Countries

1. Mexico                         2. Honduras             Coming Up: TBD

3. Guatemala                  4. Canada

5. Spain                            6. Zambia

7. Botswana                     8. South Africa

9. Dominican Republic   10. United States

11. England                       12. France

13. Germany                    14. Norway

15. Denmark                     16. Sweden

17. Czech Republic        18. Netherlands

19. Malaysia                    20. Iceland

21. Italy                            22. Austria

23. Belgium                    24. Ireland

25. Jamaica

108 Responses to Countries

  1. Yay, England next! Hope you get to see the best of it….it has some bad press sometimes but it really is a beautiful country. Well, I suppose I am a little biased being British 🙂

  2. Indonesia will be great .. :p

  3. Dee says:

    Where in England do you plan on going?
    Oh, and visit India soon! (December-Jan is a good time..)

    • TBM says:

      I would love to visit India! I’ll keep the dates in mind.

      Actually I’m not visiting England. I’m moving there this September. I hope to see as much as possible, but I’ll be living in London. I just got my visa yesterday!

  4. lifewith4cats says:

    Can you tuck me in your suit-case and take me with you? I promise not to weigh a lot. 😀

  5. Beth Ann says:

    We hope to make it to South Africa next year! Your pictures are amazing! That is one thing my husband and I would love to be able to do—-go to photograph some amazing sights! Thanks for sharing!!!

    • TBM says:

      I hope you make it to South Africa! It was a great, great, great experience. If you go, I would love to see your photos and relive my trip. Oh…I really hope you go. We want to go back to Africa some day…

  6. Orel Engel says:

    How long are you staying in the UK? You should go to London, Oxford and the attractions nearby, Scotland (Edinburgh, St Andrews, Day trip in the Highlands), Cardiff in Wales altho I’ve never been but I heard it’s amazing. You could also fly to Dublin for cheap and from there travel to Killarney or Galway.
    Then from Dublin, cheap flight to France 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I need to update this page. I actually moved to London in September. I hope to see all the sights you mentioned and many more. Thanks for the tips! Sounds like you would make a great travel agent. Keep the ideas coming! I love it!

  7. When you get bored or cold here how about Malaysia?

    • TBM says:

      We do want to go to Malaysia. We have friends out there that we want to visit. Any suggestions on places to visit there?

      • Kuala Lumpur is not to be missed, check out the Traders Hotel right opposite the Petronas Towers and book a room with a view of it, pure magic at night. Also TAR park for snorkelling off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

  8. Oh! How did you like Spain?! And I really want to go to the Dominican! Which country has been your favorite so far?!

    • TBM says:

      Spain was incredible. We stayed in Barcelona for a week and we could have spent a month there since there is so much to do. Also, we saw the Tour de France, which was pretty cool since we are sports nuts. We went to the Dominican last Thanksgiving and it was great to be on the beach for four days straight. It was a great break from work.

      It is hard to chose, but I think I’ll go with Botswana. The animals and landscape were incredible experiences. I can’t even explain how awesome it was to see it all.

      • Oh, I bet. Africa is such an amazing country, and while I have only been to Morocco, I plan to travel around Africa.

        And did you go to Madrid when you were in Barcelona? I have not been there yet but hope to go there soon! Where do you suggest I go if I visit Barcelona? Were there any cool museums or exhibits that you would recommend?

  9. TBM says:

    I can’t wait to go to Morocco! We didn’t get to Madrid, but I would love to go back. If you go to Barcelona I suggest the Salvador Dali museum, which is in Figueres not to far from Barcelona. And I would highly recommend the Park Guell. I didn’t know much about Gaudi until I went to Barcelona, but I fell in love with his architecture and his creations. They are all over in Barcelona.

  10. TBM says:

    Hi Gilly! Thanks for the tips. All of it sounds amazing. It is great to get tips from people who have been there and done it. I really appreciate it!

  11. Yes, that’s what my boyfriend, Sergio says. Of course Barcelona is a huge rival of Madrid (especially during futbol time) but he says that Barcelona is gorgeous because of Gaudi’s architecture!

