Countries and Territories I’ve Visited

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 329 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


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

Upcoming Countries

Number Country Date Region Footnote
  AZORES Azores   Atlantic Ocean  
  Cuba Cuba   Caribbean  
  Nicaragua Nicaragua   Central America  
  Jamaica Jamaica   Caribbean  
  Colombia Colombia   South America  
  Ukraine Ukraine   Europe  
  Moldova Moldova   Europe  
  Transnistria Transnistria   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 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. Impressive map and table, I’m not sure I have seen such an organised list.
    You should stop by Peru to check out the Machu Picchu if you can.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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