In 2015 I made myself a promise. My one true goal in life was to visit every country in the world. I also said I would stop at nothing to do so. So how is it that I travel less and less? Of course, I have been on two trips within the past few months, but I have not left the United States since February of 2020.
I recently asked my Mom, "At what age you think I would be when I visit every country in the world?" Her reply, "maybe 50." Well, I guess we will see if she is right.
There are one hundred and ninety-seven(197) countries in the world. One hundred and ninety-three(193) of those countries are recognized by the United Nations. Two are U.N observers (The Vatican( Holy See) and Palestine) and Taiwan and Kosovo, which are known as self-governed territories. Thankfully, I have traveled to 30 of these countries and intend to add more soon.
Pandemic restrictions kept me at home but I think it's time to change that. Don't get me wrong, I can travel, but I just tried to avoid getting a PHD in travel rules for every country. I missed the days where I could book and go worry-free but I am afraid those days are gone.
Before I travel internationally again, I thought I'd walk down memory lane to remind myself of the good times and look forward to fun times to come.
Here is a list of countries visited thus far in my travels.
St.Kitts and Nevis: This is more than a place traveled but my home. I spent 17 years on these beautiful islands and would not trade growing up here for anything in the world. I haven't been back for a few years but believe it or not it is the place I dream about most.
United States: I first visited as a 5-year-old on a trip to Disneyworld. I am still not a fan of rollercoasters. I eventually moved to the states where I currently reside. My favorite state is Seattle, Washington and hopefully one day it can be my home.
Barbados: I visited Bridgetown as a teenager. Even then I thought I knew it all. I spent roughly four days but it all seemed vague. Back then my mom made all the plans I was just a tagalong. It is one of the places I need to revisit and reacquaint myself with.
United Kingdom: When I obtained my college degree in 2009, my gift to myself was a trip to England. I remember it like it was yesterday. I spent over a thousand on the ticket. I had a $200 budget to span 14 days. Luckily, I stayed at my sisters' flat or I couldn't even afford the trip. It was there that I got bit by the travel bug and dreamt of traveling ever since. To date, London has been my most visited place and will always hold a special place in my heart.
France: I first visited France in the fall of 2015. I was wiser then and avoided visiting Europe in the summer. Staying in Paris is not cheap, however. It is better now but back then spending $200 a night in a hotel seemed high. Needless to say, It was the first of three trips and hopefully there is more in the future.
The Netherlands: I visited Amsterdam a week after visiting France. It was special. Chilled layback vibes and so much history. I had taken a class on Vincent Van Gogh in college so I had a starting point for the trip. The lesson learned was to stay away from the minibar in hotels.
Spain: My first trip to Spain was not to the mainland but to one of its autonomous regions. Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands was where I decided fully travel was my thing. I visited Madrid a year later and Malaga later that year as well. Barcelona was one of my more recent trips and my more memorable ones.
Germany: Study abroad during my MBA program brought me to Germany. Brief stints in Frankfurt and Koln.(Cologne) I also visited Berlin a year later. A trip to Octoberfest in Munich will most likely be my next trip but I look forward to returning.
Iceland: Iceland was a birthday trip after I turned 27 and I had a second trip in 2018. I've been on record saying this by far is my favorite place due to its unspoilt natural treasures and just the politeness of the people. I would like to return and do the entire island for a few weeks.