Travels


In 2007 I made it my goal to visit one new country each year for the rest of my life. That was working until 2021. While I managed to sneak in Ethiopia just before the pandemic in 2020, I did not make it to any new countries in 2021.  I also didn't go anywhere new in 2017, just because...

In 2024 I plan to revisit Asia (Japan, South Koream and Taiwan) instead of going anywhere new (unless business travel takes me there). 

To catch up, I created a goal of traveling to 50 countries by the time I am 50 years old. (I hit 30 by 30, but 40 by 40 doesn't seem likely now with a 5-year old kid), but 50 by 50 does!



Countries I've Visited


NumberCountryCities/States
1USAWA, OR, CA, NV, UT, AZ, NM, CO, KS, OK, TX, AR, MO, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL, IL, MN, PA, NY, MA, HI, TN
2GreeceAthens, Ikaria
3JapanTokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Ehime, Yamaguchi, Shimane, Okayama, Tottori, Chiba, Kanagawa, Ibaraki, Hokkaido
4Hong KongHong Kong
5South KoreaSeoul
6Czech RepublicPrague
7GermanyBerlin, Munich
8EnglandLondon
9CanadaVancouver, Montreal
10MexicoPuerto Vallarta, Guanajuato
11Iceland Reykjavik
12NorwayOslo
13SwedenStockholm
14DenmarkCopenhagen
15FinlandHelsinki
16TaiwanTaipei, Urai
17UAEDubai
18QatarDoha
19PakistanKarachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Islamabad
20IndonesiaBali
21SingaporeSingapore
22MalaysiaJahor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Mulu, Kuching, Penang
23ThailandHua Hin, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai
24MyanmarYangon, Mandalay, Bagan
25LaosLuang Prabang, Vientiane
26VietnamHanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Danang, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Saigon
27CambodiaPhnom Penh, Siem Reap
28NetherlandsAmsterdam, Haarlem
           29Portugal                  Lisbon, Porto                                                                             
30EthiopiaAddis Ababa
          31Ireland                      Dublin, Belfast                                                                             
32The GambiaBanjul, Upper River Region




Timeline Breakdown
YearCountry
1987USA
1989Greece
2001Greece (2nd)
2002Japan
2005Japan (2nd)
2006Japan (3rd)Japan (4th)
2007Hong KongSouth KoreaJapan (5th)
2008Czech RepublicGermanyEnglandJapan (6th)
2009CanadaJapan (7th)
2010MexicoJapan (8th)
2011IcelandNorwaySwedenDenmarkFinland
2012TaiwanJapan (9th)
2013UAEQatarPakistanTaiwan (2nd)Japan (10th)
2014Japan (cont)South Korea (2nd) IndonesiaSingaporeMalaysiaThailandMyanmarLaosVietnam
2015Vietnam (cont)CambodiaThailand (2nd)
2016Greece    (3rd)NetherlandsIceland (2nd)
2017 Japan (11th)Mexico (2nd)                     
2018 Mexico (3rd)Portugal         Taiwan (3rd)
2020 Ethiopia (3rd)                                         
2022 Ireland                                                    
2023 Mexico (4th) The Gambia                       
2024 Canada        Japan (12th                        
Taiwan (4th)
              


What's next? 

India, China, Mongolia, and Greenland! 

The Gambia: Photo Diaries from the City

Although I flew into Banjul, I spent very little time there. Most of my time 'in the city' was actually spent in Banjul's sprawl...