You need 17 years to travel the world

Can I see everything?

Is it possible for a human being to see every place on earth in life? No. Even if you would spend each day of your 100 years of life in a new place? I wish it was, but even then it would not be possible to see everything. So what about the dream to see and get to know the world. How to set a countable goal that? What to put on your bucket list? These are questions I kept asking myself recently and you know what I came to? Actually there’s another challenge – similarly exciting – and that is to see all of the world’s 206 countries.

Considering that you would visit one country every month with no breaks you would need 17 years and 2 months to see everything. That’s much more realistic, isn’t it?

Here’s the wikipedia list of all the countries in the world.

Look at it ⬆️⬆️⬆️ and see if you know all the names!

Challenge accepted?

I’m not starting from square one though. So far in my life I have been to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America and Vatican City. That’s 27 countries. Many of them visited more than once. In 5 of them I lived for a few months or longer (Poland, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Indonesia). I don’t count numerous visits to countries like Qatar or Finland that were only transit flight stop over visits on airports. It is quite a number and I’m already quite happy with how much I travel, but 27 is not even close to 206. I still have 179 countries to go to! That means at least a 100 trips to plan and budget. And considering the average of 2 days per country that’s 358 days.

In spite of all, 15 years to see every country in the world seems doable. But it will never be 15 years. Who can visit a new country each month continuously for 15 years? For sure not me. Not with my work related and family obligations. I think 20 years is more realistic to have as a plan. But that’s still feasible. Just think about all the experiences, all the fun and all the new people that one can meet on such journeys. How can I possibly resist?

So.. I have 179 countries left to visit in the next 20 years! Challenge accepted. Stay tuned.

What’s even more exciting there are many examples of travelers who already did it. Here’s a small reading list:

British man becomes first person to visit all 201 countries… WITHOUT using a plane

Irishman Johnny Ward visits ‘every country in the world’