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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

Upcoming Countries

Country Date Region
Balearic Islands (Spain) 2014 Europe
Sardinia (Italy) 2014 Europe
Corsica (France) 2014 Europe
Malta (106) 2014 Europe
Cyprus (107) 2014 Europe
Northern Cyprus 2014 Europe
Guernsey 2014 Europe
Jersey 2014 Europe

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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