Countries and Territories I’ve Visited

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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 (TCC) list of 327 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 a 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 places separated from their country’s mainland.

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. I intend to remove all footnotes attached to destinations in the future.

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BOLD (#)= UN Member States


NumberCountryDateRegionFootnote
1United States United States (1)1969North America 
2Canada Canada (2)1977North America 
3Mexico Mexico (3)1995North America 
4 Bahamas Bahamas (4)1998Caribbean 
5 Alaska Alaska (USA)1999North America 
6 Japan Japan (5)1999Asia 
7 Taiwan Taiwan1999Asia 
8 Singapore Singapore (6)1999Asia 
9 France France (7)1999Europe 
10 Belgium Belgium (8)1999Europe 
11 Germany Germany (9)1999Europe 
12 England England (UK) (10)1999Europe 
13 Iceland Iceland (11)2000Atlantic Ocean 
14 Argentina Argentina (12)2005South America 
15 Hawaii Hawaii (USA)2006Pacific Ocean 
16 French Polynesia French Polynesia (France)2007Pacific Ocean 
17 Easter Island Easter Island (Chile) (13)2007Pacific Ocean 
18 Cook Islands Cook Islands2007Pacific Ocean 
19 New Zealand New Zealand (14)2007Pacific Ocean 
20 Fiji Fiji (15)2007Pacific Ocean 
21 Samoa Samoa (16)2007Pacific Ocean 
22 American Samoa American Samoa (USA)2007Pacific Ocean 
23 Tonga Tonga (17)2007Pacific Ocean
24 New Caledonia New Caledonia (France)2007Pacific Ocean 
25 Vanuatu Vanuatu (18)2007Pacific Ocean 
26 Solomon Islands Solomon Islands (19)2007Pacific Ocean 
27 Nauru Nauru (20)2007Pacific Ocean1
28 Kiribati Kiribati (21)2007Pacific Ocean2
29 Guam Guam (USA)2007Pacific Ocean 
30 Micronesia Micronesia (22)2007Pacific Ocean 
31 Marshall Islands Marshall Islands (23)2007Pacific Ocean 
32 Northern Marinas Islands Northern Marinas Islands (USA)2007Pacific Ocean 
33 Palau Palau (24)2007Pacific Ocean 
34 Philippines Philippines (25)2007Asia 
35 Okinawa Okinawa (Japan)2007Asia 
36 South Korea South Korea (26)2007Asia 
37 Hong Kong Hong Kong (China) (27)2007Asia 
38 Macau Macau (China)2007Asia 
39 Brunei Brunei (28)2007Asia 
40 Sarawak Sarawak (Malaysia) (29)2008Asia 
41 Sabah Sabah (Malaysia)2008Asia 
42 Java Java (Indonesia) (30)2008Asia 
43 Bali Lesser Sunda Islands (Indonesia)2008Asia 
44 East Timor East Timor (31)2008Asia 
45 Australia Australia (32)2008Pacific Ocean 
46 Tasmania Tasmania (Australia)2008Pacific Ocean 
47 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea (33)2008Pacific Ocean 
48 Bismark Archipelago Bismark Archipelago (PNG)2008Pacific Ocean 
49 Sumatra Sumatra (Indonesia)2008Asia 
50 Western Malaysia Western Malaysia2008Asia 
51 Thailand Thailand (34)2008Asia 
52 Cambodia Cambodia (35)2008Asia 
53 Vietnam Vietnam (36)2008Asia 
54 Laos Laos (37)2008Asia 
55 Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) (38)2009Middle East 
56 Dubai Dubai (UAE)2009Middle East 
57 Oman Oman (39)2009Middle East 
58 Ajman Ajman (UAE)2009Middle East3
59 Ras Al Kaimah Ras Al Kaimah (UAE)2009Middle East 
60 Sharjah Sharjah (UAE)2009Middle East3
61 Umm Al Qaiwain Umm Al Qaiwain (UAE)2009Middle East3
62 Qatar Qatar (40)2009Middle East 
63 Bahrain Bahrain (41)2009Middle East 
64 Kuwait Kuwait (42)2009Middle East 
65 Egypt Egypt (43)2009Africa 
66 Sinai Sinai (Egypt)2009Middle East 
67 Jordan Jordan (44)2009Middle East 
68 Israel Israel (45)2009Middle East 
69 Palestine Palestine2009Middle East 
70 Greece Greece (46)2009Europe 
71 Italy Italy (47)2009Europe 
72 Vatican City Vatican City2009Europe 
73 San Marino San Marino (48)2009Europe 
74 Monaco Monaco (49)2009Europe 
75 Luxembourg Luxembourg (50)2009Europe 
76 Netherlands Netherlands (51)2009Europe 
77 Portugal Portugal (52)2009Europe4
78 Cayman Islands Cayman Islands (UK)2009Caribbean 
79 Honduras Honduras (53)2009Central America 
80 Spain Spain (54)2010Europe 
81 PEI Prince Edward Island (Canada)2010North America 
82 South Africa South Africa (55)2010Africa 
83 Senegal Senegal (56)2010Africa 
84 Aruba Aruba (Netherlands)2010Caribbean 
85 Bonaire Bonaire (Netherlands)2010Caribbean 
86 Curacao Curacao (Netherlands)2010Caribbean 
87 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (USA)2011Caribbean 
88 Czech Republic Czech Republic (57)2011Europe 
89 Austria Austria (58)2011Europe 
90 Slovakia Slovakia (59)2011Europe 
91 Slovenia Slovenia (60)2011Europe 
92 Croatia Croatia (61)2011Europe 
93 Sicily Sicily (Italy)2011Europe 
94 Switzerland Switzerland (62)2011Europe 
95 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein (63)2011Europe 
96 Hungary Hungary (64)2011Europe 
97 Romania Romania (65)2011Europe 
98 Bulgaria Bulgaria (66)2011Europe 
99 Turkey Turkey (Europe) (67)2011Europe 
100 Turkey Turkey (Asia)2011Asia 
