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, see below). 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)
(Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine,
Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina,
Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C.)
This blog is mainly about national parks, so naturally I keep track of all parks I’ve been to. Check out the U.S. national parks page for much more information about the national parks of America. The map below shows all the American parks I’ve been able to check off my list so far.
Visited National Parks in America
Acadia National Park, Maine
Arches National Park, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Channel Islands National Park, California
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
Death Valley National Park, California
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
Pinnacles National Park, California
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Zion National Park, Utah
Besides these countries and American national parks, I also keep track of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that I’ve visited. You can see an over of those on my UNESCO World Heritage Sites page.