Here is my list of the countries that I have visited and you’ll notice that I include individual ones that are actually part of a sovereign nation (like Wales, Scotland, etc. instead of United Kingdom). My intentions are to visit at least 5 new countries every year.
North and South America: USA, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, St. Lucia, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Bahamas, Haiti, French Guiana, Peru, Antarctica, Suriname , Argentina, Guyana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba and Ecuador.
Every Country in Europe: England, Scotland, Wales, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montenegro, Holland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Macedonia, Kosovo, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Vatican City, Moldova, Albania, Andorra and Belarus.
Africa: Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia, eSwatini, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Botswana, Namibia, Tunisia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Ethiopia and sort of the Congo
Middle East: Israel, Bahrain, Palestine, Jordan, Oman, UAE, Lebanon, Qatar, Malta, Cyprus and Kuwait.
Oceania and Asia: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam (both North and South).
Africa and Oceania are ripe for discovery…giving me enough opportunities for a few more years anyway. In January of 2020 I’ll collect more island nations while on a cruise: Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Nevis and St. Kitts, St. Vincent and St. Maartin.
It is easier now for me to count the countries I’ve not visited rather than those I’ve been fortunate to see. I would love to hear some recommendations of places that I should add before it’s too late!