The FIRST Family to Visit Every Country in the World!!

Do you have a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal)?

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We certainly have a BHAG: Our big goal is to be The FIRST Family to visit every single country in the world!! I personally have been to 72 countries on 6 continents at the time of writing this blog post and I will hit 75+ in the next few months! Our family goal is to first visit all the countries that neither Anne nor I nor the kids have been to and then once my wife, myself, and 3 kids have been to all of these new countries, we’ll visit the countries I visited alone before I got married and had children. We’re currently working on getting sponsors for this massive family goal we have!!

On this current #DaddyBloggerWorldTour, we have already been to over 15 countries on 4 continents since leaving our hometown of Vancouver, BC, Canada on Dec 6, 2016. My son Renzo has already visited 4 continents before his first birthday. How many 1 year old babies can say they have been to 4 continents?

Here’s how I managed to already see 72 countries on 6 continents:

1) North America – I’ve been to Canada (5 provinces; BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario), the United States (over 10 states; Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Tennessee, New York, Connecticut, & Florida as well as our honeymoon cruise to Alaska), and Mexico (only the Baja Strip)

2) South America – we are currently focused on visiting every country on this continent (so far we have been to Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, French Guiana, Suriname, and Guyana, Colombia, Venezuela Ecuador, and  Peru and heading to Bolivia, Chile, and Uruguay soon). By December of 2017, we will have visited all 13 countries in South America!

3) Europe – this was my first major overseas trip. I lived for 6 months in London, England and then spent 4 months traveling around Western Europe visiting England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Ireland, France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, The Vatican, Greece, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Luxembourg, and Belgium

4) Asia – after University, I set up base in Tokyo, Japan then travelled to Korea, China, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, East Timor, and the Philippines (I’ve returned to my wife’s homeland twice since we got married including in 2013 and 2016)

5) Australia – I lived in Sydney, Australia for 3 years doing a Working Holiday Visa and then studied at Hillsong Bible College plus I travelled to every state in the country/continent plus the 3 major islands in New Zealand

6) Africa – I visited Egypt way back in the summer of 1999 and I recently got to return to this amazing continent when our family spent 2 months in South Africa in January and February 2017.

7) Antartica – we have yet to visit this continent; however, we might visit this trip since there are cruises from southern Argentina where we are heading to at the end of the year! 🙂

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The only continent still to go is Antartica and the major regions I still need to travel to include:

1) Central America – we’ll be doing the 8 countries in early 2017 starting at Panama and traveling overland to Mexico passing through Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize.

2) The Middle East – I’ve done Turkey to Egypt overland passing through Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel as well as visited Dubai, UAE this trip; countries in the middle east still to go include Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. I find Middle Eastern people some of the most hospitable in the world so looking forward to exploring this region in much more depth and detail!

3) Eastern Europe
 – during my big European backpacking adventure, I was focused mainly on Western Europe so the only countries I visited in Eastern Europe were Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia, the big country still to go is Russia as well as the former USSR (all the “Stan” countries), the former Yugoslavia, the Baltic States, and some other major Eastern European countries such as Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, etc.

4) Random Countries in Asia
– even though I did a massive trip from Japan to East Timor, I ended up missing a few countries including Pakistan, Bhutan, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, and Taiwan (which some people still claim in a country!)

5) Most of Africa
 – I’ve only been to Egypt and South Africa, 52 countries yet to visit on this massive continent. This will be the next continent we will attempt to conquer traveling overland from Cairo to Cape Town down the East Coast and then heading up the West Coast! Western Africa is definitely much harder to visit because of visas and the political situation in many countries in this region!

6) Caribbean Islands
 – I’ve been to Aruba and Trinidad & Tobago already but still have the Bahamas, Jamaica, Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti, Anguilla, Grenada, Dominica, Guadeloupe, British Virgin Island (BVI), Turks and Caicos, and several other island-countries still to go! I think we’ll have do a big cruise to cover all of these countries!

7) South Pacific Islands –
we still need to visit Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, etc

8) Other Islands – there are some random islands we are aiming to visit including The Maldives, The Seychelles, Tahiti, and Bora Bora.

#DaddyBloggerWorldTour
For those who loves facts and figures, here’s how different organizations define how many countries there are in the world:

And what is it like to travel to every country in the world?  Ask these guys at Counting Countries (thanks to Ric Gazarian, the host of this awesome podcast for inspiring me to be the first family to visit every country in the world)!

