The Official Destination List
See where I’ve been and search destinations A–Z using the links below.
Andorra | Antigua | Aruba | Austria | Barbados | Belgium | Bosnia & Herzegovina | Bulgaria | Canada | Chile | China | Costa Rica | Croatia | Czech Republic | Denmark | Ecuador | Estonia | Fiji | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Hungary | Iceland | Ireland | Italy | Japan | Latvia | Liechtenstein | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Mexico | Monaco | Montenegro | Netherlands | New Zealand | Portugal | Romania | Saint Kitts | Saint Lucia | San Marino | Slovakia | Slovenia | South Korea | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | Taiwan | Turkey | United Kingdom | United States | Vatican City
Constituent Nations, Former Countries, Et Al.
United States & Canadian Provinces
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Midwest USA Road Trip July 2020—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin
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Jordan’s “Destinations Methodology”
How do you “country count” your destinations? How many countries in the world are there, anyway? Depending on the source, you’ll find a number of different answers to this question. The U.S. State Department claims 195; the United Nations quotes 193. I’ve seen answers numbering anywhere from 189 to 196 on the interWebs.
I’ve tried to be as judicious as possible in calculating my “country count,” but there are some territories that Google, the all-knowing oracle, just can’t decide on. In these cases, I’ve reviewed several sources to decide whether or not to include them in the official list. If there’s only one source claiming a place to be an independent nation, I’ve left it off; if there are several, I’ve put it on. (The Vatican and Aruba are good examples.)
I’ve also kept a separate list of former and constituent countries outside of my final count for good measure. And, for the record, I don’t count airports or places I don’t feel I’ve really experienced in some way, shape, or form.