101 Andorra Andorra (68)2011Europe 
102 Candary Islands Canary Islands (Spain)2011Atlantic Ocean 
103 Ecuador Ecuador (69)2011South America 
104 Galapagos Islands Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)2011Pacific Ocean 
105 Wales Wales (UK)2011Europe 
106 Ireland Ireland (70)2011Europe 
107 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland (UK)2011Europe 
108 Isle of Man Isle of Man2011Europe 
109 Scotland Scotland (UK)2011Europe 
110 Falkland Islands Falkland Islands (UK)2012Atlantic Ocean 
111 South Georgia South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (UK)2012Antarctica 
112 British Antarctica British Antarctica (UK)2012Antarctica 
113 Chilean Antarctica Chilean Antarctic (Chile)2012Antarctica 
114 Argentine Antarctica Argentine Antarctic (Argentina)2012Antarctica 
115 Belize Belize (71)2012Central America 
116 Lord Howe Lord Howe Island (Australia)2012Pacific 
117 Sweden Sweden (72)2012Europe 
118 Denmark Denmark (73)2012Europe 
119 Gibraltar Gibraltar (UK)2012Europe 
120 Ceuta Ceuta (Spain)2012Africa 
121 Morocco Morocco (74)2012Africa 
122 Finland Finland (75)2012Europe 
123 Costa Rica Costa Rica (76)2013Central America 
124 El Salvador El Salvador (77)2013Central America 
125 Guatemala Guatemala (78)2013Central America 
126 Poland Poland (79)2013Europe 
127 Bosnia Bosnia and Herzegovina (80)2013Europe 
128 Montenegro Montenegro (81)2013Europe 
129 USVI US Virgin Islands (USA)2013Caribbean 
130 BVI British Virgin Islands (UK)2013Caribbean 
131 Saint Martin Dutch Sint Maarten (Netherlands)2013Caribbean 
132 Anguilla Anguilla (UK)2013Caribbean 
133 Saint Martin French Saint-Martin (France)2013Caribbean 
134 St Barths St. Barthélemy (France)2013Caribbean 
135 Saba Saba/St. Eustatius (Netherlands)2013Caribbean 
136 St Kitts St. Kitts and Nevis (82)2013Caribbean 
137 Antigua Antigua and Barbuda (83)2013Caribbean 
138 Montserrat Montserrat (UK)2013Caribbean
139 Guadeloupe Guadeloupe (France)2013Caribbean 
140 Dominica Dominica (84)2013Caribbean 
141 Martinique Martinique (France)2013Caribbean 
142 St Lucia St. Lucia (85)2013Caribbean 
143 Barbados Barbados (86)2013Caribbean 
144 St Vincent St Vincent and the Grenadines (87)2013Caribbean 
145 Grenada Grenada (88)2013Caribbean 
146 Trinidad Trinidad and Tobago (89)2013Caribbean 
147 Panama Panama (90)2013Central America5
148 Namibia Namibia (91)2013Africa 
149 Lesotho Lesotho (92)2014Africa 
150 Swaziland Swaziland (93)2014Africa 
151 Botswana Botswana (94)2014Africa 
152 Mozambique Mozambique (95)2014Africa 
153 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe (96)2014Africa 
154 Zambia Zambia (97)2014Africa 
155 St Helena St. Helena (UK)2014Atlantic Ocean 
156 Angola Angola (98)2014Africa 
157 Congo Republic of Congo (99)2014Africa 
158 Sao Tome Sao Tome and Principe (100)2014Africa 
159 Togo Togo (101)2014Africa 
160 Benin Benin (102)2014Africa 
161 Ghana Ghana (103)2014Africa 
162 Sierra Leone Sierra Leone (104)2014Africa 
163 Gambia (105)2014Africa 
164 Western Sahara2014Africa 
165 Bermuda Bermuda (UK)2014Atlantic Ocean 
166 Turks and Caicos Turks & Caicos (UK)2014Caribbean 
167 Malta Malta (106)2014Europe 
168 Cyprus Cyprus (107)2014Europe 
169 British Soverign Bases Akrotiri and Dhekelia (UK)2014Europe 
170 Northern Cyprus Northern Cyprus2014Europe 
171 Crete Crete (Greece)2014Europe 
172 Ionian Islands Ionian Islands (Greece)2014Europe 
173 Guernsey Guernsey2014Europe 
174 Jersey Jersey2014Europe 
175 Aland Islands Åland Islands (Finland)2015Europe 
176 Haiti Haiti (108)2015Caribbean 
177 Dominican Republic Dominican Republic (109)2015Caribbean 
178 Chile Chile (Mainland)2015South America 
179 India India (110)2016Asia 
180 Ethiopia Ethiopia (111)2016Africa 
181 Macedonia Macedonia (112)2016Europe 
182 Kosovo Kosovo2016Europe 
183 Serbia Serbia (113)2016Europe 
184 Srpska Srpska (Bosnia & Herzegovina)2016Europe 
185 Albania Albania (114)2016Europe 
186 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan (115)2016Asia 
187 Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan (116)2016Asia 
188 Tajikistan Tajikistan (117)2016Asia 
189 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan (118)2016Asia 
190 St Pierre St. Pierre and Miquelon (France)2016North America 
191 Tuvalu Tuvalu (119)2016Pacific Ocean 
192 Norway Norway (120)2017Europe 
193 Brazil Brazil (121)2017South America 
194 Lithuania Lithuania (122)2018Europe 
195 Latvia Latvia (123)2018Europe 
196 Belarus Belarus (124)2018Europe 
197 Estonia Estonia (125)2018Europe 
198 Russia Russia (126)2018Europe 
199 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (127) 2018Asia 
200 Maldives Maldives (128)2018Asia 
201 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (129)2018Middle East 
202 China China (Mainland)2019Asia 
203 China Hainan Island (China)2019Asia 
204 China Balearic Islands (Spain)2019Europe 

