How Many Countries Have You Visited?

| June 25, 2011 | 7 Comments
pinnedglobe How Many Countries Have You Visited?

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Whether you’re eagerly waiting for your first passport to be delivered or you could give the most interesting man in the world a run for his money—it’s always a good time to beef up your obituary. Since it seems that a lot of readers of Two Go Round-The-World are very well-traveled, we thought it might be fun to find out exactly how travelled everyone is! So, how many countries have you visited?

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The Number Two Rule

Opinions will also vary on this, but we personally do not believe a transit stop via an airport at Bahrain, Singapore, Frankfurt, Reyjkavik, should count as having visited that country. But flight layovers in a country may count as ‘visited’ — as long as you satisfy the rule established by our friend Stefan — a French Canadian we might while travelling through mainland China. You must have used the facilities in the aforementioned country in order to count it in your ‘inventory’. In short, if you didn’t ‘go’ you didn’t go.


There’s no danger in quantifying here — we’re just having fun. I hope this post doesn’t devolve into a discussion surrounding the ‘best’ way to travel. Whether you’ve spent months travelling overland in a particular country, spent a week there on luxury holidays or an afternoon there during a port call on a cruise ship is immaterial — let’s just celebrate the fact that you’ve been there! Indeed, we realize that expanding one’s view of the world is paramount as is seeing how others live and learning about other cultures—but we also maintain that there’s nothing wrong with occasional luxury beach holidays, too! However, we see no harm in quantifying travel like this—it’s just a fun exercise!

The Master List

To do this right — we’ve all got to work from the same list. While no list is ever going to 100% “correct”, the list from Travel Independent is pretty darn close. This list does not include non-existent ‘territories/dependencies’ often commonly misidentified as countries—like Tasmania, Easter Island, Wales, Newfoundland, Alaska, Micronesia, Lapland, Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, etc. According to most accounts there are 195 countries. Places commonly confused as being countries include Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Western Sahara—and even the components of the UK (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England—but they’re not countries, states, or nation-states). So this is the list that we’re going to go with. Make sure countries were the only ones “claimed”, for the sake of some overall consistency.

The Century Club

If you’re into counting stamps in your passport — you may be interested in the Travellers’ Century Club–an American-based travel club. Their rules established in 1970 define 320 separate destinations as being ‘countries’—they count destinations that are politically, ethnologically or geographically different as unique entities.

Membership in the Travelers’ Century Club (TCC) is limited to those travelers who have visited one hundred or more countries of the world. It was first organized in Los Angeles in 1954 by a group of the world’s most widely traveled people. The idea has attracted the interest of the world travelers everywhere and we now have members throughout the world, as well as the United States.

So if you’ve visited over 100 of these ‘countries’ and pony up a $100 membership fee ($50–60 annually thereafter) you’ll gain the satisfaction of being accredited—and you’ll receive a newsletter to boot! Check them out here.

Our List

Since meeting, Kathryn and I have visited 15 countries.

  1. South Korea
  2. Japan
  3. China
  4. Vietnam
  5. Cambodia
  6. Laos
  7. Thailand
  8. Malaysia
  9. India
  10. Peru
  11. Mexico
  12. Ecuador
  13. United States of America
  14. Chile
  15. Argentina


So, we’ve visited 15 countries — and hope to add a few more before the year is out! How many countries have you been to? Feel free to list them in the comments section below! Do you have an unusual experience to share? Spill the beans!

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  1. Haha. The ‘Number Two’ rule. That’s a rule of “bum”! I like it! I’ve been to 16, just enough to bump me to the next category. I’m going to add another three this year, maybe four. They are: US, Canada, England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Andorra, Monaco, Denmark, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, Burma and Fiji, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and maybe Ireland later on this year. That’ll put me eight short of my age—which has always been my goal. Well, you know, one needs to have goals!

  2. Jared Kasemi says:

    This post isn’t about self-knowledge. It’s about how many countries you’ve visited. Yeah, it’s a right-brain activity, but it’s fun to keep track of. Not only countries, but states, provinces—and counties as well. But we’ll stick to countries for now.

    I’ve been to 57 (wow, even surprised myself!), with UK counting as one.

    In exercises like these, I never know what to do with countries that I went to, but don’t exist anymore. East and West Germany, and Czechoslovakia. I’ve been to both as Germany and Czech Republic, so I guess it doesn’t really matter except for numbers.

  3. Kirk says:

    Oh man I need to really get out and travel more! 15,16 and 57 geez im behind the eight on this one. I like the if you didn’t go then you didn’t go just too funny.

  4. Do you guys do one of these? I think trip advisor does a similar thing, kind of fun.

  5. USA
    Vatican City
    New Zealand

    Only barely double digits…time to expand the list!

  6. KiteZA says:

    Currently sitting at 15, if the “two” rule stands (once spent a day in Madrid airport, so I’ll count Spain).

    South Africa (home!)
    United Kingdom
    United States

    Some fascinating stories that have come out of the trips, including some I’ve mentioned on my blog (more info at
    Currently studying, so the travels have been put on ice… but I can’t wait to get going again! Hopefully going to make a plan for Equatorial Guinea and Gabon for the African Cup of Nations football tournament in January, which would be awesome.

  7. Henry Williams says:

    Wow I’ve only been to about 5 I gatta get my traveling going a bit more

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