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Where in the world is Todd now??   By popular demand, I’ve launched this travel blog website, I’ll chronicle my adventures around the world, beginning with this trip.  Along the way I’ll post little anecdotes, observations, stories, and of course plenty of photos.  I’ve been posting regularly so check back often – enjoy!

The Visit50 name refers to my travel goal of visiting all 50 U.S. States, and 50 countries, by age 50. I explain it at this link

Introducing Visit 50 travel goal

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Now that I’ve launched this blog, I thought I should explain the title. I want to visit all 50 states, and visit 50 countries, by age 50. This is the Visit 50 travel goals. Hence the name of my travel blog,*.

How many countries have I visited?

For those of you keeping score at home, I was at 25 states and 20 countries to start my Asia trip (I’m 32). So I have 17.5 years to visit 30 countries. That seems daunting, considering I might not travel on long trips as much once I’m settled with a family. However, this trip will certainly help bring me much closer.

Considering only 4 of my countries were in Europe, I’m in decent shape to get there. This is because that’s where countries are most clustered together.

I’ll update my tally of where I’ve been at this link, and link countries I’ve written about from that list as well.

What constitutes a visit?

You can play by any rules you’d like, but mine are that I need to leave the airport or the highway and actually do something in that state or country for it to count. Have a meal, take a picture of an attraction, etc.

What is a country?

The surprisingly more difficult question is “What constitutes a country?”  I don’t have a universal guideline for this just yet.

It’s more challenging of a question than you might think.  For example, if you visit Britain, Ireland, and the Cayman Islands, how many countries have you visited?  You can’t just go by UN’s list of countries, because Taiwan’s not listed.

For example, if you visit mainland China, Taiwan, Macau, and Hong Kong, how many countries have you visited?  That last one’s a real example, as I’ll have visited 3 of the 4 by the end of 2011.

Criteria for counting as a country

I generally count places I visit as distinct countries if they have at least 3 of the following:
– If they’re on the US State department’s list of countries.
– If they have their own Olympic team.
– If they consider themselves to be their own country.
– If they’re recognized on the list of countries by the UN.

– If they have their own immigration/visa policies.

Updated answers for visit 50 travel goals

Here’s my full explanation of what counts as a visit. here. Also, how I count if a place I visited counts as a country is here.

I’ve made a lot of progress on these visit 50 travel goals.

Do you have a suggestion here?  I’m open to feedback here.

How many have you visited?

relaxing under a palm tree in Belize

*the site is, but was originally a different name. By popular demand I’ve updated it.