A comforting thought
How many people here have visited more countries than their age?
Cripes! Kids these days!
+3.25 if you count from my inception in the womb.
I've read about many more...and have the guidebooks to prove it. Intentions...
In my early twenties I could say 4 countries total, which included a day trip to Tijuana - which of course, isn't "really Mexico." More like a NAFTA Mexico. Not that I've explored much more since - La Paz and Cabo area - At least there was a one way bus ride and one way drive on that trip. A couple of other border towns too.
Then I went backpacking in Europe for a few weeks and started to catch up with my age. I'm working hard to keep ahead of this simple stat now.
I have yet to visit the Caribbean and many countries in Europe, and North Africa/Arabia are still left, so there is a lot of low hanging fruit left. (Another stat might be if you have visited more UN World Heritage sites than your age. I'm +20 in that department happily)
The inspiration for this question...didn't perhaps come from my tagline did it?
That seems a pretty low score compared to some boots'n'allers, but I'm about to whack another 4-5 countries on in the coming months, so then I'll be on one every 2.18 yrs, but then I'll turn 25 and it'll be back down to 2.2 and I'll have to go travelling again to improve my score again!( how terrible!)
Next year's trip should put me at +6, if everything goes according to plan. +7 if flight prices don't change, and the cheapest place to catch up on jet lag before continuing on to Cairo remains Malta.
In fairness though, that includes countries like Monaco and Vatican City, where I spent maybe a day, and many were at my parent's expense when I was much younger. The cheapest, though, is counting Mexico after the afternoon I spent in Tijuana when I was five.
The sad thing for me is, this means I was ahead of the game from the time I was 12 until I was 20. I figure it's not so much what your ratio is, just ensuring that it doesn't drop.
I think this is pretty good considering I first left the U.S. when I was 19.
But, my future holds so much more. I'm lucky in that I've been living in Spain for the last year, and will be here until June 2006. This means easy access to Portugal, Morocco, and virtually all of Western and Eastern Europe.
On the home front, there's Canada, as well as somewhat easy access to South America, Central America, and the Carribean.
Hopefully I'll be able to hit some places in the Caribbean over the next few years, as well as South America and Southeast Asia, keep my number going up.
I've been in 33 states here in the U.S., and have been to two countries overseas. My first trip out of this country was at age 25, and I took another trip this year (I'm 26 now..soon to be 27..eek). So, at this pace, *maybe* I could do one country a year? I'd be quite satisfied with that, actually.
IÂ´m 27 and IÂ´ve visited...1, 2, 3...um, 15 countries. (I think). Not bad IÂ´d say...
BUT, in the next few months IÂ´ll be adding around 10-12 more. So that makes 27!
After New YearÂ´s 2006 I may or may not be making it to South America...which would give me 4-6 more. Which means IÂ´d officially be ahead of my age...
WeÂ´ll see I guess...
Never thought of it this way before...
"I am a passenger on the spaceship, Earth." -Buckminster Fuller
- England, Scotland, Wales = 3 countries or 1 country?
- Tibet = separate country?
- Riding a train across a country, but stopping for only a few hours = count it or not?
- Airport stopover = count it or not?
OK, rules aside, at age 29 I have a minimum of 30 countries (counting conservatively) and a max of 40 if you count more freely. Counting by my rules (airport stopovers count, drive-throughs and train-throughs do) I have 37.
It's never enough. I'm shooting for 2 countries for every year, and I'm falling behind!
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