This week I’m celebrating my seven-year anniversary of living in London. The festivities don’t stop there, though. I’m also celebrating accomplishing a big goal: traveling to 100 countries! When I touched down in the Seychelles last week, I officially got to country 100, and now I’ve created an interactive map with links to my blog posts about each one.
After completing my 90 Under 30 Travel Project, in which I visited 90 countries before my 30th birthday, I wanted to visit 10 more to get to 100. It took just over two-and-a-half years to do so—getting to new countries gets harder once you’ve been to most of the obvious ones (and a lot of the not-so-obvious ones!)—but I finally managed to make it.
How Many Countries Are There in the World?
When I tell people how many countries I’ve traveled to, they often ask the big question: how many countries are there in the world? The answer is a bit subjective, with some authorities considering any nation a country (think England), and others sticking to a more conservative definition of a country as a sovereign state with a definite territory recognized as independent.
I have chosen to go by the US State Department definition of a country, or sovereign state, mostly because I did my summer internships in college with them and I trust their judgement. According to the State Department, there are 195 countries in the world. You can see the list here.
The Big Picture
But rather than obsess over the definition of a country or how many of them I’ve checked off a list, I would prefer to focus on the act of travel itself. Seeing so much of the world has been a privilege that has given me a broader perspective on my own culture and a greater appreciation for others. I’ve learned so much, experienced such amazing places, and met so many inspiring people, and for me that’s what travel is really about. The rest is just nerdy details that I like to spend my non-traveling time thinking about!
Now that I’ve traveled to 100 countries, I have to decide what’s next. I secretly hope to visit every country in the world someday, and I’m excited to be over halfway to that goal. But I think it might take the rest of my life to get there (it’s not exactly easy to get to Sao Tome and Principe!). On the bright side, that means I will be bringing you stories from all of the amazing corners of the world for many years to come. I hope you enjoy them!
The List of 100 Countries I’ve Traveled to
The full list of the 100 countries I’ve visited is below. I’ve written about almost all of them on the A Lady in London blog, so if you want to read about one in particular, just click on the relevant pin on the map above (if you’re a subscriber and can’t see the map, click here). Happy travels!
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Senegal Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, United States of America, Vatican / Holy See, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and one country that shall remain nameless…