Depending on the source, the number of different countries in the world ranges between 193 (the officially recognized United Nations member states) and 207 (including the partially or not (yet) recognized nations). Of course, there are vastly more “destinations” than countries on this beautiful planet. For example, Gibraltar is officially part of the United Kingdom, but is unquestionably a separate destination; just like Aruba is a Dutch territory but clearly a distinctly different destination as well. Also, Antarctica is one of the greatest destinations in the world, yet is not an official country. You get my point.
The problem is that, considering the fact that the number of actual countries changes basically every few years, the number of destinations, including those countries and their states, provinces and territories, changes as well. It is, however, rather difficult to define what makes a “destination”, so I will stick to the list of the official sovereign countries recognized by the United Nations.
Of those 193 countries, I have visited 27 so far. I should mention that I am in no way on a journey to visit every country in the world (even though I do like to check things off a list). Rather, I like to spend a significant amount of time in whatever country I choose to visit, to get to know that respective country and its people, culture and traditions.
(States, Provinces, Territories)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
(England, Northern Ireland)
Besides these countries that I’ve been to, there are also a couple of additional, very specific destinations that I keep track off. Take a look at the national parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites that I’ve had the chance to visit and explore so far.