Country List to date 103/195

When I first started traveling, I was a bit obsessed by the number of countries in the world, and trying to go to each one of them. Invariably, like many other wanderers, when I started I tried to go to as many places as I could without really appreciating them, so there are a places on my list where I literally did a day trip, got the passport stamp and moved on. The virtue of patience is something that comes with time and you learn that there is no way to rush the process to be the Most travelled Trinidadian … but I’m sure there are still lots of countries to go.

As for the number of countries, it is still useful as a guide towards a life goal. I set a goal of 30 countries by the age of 30, then reset the goal to 50 countries by age 35 (Hopefully, I will be fortunate enough to reset the goal before my ‘deadline’ again) [Aug 14th 2010: I’ve reset the goal to 70 by 35 and then to double the countries per my age from that point][June 12th 2012: I’ve reset the goal to 80 by 35 and then to see 3 new countries per my age from that point]. There is no success or failure in this goal, but rather a sense of personal achievement. As I get a bit older, I realize that the traveling goals might not resonate with everyone. We all have our own paths and goals and there are people who are completely content living in their own realities (kids, 2.2 kids, dog, huge house, fancy car). I have learned that there is absolutely nothing wrong with that – the only failure is the failure to find your passion and source of happiness in this life.

So how many countries are there in the world???
Currently there are different numbers for total countries in the world.

The most common answer is 192 – the number of member states in the United Nations. This number, though, does not include Vatican City, which is generally recognized by most world almanacs as an independently governed country.
There are also 10 sovereign states that lack general international recognition but are worth mentioning.

States like Kosovo, like Taiwan, Somaliland, Northern Cyprus and Western Sahara. The U.S. Department of State has its own list of 194 approved countries that is independent from the UN – of course the US wouldn’t care what the UN has to say! As a frame of reference, I prefer to use the United Nations list to track how many countries I have visited

39.53794
3.955078

36.140093
5.346909

38.698372
9.20105

42.522724
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-34.885931
58.886719

17.07582
61.817322

47.279229
4.238281

13.094192
59.611816

25.005973
77.321777

50.910096
.350822

17.465953
88.187256

-22.949225
43.156357

18.427502
64.629822

11.436955
04.941406

45.336702
78.398437

22.43134
11.269531

-33.541395
70.444336

23.099944
82.397461

50.090631
4.420929

19.771873
70.669556

51.917168
0.703125

48.719961
.373047

-34.831841
56.162109

10.314919
66.884766

64.033744
21.84082

49.6
6.116667

34.033333
6.85

-33.922167
8.426361

31.787019
5.220337

Here’s the “travelled to” country list to date of this post:

  1. Andorra (2010)
  2. Antarctica (2013/2014)
  3. Antigua (2007)
  4. Aruba (2000)
  5. Argentina (2009)
  6. Austria (2007)
  7. Australia (2020)
  8. Barbados (2004), (2011) | (2012)
  9. Bahamas (2005)
  10. Bahrain (2013)
  11. Belarus (2017)
  12. Belgium (2006)
  13. Belize (2008) | Caye Caulker
  14. Bermuda (2005)
  15. Brazil (2009)
  16. Sultanate of Brunei
  17. British Virgin Islands (2007)
  18. Cambodia (2007)
  19. Canada  (2004)  | (2007)| (2008) | (2009) | (2010) | (2011) | (2012)
  20. Cayman Islands
  21. China (2009)
  22. Chile (2009)
  23. Costa Rica (2010)
  24. Croatia (2017)
  25. Cuba (2005)
  26. Czech Republic (2007)
  27. Dominica (2012)
  28. Dominican Republic (2008)
  29. England (2007) | (2004)
  30. El Salvador (2012)
  31. Estonia (2012)
  32. France (2004)
  33. Finland (2012)
  34. Germany (2007) | (2006)
  35. Gibraltar (2010)
  36. Greece (2012)
  37. Grenada  (2004) | (2012)
  38. Guatemala (2008) | (2012) | (2013)
  39. Guyana (2002)
  40. Honduras (2008)
  41. Hong Kong (2011)
  42. Hungary (2017)
  43. Iceland (2008)
  44. India (2007)
  45. Indonesia (2011)
  46. Israel (2007)
  47. Italy (2006) | (2008) | (2012)
  48. Jamaica (2009)
  49. Japan (2007)
  50. Kyrgystan (2013)
  51. Laos (2007)
  52. Latvia (2012)
  53. Liechtenstein (2004)
  54. Lithuania (2017)
  55. Luxembourg (2004)
  56. Malaysia
  57. Malta (2012)
  58. Maldives (Republic of) (2011)
  59. Montserrat (2001)
  60. Monaco (2004)
  61. Morocco (2010)
  62. Mexico (2008) | (2006)
  63. Netherlands (2006)
  64. New Zealand
  65. Nicaragua
  66. Panama (2010) | (2012)
  67. Paraguay (2010)
  68. Peru (2013)
  69. Philippines (2011)
  70. Poland (2012)
  71. Portugal (2010)
  72. Puerto Rico (2007)
  73. Qatar (2022)
  74. Republic of Ireland (2004)
  75. Romania (2017)
  76. San Marino (2004)
  77. St Vincent and the Grenadines (2004)
  78. Scotland (2004)
  79. Singapore (2011)
  80. Slovakia (2017)
  81. Slovenia (2017)
  82. Spain (2010) | (2012)
  83. South Africa (2006)
  84. South Korea (2012)
  85. Sri Lanka (2011)
  86. St Kitts & Nevis (2004) | (2012)
  87. St Maarten
  88. St Vincent and Grenadines
  89. Switzerland (2006)
  90. Sweden (2011)
  91. Thailand (2011) | (2007)
  92. Trinidad & Tobago
  93. Turkey (2012)
  94. Turks and Caicos Islands
  95. Ukraine (2017)
  96. Uzbekistan (2013)
  97. Uruguay (2009)
  98. UAE (2006)
  99. USA (2011)(2010) | (2009) | (2006)
  100. Vanuatu (2020)
  101. Vatican City (2008)
  102. Venezuela (2005) (2003)
  103. Vietnam (2005)