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1. Posted by GlobalPete (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

I'm coming towards the end of my planned travels where i went from London to Singapore overland, before flying to Australia, driving the east coast and now i've been living/working in Tasmania for 3 months. Next week i head to New Zealand for a month before flying home (UK). Still, enough about that, whilst on the road in OZ, i had this discussion with my travel partner about whether it is possible to visit every country in the world. She thinks not. I disagreed and seeing as i took this a a challenge and the fact that i've had a lot of spare time on my hands of late, began researching the possible best ways of doing it.

Having read another topic on this forum (regarding the possibilities of seeing the whole world), i am concious of the fact that there's no point racing through and spending 1 day in a country just to tick it off the list.

There are obvious problems and issues that need addressing but i feel it can be done. Any thoughts or tips?

2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

There are two things that go against each other in your model....Every country in the world? Doable but no time to look around, really. Look around various countries? No way to see them all.

I remember reading about some twenty something guy who saw them all. I am still having a problem trying to figure out how many countries there really are at whatever point.

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3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

I had a humanities teacher yay-many years back who said, so very wisely, that he thought it was wonderful that he would die only having read a tiny portion of all the books in the world. He said that meant there would always be a good book to read and he'd never run out.

I guess the same can be said for visiting countries.

4. Posted by ofthesea (Full Member 46 posts) 7y

I know one guy who has been to every country in the world except two, but he's in the military, which is definitely a difference experience than actually traveling a country. So, I agree with Piecar... its probably possible to have BEEN to every country in the world, but exploring them all would take a lifetime of dedication.

5. Posted by GlobalPete (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

'Piecar' - you're right about no time to see look around properly, but the way i see it once i've been to all countries i can go back and re-visit places i miss and liked being in. On my travels this time around i passed through 18 countries (so far, i still have NZ to go to next month) some of them for a while, some of them for not long enough. But now i have a feel for these places i can go back.

'Tway', very good comment from your teacher regarding all the books in the world. I love films and if i'd seen all the films made i'd have nothing to watch, but doesnt the excitement of knowing it is quite possible to visit every country outweigh that. After all i could never watch every film in the world if thats all i did from now until the end. And with countries, you can go back and re-visit new places, each time will be a different experience, from the actual place in that country you go, the time of year you go, the different people you'll meet etc.

My other big passion is football, so i'd like to visit a game in every country whilst i'm there. This is just an idea of course but gives me a common goal for each destination. Other ideas is to ensure you visit the capital of each country.

Of course as is mentioned, what is a country is a problem. It varies on your source and once you go to one place that isnt strictly deemed a country then you'd start to think you need to visit all other places, considerably increasing the amount of destinations

6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3711 posts) 7y

This website might give you a few ideas: http://www.mosttraveledpeople.com/

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

While it might be theoretically possible to visit all countries in the world, in practise you got the little problem of visa. I can think of a number of countries that are difficult to get into legally (depending upon your passport). On top of my head I can think of North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Lybia and to varying degrees Usbekistan and Sudan. Bhutan and Myanmar are also supposed to be difficult.

8. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

impossible for me, being an american I'll never see North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq or Iran, and maybe venezuela. Also I hear if I get an Israeli stamp in my passport other countries in the middle-east frown upon it, not too sure about that one but it wouldn't surprise me if it was true.

9. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3711 posts) 7y

Quoting Cool Paul

impossible for me, being an american I'll never see North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq or Iran, and maybe venezuela. Also I hear if I get an Israeli stamp in my passport other countries in the middle-east frown upon it, not too sure about that one but it wouldn't surprise me if it was true.

Yes it's true for several countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The Syrian authorities will ask if you have ever been to Israel when you apply for your visa, and when you arrive at the border your passport will be checked for Israeli stamps.

10. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

Quoting bex76

Quoting Cool Paul

impossible for me, being an american I'll never see North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq or Iran, and maybe venezuela. Also I hear if I get an Israeli stamp in my passport other countries in the middle-east frown upon it, not too sure about that one but it wouldn't surprise me if it was true.

Yes it's true for several countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The Syrian authorities will ask if you have ever been to Israel when you apply for your visa, and when you arrive at the border your passport will be checked for Israeli stamps.

egypt isn't one of those countries is it?

Israel and Egypt are both on my list of places to get around to.