I started Visit50 to inspire people to explore the world, with a fun travel goal to keep track: visit 50 countries by age 50. I’m also trying to get to 50 states by age 50 as well.
This page will be my running tally of which countries I’ve visited. As of Feb 2020, I’ve visited 53 countries and 26 states, depending on what you count as a distinct country.
I’ve broken it down by region, and will add links as I post those sections of this Visit50.com travel blog.
Total countries = 53 (plus HK, Macau, Puerto Rico)
Total states = 26 (plus Wash DC)
- Asia: Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia,Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Japan, mainland China, Taiwan*
- North America (mainland): USA, Canada, Mexico
- Caribbean/NA: Turks & Caicos, British Virgin Islands (’18-19), Barbados, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominican Republic
- Central America/NA: Costa Rica, Belize (’16-17), Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras (’14)
- South America: Colombia, Peru
- Europe: Italy (2019), Iceland (’18), Spain (’17), Portugal (’16), Denmark, France, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Sweden (’15), Finland (’15), Estonia (’15), Latvia (’15), Lithuania (’15), Poland (’15), Czech Republic (’15), Greece (’15), Hungary (’15).
- Middle East: Jordan, Bahrain
- Oceania: Australia
- Africa: none…yet!
(I’m missing a few here, need to add the new ones in!)
While I’ve been to Washington DC, it’s not a state and was not counted in the total. It has a higher population than Vermont and Wyoming so I’d argue they should change that.
Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, and thus is currently neither a state nor a country for this game. It has a higher population than 21 US States (not a typo – see full list here), and I’d argue we should change this, but that’s a very political debate. I’ve also been to St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands too.
* Taiwan is a separate country from mainland China for this list. This has certainly raised some debate amongst followers of this blog, (primarily with my friends that live in mainland China) and I welcome you to continue it in the comments. I understand that not everyone may agree on this.
There’s roughly 200 countries in the world. This comes from the 193 UN member countries in the world, 2 “UN observers” (the Vatican and Palestine), 3 additional countries are recognized by a fair number of the 195 above (Taiwan, Kosovo, Western Sahara).
Plus Hong Kong and Macau are technically part of China, but they have drastically different laws, immigration policies, and their own land, so I’m torn on counting HK and Macau as countries but have treated them all as part of China. Do you agree?
Make your own travel map – go this link to see my map, and click the red button below it.