This could also be titled, Whose Counting. At the bottom of this post is my Trip Advisor map which calculates over 100 different countries visited. Not counted in this list are:
Clicking on the links provides the Wikipedia explanation.
On the other hand, when I started traveling, a number of countries on the list did not exist. The Baltic countries and the Balkans only became individual countries again in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
This post marks a reflection not only on how we travel but also why I blog. All places have some touristic value. Each country competes to win more of the tourist trade. What is interesting to me is how the day-to-day life works in the places we visit. The open air market is always a fun visit as a tourist, but negotiating daily food purchases in an unknown language offers subtle insights.
I have experimented with travel tips and tricks posts. The tone of those seemed too didactic and not much fun. What I am discovering is that I want this blog to encourage you to have adventures, to try new foods, to find unique experiences. International travel is an easy way, but not the only way. Raising a child or visiting grandkids is also an adventure.
If you want to get my take on some of the places I visit, you can see my reviews on Tripadvisor.
There are many amazing memories but only a few photographs. Sometimes I had no camera. Other times, photos were misplaced in moving. Mostly, they document we were there, but do not capture the emotion.
Here is the Map