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Where we’ve been
We’d be lying if we said we weren’t country counters. I know, I know. It’s about the travel experiences, not the number of countries you step on. We agree with this mindset wholeheartedly.
BUT, we have a goal to visit 100 countries by the time we turn 50 years old.
It’s a big goal. We are not nomadic, we have a home and careers that require us to be in the office. To achieve this lofty goal, we need to visit 3-4 NEW countries each year. We’re up for the challenge!
Most people use the United Nations members to measure the number of countries in the world. Currently there are 193 sovereign states that are members of the United Nations (here’s the list). We’ve visited 62 of these nations (as of June 2017).
However, we use the Travelers’ Century Club as our main list for countries and territories. There are a total of 325 countries and territories on this list, as of January 2016.
We’ve visited 77 countries and territories on the Travelers’ Century Club list.
We’ve had heated debates over the validity of this list, versus the United Nations list. Our argument is that the United Nations list excludes many independent nations and regions.
For example, Easter Island is now technically a part of Chile, but if you travel to Easter Island should this not be considered a separate region? How about the Galapagos Islands?
Another example are the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten. The UN classifies these islands as part of the Kingdom of Netherlands, not independent nations. But if you visit Curacao in the Caribbean, can you say you’ve visited Europe?
What about Guam or Greenland or Scotland or Northern Ireland or Hong Kong or Taiwan or Tibet? None of these countries are a part of the United Nations list – but, as a traveler, you’d consider these new countries visited, wouldn’t you?
Canadian Provinces & Territories We’ve Visited
We have a goal to visit every province in Canada. Surprisingly, we’ve only visited 5 provinces and 0 territories. Bad Canadians!
American States We’ve Visited
We have a goal to visit every state in the United States. Currently, we’ve visited 20 of the 50 states.
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
USA National Parks We’ve Visited
We have a goal to visit all 59 of the United States National Parks. We’ve got a lot of work to do if we’re going to hit this goal!
- Joshua Tree National Park
- Haleakala National Park
- Great Smoky Mountains
- Virgin Islands
Caribbean Nations We’ve Visited
We have a goal to visit every nation in the Caribbean. It would be extremely difficult to visit every island in the Caribbean (there are thousands!), so we’ve set our goal to visit an island in each Caribbean nation.
Currently, the Caribbean islands we have visited are:
- Dominican Republic
- US Virgin Islands (St Thomas & St John)
- Puerto Rico
- St. Lucia
- St. Kitts & Nevis
- Sint Maarten / Saint Martin
- Cayman Islands
Hawaiian Islands We’ve Visited
We have a goal to visit all of the Hawaiian Islands.
Ski Resorts in British Columbia We’ve Visited
UNESCO World Heritage Sites We’ve Visited
Read more – Our list of visited World Heritage Sites