All 7 Continents!!

Our entry into Copenhagen, Denmark marks a milestone in our travels around the world.  We have now been to all 7 continents. We’ve met other people that have been to all 7 but we are the only ones I know of that count Europe as the last continent to reach to the 7 continent milestone.

What’s next?  How about every country in the world?  We’ve got 41 countries down so far which only leaves us 154 to go.  The actual number depends on how you count a country which is a little more controversial than one would have thought.

For example, I’ve been to Hong Kong while it was a territory of England.  It’s now a territory of China.  Do I count England as a country I’ve been to?  Same for Turks and Caicos.  That still is a territory of England.  Do I count that country as visiting England?  If so, how can I count visiting England but not visiting Europe.  So, I came up with a method that seems logical to me.

First, you have to determine how many countries there are in the world.  The UN has 192 member countries so this is often used as the number of countries in the world.  However, Vatican City, Kosovo, and Taiwan aren’t members of the UN but they are independent nations.  The US officially recognizes 194 countries (Taiwan is absent).  I agree with many others that Taiwan is a separate country.  For the purpose of my country count I use 195 countries.

Nathan’s Country Count
Countries – 41

Territories – 10

I like to count territories as well.  No hard set rule here other than it has to be significantly “different” from it’s governing country.  Antarctica, Galapagos, Tibet are examples of what I count as territories.  Our upcoming trip to Svalbard, Norway would also count as a territory.

This country counting started because we have a competitive family and my dad started bragging about how many countries he’s been to.  He was winning for quite a while at 33 countries but I left him in the dust a while back :)

List of countries and territories I’ve been to (as of June 24) after the break…

Countries:

Argentina
Australia
Barbados
Bhutan
Botswana
Brazil
Cambodia
Canada
Chile
China
Costa Rica
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Guatemala
India
Indonesia
Jamaica
Japan
Kenya
Malaysia
Maldives
Mexico
New Zealand
Peru
Philippines
Russia
Singapore
South Africa
South Korea
St Kitts
St Vincent
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Trinidad and Tobago
Uganda
United States
Vietnam
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Territories:

Aruba
Galapagos
Cayman Islands
Hong Kong
Macao
Netherland Antilles
Puerto Rico
Tibet
Turks and Caicos
Antarctica

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