As you may know, I have set myself the challenge of seeing 40 countries by the time I’m 40. I’m worrying that this may not be achievable and I still have 10 years to go!
At present, using the UN list of countries, I have visited 17 countries as highlighted above. These include Vatican City, Gibraltar and Malta. I have one more definitely booked in and potentially 2 new countries in the summer.
However, I have discovered a new list to use! The Travellers Century Club. This is a club for people who have visited 100 or more countries. They structure their list differently and consider territories that are removed from the parent country as a separate country, eg Tasmania, Sicily, the Balaerics. They have 325 separate countries, compared to the UN’s 195. With this in mind, I think I will be using the Travellers Century Club list from now on for my 40 before 40 challenge. (Their rules also state you can count any visit to a country, even if it’s just a plane fuel stop!)
My new list in no particular order:
- Canary Islands (Gran Canaria)
- Balearic Islands (Menorca & Majorca)
- Ionian Islands (Corfu)
- Vatican City
- Abu Dhabi (2 hour stopover, never left the airport)
This totals 23, so I only have 17 more to go!!