Recommitment to Travel

Plaza del Zocalo , Mexico City
Plaza del Zocalo , Mexico City

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.

Oualie Beach, Nevis

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 Louvre, Paris France
The Louvre, Paris France

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.

DC-3 Crash, Sólheimasandur Iceland
DC-3 Crash, Sólheimasandur Iceland