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advocate13 Nov 2023 7:49 a.m. PST

On the back of the 'battlefields' question, how many countries have you visited? For the sake of clarity, 'visiting' means spending the night there at least, outside the airport! I'm not going to count Lichtenstein, Luxembourg or Qatar on my list).

Think I can reach 21+, but not much more.

JimDuncanUK13 Nov 2023 8:12 a.m. PST


14Bore13 Nov 2023 8:33 a.m. PST

4 and as said on other thread that's sad as love to travel.
Now states been to more than half

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2023 9:06 a.m. PST

Three meet your definition. I've been to Mexico for about an hour and flown over a number of other countries without landing, sometimes without even seeing them (Britain was covered with clouds).


Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2023 9:18 a.m. PST

21+ (specifically, 53)

All but Canada and Mexico courtesy of the United States Marine Corps ;)


Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2023 9:29 a.m. PST


specifically 21….

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2023 9:38 a.m. PST

3 ( unless you consider Wales and Scotland as separate, then 5).

Martin Rapier13 Nov 2023 9:39 a.m. PST

39 I reckon. If you live in Europe it is easy to rack up loads of countries. Does Yugoslavia count? (it was a loong time ago).

Titchmonster13 Nov 2023 9:52 a.m. PST


Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian13 Nov 2023 10:10 a.m. PST


Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2023 10:15 a.m. PST


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2023 10:16 a.m. PST

8, more or less. (Iffy about some nights, nations keep dissolving on me, and that's not even considering the whole "the past is another country" business.)

14bore, will contemplating the hair on a Korean hamburger lessen your sadness?

Personal logo McKinstry Supporting Member of TMP Fezian13 Nov 2023 10:21 a.m. PST


Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Nov 2023 10:27 a.m. PST

Well, let's see.

The UK, Guernsey, Ukraine, and St. Lucia.

I would also count Texas, but only Texans would agree with that one.


nickinsomerset13 Nov 2023 10:51 a.m. PST


Tally Ho!

Andrew Walters13 Nov 2023 10:52 a.m. PST

Hmmm, visited != lived there. I lived in the Netherlands, but I have never visited there.

I think I have lived in two countries, visited four, stopovers in three more. That's pretty weak, come to look at it.

I would love to see this poll.

I wonder if it would be interesting to see it broken out by stopovers vs military service-related visits vs tourist visits vs lived there.

jdpintex13 Nov 2023 11:03 a.m. PST


Mollinary13 Nov 2023 11:04 a.m. PST


FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2023 11:40 a.m. PST

I'm going with 27. I'm counting Hong Kong under British rule as separate from China.

bobspruster13 Nov 2023 11:46 a.m. PST

Does Liechtenstein count? 9, if it does.

Bob the Temple Builder13 Nov 2023 11:46 a.m. PST

36: 28 in Europe, 1 in Asia, 1 in Africa, and 6 in North America and the Caribbean

Personal logo Mister Tibbles Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2023 12:07 p.m. PST


Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2023 12:22 p.m. PST

Czech Republic

So 20.

I intend to up that by 2 next year and much higher once I hit retirement age.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2023 12:24 p.m. PST

5-ish. Depends on who was making what claim about one of the "countries" as to whether it was an independent country or not at the time. Which matter still isn't clear, so to avoid politics I won't name the place. (No, not part of the UK or anything in Europe at all. I only had a layover in England the one time.)

rustymusket13 Nov 2023 12:50 p.m. PST

I have been in Canada once. Hawaii, depending who you speak with about ownership.

The Last Conformist13 Nov 2023 1:37 p.m. PST

The spending the night criterion excludes a few countries I normally claim to have visited (no, I didn't merely change flights there). But by that criterion, about fifteen.

forrester13 Nov 2023 1:42 p.m. PST

France several times
Belguim once
Turkey once

Not exactly a Marco Polo

Mollinary13 Nov 2023 1:49 p.m. PST

Tgerritsen, UK, Scotland and Wales are the same country!

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2023 2:16 p.m. PST

Ah. Didn't see "spend the night."

That lowers things. Some of the places I went, I wouldn't want to spend the night (and didn't).

3 (assuming being aboard a ship (or boat) in its national waters overnight is considered "spending the night in a country")

377CSG Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2023 2:49 p.m. PST


Cattle Dog13 Nov 2023 3:28 p.m. PST


The Nigerian Lead Minister13 Nov 2023 3:44 p.m. PST

18. Tho Switzerland was just an airport stop.

Personal logo Dal Gavan Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2023 3:53 p.m. PST

14. 16 if you consider Wales and Scotland as separate countries to England (which they do). Most (eight- or 10 incl Wales and Scotland) were done on my "grand tour" in 2019. The others were work related.

OSCS7413 Nov 2023 6:15 p.m. PST

34 (1974 to 2003 USN)
Most visited Spain and Italy over 20 times apiece.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2023 7:58 p.m. PST

Spent the night alone or with company?

14, I think.

Changed planes in quite few others, but they don't count.

Wait, should I count the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic and the Russian Federation as two or just one?

David Manley13 Nov 2023 8:07 p.m. PST


Mad Anthony Jones13 Nov 2023 8:31 p.m. PST


Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2023 8:41 p.m. PST


Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2023 9:49 p.m. PST


Most of the locals there would dispute that. ;p

Milgame13 Nov 2023 11:49 p.m. PST

I'm closing in on 70 countries

Dagwood13 Nov 2023 11:49 p.m. PST


Martin Rapier13 Nov 2023 11:54 p.m. PST

Oops, I forgot Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. 42.

RittervonBek14 Nov 2023 1:03 a.m. PST

Eight plus three day time visits.

Having spent time in the USSR as was could I now claim more countries since Ukraine and Russia are sovereign states?

machinehead Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2023 2:51 a.m. PST

4 – US, Canada, France and Germany, Lived in Germany for 4 years.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2023 5:05 a.m. PST

21 plus – more if you consider Scotland different from England

skedaddle Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2023 8:27 a.m. PST


Vallerotonda Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2023 11:17 a.m. PST

56 including the Vatican

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2023 1:38 p.m. PST


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Nov 2023 3:47 p.m. PST

21+ (30+, the specifics depending on how you count visiting places that are different countries now than they were when you visited), but alas, only six continents. DOM has sworn to visit Africa before I visit Antarctica.

Another 12 if you count participating in multinational naval operations with a country in their or someone else's territorial waters. That is, in fact, over night and outside the airport… ;) … and interacting in a substantive way with the local populace.

pmwalt14 Nov 2023 5:23 p.m. PST

21+. I think it was over 50 last time I counted. Did a lot of travelling in my younger days.

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