Upcoming Countries

NumberCountryDateRegionFootnote
  Cuba Cuba Caribbean 
  Nicaragua Nicaragua Central America 
  Jamaica Jamaica Caribbean 
  Colombia Colombia South America 
  Ukraine Ukraine  Europe 
  Moldova Moldova  Europe 
  Transnistria Transnistria Europe 

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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 had a flight from London to New York which had a layover in Porto of several hours. I didn’t leave the airport.
  5. I had a layover in Panama City on a flight from Trinidad to Mexico City.

20 thoughts on “Countries and Territories I’ve Visited”

  1. This map and this list looks fun – I love list!!! I have a map of books that I have read in each state and working on the countries. I would love to do a map like yours for my personal blog. How did you do it?

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  2. I’ve been to one that doesn’t exist anymore: Czechoslovakia. That was to Prague (now in Czech Republic), but the train went through what is now Slovakia as well.

    And I visited East Timor before it was an independent country.

    How to count those?

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    • What is it today? If you’ve been to Dili, you’ve been to East Timor, even if it wasn’t at the time. Same with Prague and the Czech Republic.

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  3. I just finished all the states in the USA.
    When you said you visited the US did that mean every state?
    I also have 175 countries…some more than once…, and 7 continents .

    As to Jamaica, just step out of the plane, touch the ground and get right back on. All other countries were wonderful and interesting.

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    • I have been to every US state, and I’m close to visiting every state twice. I just have to re-visit Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

      With my next visit to Saskatchewan, I’ll have been to every Canadian province 3x.

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  4. Hi Gary,

    I was born in Guyana and returned 4 times since 1984. You should visit. It’s beautiful. My cousins would be very happy to meet you and show you around. The people are similar to Trinidadians. My last visit was in November of 2017 and I cannot wait to return.

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  5. You’ve visited almost every country in the world!
    You should also visit my country (Bhutan). It’s not even in your upcoming list :(

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  6. What?? All of that travel and you haven’t been to Jamaica yet? LOL . It’s usually one of the places everybody “has been,” at least when I mention living there, I always get “Oh yeah. Been there.” I hope when you DO make it, you come down to my stomping ground, the quiet south coast, Treasure Beach, Jamaica. The real Jamaica. Blessings.

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  7. Gary,

    I came across a Pinterest board you curate that deals with North America Travel. I was wondering if you’d consider my contributing to it. My stories are part of the series titled, “A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Characters.”™ All of them include an original photo and a story that is exactly 1,000 characters long. I look forward to hearing back from you.
    Best, MacKenzie Freeman

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  8. I’m from Israel and I was pretty surprised to see you didn’t visit in Israel! I hope you’ll visit here soon enough…

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