    And thanks for the suggestions! The Park Guell sounds very cool and I will definitely write that and the Dali museum to my list of things to do for when I go! And if you ever go to Madrid go to the Retiro Park, you will love it! 🙂

    • TBM says:

      Gaudi is amazing! He has left his mark in Barcelona that’s for sure. I would love to see a Barcelona and Real Madrid game since they are such rivals.

      I will add Retiro Park to the list if I go. Thanks for the suggestion! Also if you go to Barcelona, try and see the Magic Fountain at night. It is amazing.

  12. I can see why it’s a 50 year project 😀

  13. lynnsbooks says:

    This is a great list – unfortunately I haven’t visited your places – except England (and that’s cheating because I actually live there!)
    I do a bit of travelling around but I seem to have been concentrating on Europe, Rome, Florence, etc, Need to shake myself up!!!
    Lynn 😀

    • TBM says:

      My next trip will be Europe. I cheated by counting the US since I lived there, but I figured I’ve been to at least half of the states so I’m pretty familiar with it. Now I live in London, so hopefully I will be able to visit more European countries. The travel time is significantly shorter now 🙂

  14. Galyna Tate says:

    Sounds like you have a great plan! My husband and I travel all the time too! There is so much to see in this world! One of my favorites is Italy. I also hope you can visit Ukraine someday and its capital Kiev (Kyiv) with 1400 years of history! Let me know if you need any tips about that part of the world.
    BTW Love your beautiful photos!

    • TBM says:

      Hello! It is always nice to meet another person who is passionate about traveling! I agree, there is so much to see. When we visit a place I love exploring and sometimes I have this urge to go back since I had so much fun. But I resist and head to a new place and feel the same way. I love seeing the world and meeting new people. I haven’t been to Italy yet, but it is a must for m. I would love to see Ukraine, it has a captivating history. Thanks for the offer for helpful tips!

  15. thirdeyemom says:

    Where do you live now? Are you taking a sabbatical from work? Just curious as I really like the concept of your site! It is awesome! I am headed off to Guatemala (which I see on your list above) for the first time in early March. I’m going to be volunteering in an indigenous community near Xela. Ever been there? I am looking forward to checking our your book list. I am an avid reader too but unfortunately have way too many books sitting on my waiting list to be read!

    • TBM says:

      I currently live in London. My better half was transferred here for work. When I was in Guatemala I stayed for a week just outside of Antigua. Such a beautiful country. We hiked the volcano Pacaya a year before it erupted. I loved the country. Volunteering sounds like a great experience! I look forward to hearing about your experience.

      I can totally understand about having too many books on your list 🙂

  16. Juana says:

    you missed Mozambique! It’s a great country with nice beaches from south to the north, nice people, warm temperature, white sands and pristine waters. This is a good blog.

  17. staatsform says:

    Germany is the place to be. My entire family is German and I simply adore the country, particularly the Black Forest region (from which my parents hail). I really hope you enjoy it when you visit.

  18. Nate says:

    We reside in Ya’an, Sichuan, China. So, when you are ready for the middle of China, be sure to drop us a line.

  19. Hey.. that’s a nice list of places you have traveled. Visit Pakistan too, someday 🙂

  20. gageier says:

    Fremde Länder zu bereisen ist was sehr schönes,viel Glück wünsche ich dabei,noch eien schönen Abend wünscht dir Klaus

  21. Lynne Ayers says:

    I don’t know how many more I will be making it to so I will rely on you to take me there. Best wishes and good luck with your dreams … I’ve made it to 32, so far.

    • TBM says:

      Thanks Lynne! I’m hoping to add at least 4 more countries this year. I hope to make it to all 192…only time will tell 🙂 I’ll do my best to share my experiences.

  22. Luke Heikkila says:

    I’m so intrigued by this…brilliant idea. My work has brought me through Kuwait and Iraq…later this year I hit up Dubai and Afghanistan. My inventory of where I’ve been…maybe a bit over a dozen. Good luck!

    • TBM says:

      Thanks for the well wishes. You’ve been to some pretty cool places. Do you have a favorite? I really want to visit Dubai! Good luck and happy travels Luke!

  23. paratuccari says:

    When you visit Turkey let me know

  24. isaygoround says:

    i really like your page, this is really what i want. i hope you could give me an advise how to start 😀

    • TBM says:

      I started off my traveling by visiting places near me. It took me years to save up for the the bigger trips like Africa. For me, once I started seeing the places near my home it fed a desire to see more. My best advice is to start off small and to keep going. It doesn’t matter where you start, just as long as you start. Happy travels and keep me updated!

