thanks for the welcome - I wish I'd found this forum ages ago, it's great.
My Netherlands misadventure wasn't in Amsterdam itself, but in a little town called Os (there wasn't any wizard that I could see ).
The full story is a bit long to tell here, but because I get asked about it so often it's up on a web site called www.simplyjond.com
Hope you enjoy the tale
For some reason I seem to get into a lot of these "wish the ground would open up and swallow me" situations. I'm probably going to put up a different one each week for people to see - just as a bit of fun .
1. Germany East and West when there was such a thing. 2. Czechlaslovlokia, when there was such a thing 3. Austria 4. Switzerland 5.France 6. England 7. Northern Ireland 8. Ireland 9.Hungary 10.Vatican City 11. Costa Rica 12. Thailand 13. Malaysia 14. Borneo 15. Phillipines 16. USA (47 states) 17. Canada 18. Singapore 19. Japan 20. Mexico 21. Holland 23. Yugoslavia 24. USSR (what is now Latvia) 25 Myanmar 26. I know this doesn’t count, but got turned away from India’s border due to them going to war with Pakistan the same day I showed up.
I know I am forgetting some… I just found this forum tonight and haven’t been able to sleep, cant’ stop reading… I can’t believe there are others out there as enraptured with being ANYWHERE but home as I am (not married no kids)
I am waiting for my partner to get his act together so that we can go to the pub, and thought I would search this forum!! And decided that this debate should be reignited . . .really impressed at everyone's list.
Unfortunately my list is only adequate , and I suspect would receive an end of term remark of "reasonable performance but she could do better"! . . .
So my challenge to myself is by the time I am 40 to be able to call myself a guru and perhaps match number of countries visited with my age! Thereagain this might be a challenge too far, since I have a long way to go in a few years, so far I have visited . . . . Scotland, Wales, Canada, France, Spain(islands & mainland), Portugal(Madeira), Germany, Belgium(a few hours, does it count?!), Netherlands, USA(east, west & middle on a train . . .want to do south next!), Malta, Switzerland, and of course home country of England . . .
I haven't been to too many countries, but I have a good 40 to 50 years to catch up with all of you! So far I have travelled quite a bit around western Canada, to some of the NW states in the USA, lived in Germany and travelled around it on weekends, as well as Spain and the Netherlands on my school Christmas break! I hope to travel more around North America, as well as a possible trip to the land down under on a WHV and around SE Asia in a few years' time. Eventually I want to make my way around the world, travelling and working as a nurse and doing relief work with the Red Cross or a similar organisation. All your lists are a great inspiration and I am genuinely in admiration of such well-travelled folks
I'm browsing forums aimlessly like Becky as ive finished studying for the day but cant sleep yet as my brain is still buzzing with entirely useless information. So to remind me of times when i actually went out and had a life on saturday nights here is my list:
Scotland, Wales, Guernsey. Isle of Wight (all part of the UK so i suppose they can count as one!)
France, Belgium (passing through), Holland, all the Balearic Islands but not mainland Spain yet, Portugal, Italy, Ukraine, USA, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo, Malta, Tunisia, Samoa, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore...
and i think that's it so far - 19 - not too shabby! That's definitely cheered me up - 7 more weeks of this dissertation malarkey, a couple of weeks to save madly and im off again to Chile - hurrah! Roll on destination 20!
Cheers guys! X
Strangely, this has come up in 2 other places I watch very recently as well, although one was more a debate about how do you count that you’ve been to a country (i.e does transit, airport or less than 24 hours count?) and what you actually is and is not a country - very complex, particularly from a professional point of view and there is no definitive answer. Virtually everybody/every country etc disagrees.
However although I’ve been to a few places, it has never even occured to me to count them before. The post has made me curious so I figure I may as well do it here. In approximately the order I’ve been to them, I’ve been to:
(Generally accepted countries): UK, Fra, Ire, Bel, Neth, Monaco, Ger, Swi, Liech, Lux, Austria, Den, Nor, Swe, Fin, Est, Lat, Lith, Rus, Bel, Pol, Cze, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ita, Hun, San M, Vat C, Ukr, Spa, Andorra, Cro, Rom, S&M, Fyrom, Albania, Gre, Turkey , Mold, Kaz, Arm, Azer, Georg, Tajik, Uzb, Turkmen, Iran, Iraq, Syr and Morocco, and possibly one or two others I’ve forgotten. In addition, depending on how you count them, the other 3 in the UK (Eng, Sco, NI), and an extra as been to both S&M.
Much more debatably, you can probably make arguments to count any number of semi autonomous or areas wanting independence such as Lapland, Åland, Euskadi, Catalunya, Bohemia/Moravia/Silesia, Kosovo/Vojvodina, Bretagne, Pomerania, any number of Russian & Ukrainian regions etc. etc etc.
Wow!! Just realized that depending how you count, a minimum of 50 countries! Didn’t realize it was so many, and is a heck of lot without ever stepping on an airplane, and means I’m averaging about 2 a year. That’s scary.
Thanks Becky for reigniting the thread and made me think about it and finally count!!!
Hmmm. Wonder if plans will finally happe so i can fill in my European gaps this year and maybe add one or two more...
I feel very humble in your presence! 50ish, that is amazing especially as you have not flown and do most of it by rail . . .and since you are a few years younger than me, perhaps there is still hope for me to reach my modest target of matching age with countries by the time I am 40 . .. I think though my career rethink will need to take this into accout.
So my other challenge is, can anyone beat 50ish?!
This thread is so funny as it keeps resurfacing every few months or so... it has to be the most active thread since our starting although it might not look that way
Gelli, I am highly impressed.... I am no where near your number! In fact, I was slightly disappointed in myself when I saw those numbers of yours
Here I was thinking I had travelled.... anyway, hopefully another few to add to the list this year!!!
I'd say landing at an airport at a country is probably not seeing/visiting that country. I landed at a Canadian Airport before flying down to Florida (due to a hurraine and tornados we had to stop off in Canada). A few nice canadians came on board and delivered some really nice hot dogs (a heck of a lot better than aeroplane food) and I saw the scenery in Canada also but I didn't actually touch Canadian soil so I cannot really say I've been to Canada. Also same happened on a stopover to Barbados - we stopped in Tobago although didn't get hot dogs there (not due to weather though, it was fuel problems and no I don't believe to be cursed although they did manage to temporarily lose my suitcase upon arrival at Barbados on that particular flight also) I never got to touch Tobago soil either and so therefore will not count Tobago and Canada as countries I have visited. I have travelled 'through' Belgium though and got to see the architecture etc. and touched soil there and ate there also, so I'm counting Belgium in the following list.
Not necessarily in order I've been travelling in: -
England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, France (all round), Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, USA (Florida), Barbados,
Dominican Republic, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Turkey, Greece mainland and the greek island of Kos. So seventeen countries in all.
Oh I travelled to Tunisia when I was a baby of 2years so I don't know if that counts atall I don't really remember that though but I guess I've been there so yeah - make that eighteen countries.
Rach-a, also congrats on your newly acclaimed title of 'Travel Guru' as I noticed this was your 100th post! You are only three days behind Ian (http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=1979)
Great to see so many Travel Guru's hanging out here!! Thanks for all the sharing!