After just over half a century of travelling, I have visited my 75th country. An average of 1.5 countries per year through my life. I think this puts me in the top 1 percent of travellers vis a vis countries visited!
27 of those countries are in Asia with 24 countries in Europe, 11 in Central and North America, seven in the Pacific region, four in Africa and just two in South America.
Apparently, the average Australian has visited six countries. This is lower than the average Brit (10 countries), but higher than the average US citizen (3 countries). So I have been to 69 countries more than the average Aussie.
My rule for visiting a country? While there are some people who include transit stops, I do not. I must have stepped on the ground outside the airport. So while I have flown through Doha, for example, the capital of Qatar, I do not count it because I have never left the airport! My goal is to experience the country from the point of view of the locals; to eat local food, and get a glimpse of what it is like to be a native in that place. If I can make friends with a local, then that is a bonus!
My fave countries?: New Zealand, Iceland, France, Japan, Vietnam and Costa Rica.
My least favourite: Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Laos
How many have you visited? Where are your favourites?