  25. aFrankAngle says:

    Because you are now in England, hope you can take advantage of your proximity to so many countries. Italy is wonderful!

    • TBM says:

      I can’t wait to go to Italy. In grad school I studied a lot of Italian art and architecture. I know when I go I will want to spend a few weeks there. And we are taking advantage of our proximity. We planning to visit several countries this year. That was one of the reasons why we moved here. It is very exciting.

      • aFrankAngle says:

        Great … and as a friend of mine said, “Italy is one long museum.”

        With art and architecture in your background, you may never leave! Interestingly, even my eye could see that when comparing the art of the churches in Rome, Florence, and Venice – they are different!

      • TBM says:

        I see so many photos from Italy and I think you are right. I may not leave! I want to see all of the cities you mentioned. I need to start saving for this trip and planning.

  26. Let me know if you happen to come to Norway 🙂 I have a plan to go to Denmark, well only Copenhagen though. Anyway.. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      We are heading to Oslo this summer and I’m really excited. We will only be there a couple of days so I’m hoping to cram a lot in. Any suggestions?

      • Vigelandparken for sure 🙂 Oslo might not be the most beautiful capital city, but I like going there now and then, probably since I live in the small place here 🙂

      • TBM says:

        Thanks for the tip. I marked it in my tour guide book. I’ll let you know what I think when I get back from the trip. I’m really looking forward to it!

  27. josmojo says:

    I love the idea of your blog….especially refocusing on the positives in your life.
    thank you for the inspiration. I’ve just started a new blog and love the positive energy that surrounds my efforts.
    Good luck with yours.

    • TBM says:

      Thanks so much. I’ve found that just channeling my energy to doing things I like has helped me tremendously and I am much happier. I still have bad days, who doesn’t, but I don’t get bogged down by them and move on to the good ones. Those are better to focus on. I look forward to getting to know your blog and I wish you luck. Thanks for commenting.

  28. Gisele says:

    Very cool blog. I am also fan of travelling and I am trying to visit as many countries as I can. When are you going to Denmark? I will be there is 2 weeks time, if you have some tips…

    • TBM says:

      I wont’ be going until later this summer. I hope you enjoy and if you have any tips when you get back I would love to hear about them. Traveling is one of the best ways to learn and I really enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  29. Hanna says:

    Hi,
    one day you should also visit Hungary 🙂 (Budapest)
    And dont forget Austria too!

    • TBM says:

      Trust me, they are on the list. I’ve heard that both are beautiful and I’m a history person so I wouldn’t want to miss out.

  30. Grace says:

    When you visit Germany, you should swing by the Czech Republic (Prague).

    • TBM says:

      I should have, but I didn’t have the time. Prague is on my list. I’ve always heard how beautiful it is. I can’t wait to see for myself.

  31. Barbara says:

    192 Is a pretty high target!! Great if you can achieve it! I only started travelling in my 30’s (my first time ever on an aeroplane was when I was 21!)

    I think my target will be to keep up with you… the more you see, the more you want to see! I have visited 17 now, (but probably strictly 16 because the Canaries are part of Spain 😦 ) What are the rules? Are England Scotland Wales & Northern Ireland separate countries?

    • TBM says:

      I have a list of the countries that are on the UN list. That’s what I’m using for my criteria. So Wales and Scotland are not on the list, which is a shame since I live in London. That would have been easy to knock those two off. Ireland is on the list, but not Northern Ireland. I agree, once you start traveling you get the travel bug and want to see more and more. I wish you happy travels. And how are the Canaries? We’ve considered going recently.

      • Barbara says:

        The Canaries are lovely, especially in winter. Not too hot because of the sea breeze but tropical latitude. Each island is very different, we went to Lanzarotte twice & loved it, and Feurtaventura. Would love to go back again…. but there are so many other places to see!

      • TBM says:

        Thanks for the info…and I totally understand. there are so many wonderful places out there.

