I’ve hit a milestone. It is somewhat obscure but very meaningful, and is an accomplishment that took lots of effort, and yet was never really striven for.
On September 8th, at the age of 21, I landed in Trinidad, and officially had been to fifty countries. The big 5-0.
I think that all of this reflection I’ve been talking about in the past couple posts was initiated largely by the realization of this accomplishment. It is strange because I don’t travel to increase my number, yet as a fact, it is still representative of many things. As I’ve written before (here), I view my passport as kind of the physical manifestation of this ‘number,’ and as a kind of table of contents to my life. The stamp, or the name of the country on the list I’m about to present, doesn’t tell you what I’ve experienced or learned in each location, but you can assume certain things.
I’m presenting the list here for a few reasons. 1. I think it would be fun for readers to ask me about certain locations I may have not yet written about. 2. In the next few days I want to put a list up of places I want to go, and it would only make sense to know where I’ve been. 3. It’s a generally accepted human desire to share accomplishments with others. Also, if you think I’ve traveled a lot- then read about the world’s most traveled men (here).
So here it is. I’ve divided it by continent (though I like to divide it by region too) and then in parentheses written the order it was chronologically. If I’ve written a post about it then a link follows.
Antigua and Barbuda (20) Finding Music in Antigua
Nicaragua (21) Thoughts on Trip to Nicaragua
Costa Rica (22)
Brazil (19) Africa in Brazil
El Salvador (47)
Venezuela (48) Tales of Transport
Guyana (49) From the Middle of Nowhere to Actually Nowhere
Trinidad and Tobago (50)
EUROPE - 13
Iceland (18) Romantic Weekend in Iceland
Vatican City (14)
Czech Republic (12)
Norway (39) Best Country in the World?
Japan (2) Eating Whale in Japan
United Arab Emirates (31) Farewell
Palestine (33) Borders and Checks
Israel (32) Tale of Two Holy Cities
Kazakhstan (36) Photo Diary
Oman (41) Oman, A Real Country
Jordan (42) Photo Diary from Jordan
Thailand (43) Stress and Stress Relief in Bangkok
Sri Lanka (44) Finding Nature in Sri Lanka
India (45) Leaving India
Nepal (46) Living Goddess: Kumari
AFRICA / OCEANIA – 7 (5/2)
Burundi (28) Relaxing Day in the World’s Poorest Country
Tanzania (27) Favorite Posts from Mangula
Kenya (30) Kibera and Mob Justice
Uganda (26) Boda Boda
Australia (8) Chasing Kangaroos in Australia
New Zealand (7)
Honorable Mention (been in only airport on transit and thus not part of the 50)
All written out like that it still seems like it was all a dream! But I’m so proud and grateful for each and every adventure!