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11. Posted by Kwoa (Budding Member 12 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I used to count countries I visited.. I even used to record all the plane flight I took because it was so amazing for me to take plane at a time my parents never took one. Now I no longer keep a list, I let systems do it for me :).
Counting countries used to have a meaning for me, to show places I've been, like a checklist, so that I could say: I've been there, seen that. And then China happened... Two issues:
1. Despite being 1 country, the place is very big, with great differences between province, and every time I travel back in Europe and hear people talking about China because they've been to Beijing and Xi'An, a little part of me die inside. It makes me I realize that most people have a very truncated view of the country. And that made me rethink that country list I kept for myself.
2. The place evolve very fast. I live in Shanghai now (third time in the last 20 years), and the place is changing so rapidly, that it basically isn't the same place anymore. Not only building and landscape changed, but people and culture intrinsically changed drastically too (not necessarily for the best).
So saying "I've visited Beijing in 1998", despite being counted as 1 country, does not really meant anything to me anymore, so I stopped really paying attention to country counts...
(Side note, Taiwan, China, Hong-Kong, Macao, 1 country?, ok that's a troll)

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13. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2460 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Kwoa

1. Despite being 1 country, the place is very big, with great differences between province

I think that could be said of many countries. London has very little similarity to the part of Derbyshire where I live. So yes there is only so much that ticking off a country in a visit is going to give you; that's clearly a limitation of country counting.

14. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1377 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Quoting Kwoa

1. Despite being 1 country, the place is very big, with great differences between province

I think that could be said of many countries. London has very little similarity to the part of Derbyshire where I live. So yes there is only so much that ticking off a country in a visit is going to give you; that's clearly a limitation of country counting.

Following on from this, I think there's a risk that if you obsess about ticking off a large number of countries you are more reluctant to return to one already visited (because it doesn't add to your tally) and in so doing you miss a lot. If you once went to New York do you then shy away from visiting the Grand Canyon or Yosemite? If you've been to Goa do you ignore the delights of Rajasthan? And so on ...

15. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5774 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Regarding lists to use, I generally like the Wikipedia lists about independent countries, dependent (overseas) territories and disputed areas as well.

independent states

dependent territories

As you can see, on Cyprus there is even the Akrotiri and Dhekelia area, apart from Cyprus and Northern Cyprus...;)

16. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1748 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

I would agree with previous posters that counting countries doesn't always give an acurate picture if your travels. While technically I can say I have been to Finland the fact is I have only visited one city and a tiny town. This is why I prefer to map out my travel routes. It lets me see how much of a place I have covered and how much there is still to discover. It is a more accurate view of where I have been rather than listing the countries I have visited;).

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Jul-2020, 15:55 GMT by Teoni ]

17. Posted by PHOTOBOB (Budding Member 71 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

I had a neighbour in Cornwall aged about 60. He visited England once and came back the same day. He didn't like it.

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19. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5774 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting PHOTOBOB

I had a neighbour in Cornwall aged about 60. He visited England once and came back the same day. He didn't like it.

Not sure how this post is ment, but Cornwall is England

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Jul-2020, 09:30 GMT by Utrecht ]

20. Posted by PHOTOBOB (Budding Member 71 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Cornwall is a separate country in many peoples minds. We even have our own independence party with a couple of elected councilors.