  32. AngO says:

    Good luck! Do Asia and South America…they have been my favourite continents : )

  33. Hi there! Wow! We have quite a few of the same places… I have also been to: Mexico, Spain, Dominican Republic, England (live here), USA, and France… Going to Sweden and Kenya this year, and have also been to: Saudi Arabia, Greece, Corfu, Kos, Tenerife, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Finland (Finnish Lapland in the Arctic), Andorra, Cape Verde Islands, The Maldives, India, Thailand, Italy, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt and St Lucia… I am going to catch up on some of your posts to South America, as that’s a place I desperately want to go to!

    • TBM says:

      You have an impressive list. Congrats! We are heading to the Netherlands in March and I’m excited. Our goal is to visit at least 3 countries this year. We are in the planning stages now. I’ve been to Central America and loved it. Haven’t been to South America yet, but that is a goal for 2014. We want to go to Brazil for the world cup. We went to South Africa in 2010 for the cup and it was amazing. We hope while in South America we will visit at least 3 countries. That trip is in the planning stages as well. Lots of planning with these goals–I’m sure you are aware of that with all of your travel. Happy travels.

  34. samokan says:

    Somebody asked about the Philippines already so I am just going to ask , How about Japan?

  35. LaVagabonde says:

    You’ve got a good start! Best of luck to you on your quest.

    • TBM says:

      Thanks for the luck. I’m loving this project–so much to see and do. One day at a time and who knows how far I’ll get. Happy travels!

  36. Sweet Tooth Travels says:

    This is a great idea. My bucket list item is to travel to all 50 states, finding the best dessert in each state. Maybe once I finish, I’ll move on to countries. LOL!

    • TBM says:

      I do hope to complete the 50 states as well. So far I think I have 26. How many have you visited so far? Maybe I should add the best desserts to the countries 😉 I wish you luck!

  37. fendikristin says:

    interesting project you have here! Nice following your blogs, thank you for sharing. Don’t forget to add Indonesia in your list, it has thousands of islands you can visit 🙂

  38. Fiona.q says:

    which country are you from?

  39. larszeekaf says:

    Enjoy Holland, my home country! Keep in mind Amsterdam is Holland..but Holland is not Amsterdam!

  40. girlseule says:

    This is such an amazing idea! Hope you make it down here to Australia some day!

    • TBM says:

      We are super excited about visiting Australia. We have several friends who live there and want to visit them. Now I just need to find the time and money 🙂

  41. Alessio says:

    Make sure to let me know when you plan to visit Switzerland and/or Italy! 🙂

  42. calebjwestbrook says:

    Iceland! very exciting. a good of my brother spent a good deal of time and really loved it. I leave soon for Scotland and am really looking forward to it!

  43. If you make your way to the Gulf, you can visit several countries in a very short period of time.
    UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Jordan are all within driving distance of each other…that and Saudi Arabia…but I’m not sure you want to come here 😉 Yemen is also close.

    And Sri Lanka is only a 4 hour, $500 flight away 🙂

    • TBM says:

      All the places you’ve named are on the list. I have 47 years left to the challenge to fit in the rest of the countries including the Gulf. I would love to visit! I’ve always been fascinated by this part of the world and can’t wait to see it for myself. Thanks for all the tips.

  44. Great goals and I can relate to both the travel and reading ones. I have set myself yearly goals to try and make them seem more achievable – so many great places to see and wonderful books to read. Where are you heading next? :).

    • TBM says:

      Good for you. If I didn’t set goals, I wouldn’t accomplish a darn thing. Since I started this project I’ve made progress one step at a time.

      We are hoping for Italy. How about you?

      • We head to Italy in August. We also have a trip to Berlin planned and one to France, in the outskirts of Paris. Whereabouts in Italy are you planning to visit?

      • TBM says:

        I’m hoping for Rome (I’m a history nerd and love art) and might pop into Trieste later this year for a concert. I love Berlin–such a great place. And France … that is a great place. That reminds me, I need to look into French Open tickets. Have a great weekend!

      • I love Rome; the mix of old and new standing next to each other is like no other city. I would move there if I could. If you head there look you the restaurant Est Est Est – it is off the tourist routes, you can’t book but every night it is full of locals and they do the most amazing food at a price that is definitely for the locals! 🙂

      • TBM says:

        Thanks. I’ll keep that in mind. We like to get off the beaten track and explore non-touristy areas if possible.

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