region
  170. Ionian Islands (Greece) 2014 Europe
  171. Albania (108) 2014 Europe
  172. Macedonia (109) 2014 Europe
  173. Kosovo 2014 Europe
  174. Srpska (Bosnia & Herzegovina) 2014 Europe
  175. Serbia (110) 2014 Europe
  176. Guernsey 2014 Europe
  177. Jersey 2014 Europe
  178. Balearic Islands (Spain) 2014 Europe
  179. Sardinia (Italy) 2014 Europe
  180. Corsica (France) 2014 Europe
  181. Haiti (111) 2015 Caribbean
  182. Dominican Republic (112) 2015 Caribbean
  183. Jamaica (113) 2015 Caribbean
  184. Nicaragua (114) 2015 Caribbean

Footnotes

  1. I spent about an hour at the Nauru airport in the middle of the night on a layover from the Solomon Islands to Kiribati. We got off the plane and actually touched the soil. I even purchased something in the gift shop, however, I never got beyond passport control.
  2. I was denied entry into Kiribati because my passport got wet in the Solomon Islands and the ink on the page that said what dates the visa was valid bled off the page. I spent about 6 hours in Tarawa before heading to Fiji.
  3. I took a taxi from Kashab in the Musandam Peninsula of Oman to Dubai. We drove through several of the smaller emirates but didn’t stop in any other than Ras Al Kaimah.
  4. I took a bus from Ein Gedi to Jerusalem which traveled through occupied areas of the West Bank. The bus made stops as several settlements, but I did not get out.
  5. I had a flight from London to New York which had a layover in Porto of several hours. I didn’t leave the airport.
  6. I had a layover in Panama City on a flight from Trinidad to Mexico City.
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