Here’s a list of all 193 countries:

Afghanistan – Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
 Albania – Republic of Albania
 Algeria – People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
 Andorra – Principality of Andorra
 Angola – Republic of Angola
 Antigua and Barbuda
 Argentina – Argentine Republic
 Armenia – Republic of Armenia
 Australia – Commonwealth of Australia
 Austria – Republic of Austria
 Azerbaijan – Republic of Azerbaijan (Nagorno-Karabakh)
 Bahamas, The – Commonwealth of the Bahamas
 Bahrain – Kingdom of Bahrain
 Bangladesh – People’s Republic of Bangladesh
 Barbados
 Belarus – Republic of Belarus
 Belgium – Kingdom of Belgium
 Belize
 Benin – Republic of Benin
 Bhutan – Kingdom of Bhutan
 Bolivia – Plurinational State of Bolivia
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Botswana – Republic of Botswana
 Brazil – Federative Republic of Brazil
 Brunei – Brunei Darussalam
 Bulgaria – Republic of Bulgaria
 Burkina Faso
 Burma – Republic of the Union of Myanmar
 Burundi – Republic of Burundi
 Cambodia – Kingdom of Cambodia
 Cameroon – Republic of Cameroon
 Canada
 Cape Verde – Republic of Cabo Verde
 Central African Republic
 Chad – Republic of Chad
 Chile – Republic of Chile
China
 Colombia – Republic of Colombia
 Comoros – Union of the Comoros
 Congo, Democratic Republic of the
 Congo, Republic of the
 Costa Rica – Republic of Costa Rica
 Croatia – Republic of Croatia
 Cuba – Republic of Cuba
 Cyprus – Republic of Cyprus
 Czech Republic
 Denmark – Kingdom of Denmark
 Djibouti – Republic of Djibouti
 Dominica – Commonwealth of Dominica
 Dominican Republic
 East Timor – Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
 Ecuador – Republic of Ecuador
 Egypt – Arab Republic of Egypt
 El Salvador – Republic of El Salvador
 Equatorial Guinea – Republic of Equatorial Guinea
 Eritrea – State of Eritrea
 Estonia – Republic of Estonia
 Ethiopia – Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
 Fiji – Republic of Fiji
 Finland – Republic of Finland
 France – French Republic
 Gabon – Gabonese Republic
Gambia  – Republic of the Gambia
 Georgia
 Germany – Federal Republic of Germany
 Ghana – Republic of Ghana
 Greece – Hellenic Republic
 Grenada
 Guatemala – Republic of Guatemala
 Guinea – Republic of Guinea
 Guinea-Bissau – Republic of Guinea-Bissau
 Guyana – Co-operative Republic of Guyana
 Haiti – Republic of Haiti
 Honduras – Republic of Honduras
 Hungary
 Iceland – Republic of Iceland
 India – Republic of India
 Indonesia – Republic of Indonesia
 Iran – Islamic Republic of Iran
 Iraq – Republic of Iraq
 Ireland
 Israel – State of Israel
 Italy – Italian Republic
 Ivory Coast – Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
 Jamaica
 Japan
 Jordan – Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
 Kazakhstan – Republic of Kazakhstan
 Kenya – Republic of Kenya
 Kiribati – Republic of Kiribati
 Korea, North – Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
 Korea, South – Republic of Korea
 Kuwait – State of Kuwait
 Kyrgyzstan – Kyrgyz Republic
 Laos – Lao People’s Democratic Republic
 Latvia – Republic of Latvia
 Lebanon – Lebanese Republic
 Lesotho – Kingdom of Lesotho
 Liberia – Republic of Liberia
 Libya – State of Libya
 Liechtenstein – Principality of Liechtenstein
 Lithuania – Republic of Lithuania
 Luxembourg – Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
 Macedonia – Republic of Macedonia
 Madagascar – Republic of Madagascar
 Malawi – Republic of Malawi
 Malaysia
 Maldives – Republic of Maldives
 Mali – Republic of Mali
 Malta – Republic of Malta
 Marshall Islands – Republic of the Marshall Islands
 Mauritania – Islamic Republic of Mauritania
 Mauritius – Republic of Mauritius
 Mexico – United Mexican States
 Micronesia, Federated States of
 Moldova – Republic of Moldova
 Monaco – Principality of Monaco
 Mongolia
 Montenegro
 Morocco – Kingdom of Morocco
 Mozambique – Republic of Mozambique
 Namibia – Republic of Namibia
 Nauru – Republic of Nauru
Nepal – Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
 Netherlands – Kingdom of the Netherlands
 New Zealand
 Nicaragua – Republic of Nicaragua
 Niger – Republic of Niger
 Nigeria – Federal Republic of Nigeria
 Norway – Kingdom of Norway
 Oman – Sultanate of Oman
 Pakistan – Islamic Republic of Pakistan
 Palau – Republic of Palau
Panama
 Papua New Guinea – Independent State of Papua New Guinea
 Paraguay – Republic of Paraguay
 Peru – Republic of Peru
 Philippines – Republic of the Philippines
 Poland – Republic of Poland
 Portugal – Portuguese Republic
 Qatar – State of Qatar
 Romania
 Russia – Russian Federation
 Rwanda – Republic of Rwanda
 Saint Kitts and Nevis – Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis
 Saint Lucia
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
 Samoa – Independent State of Samoa
 San Marino – Republic of San Marino
 São Tomé and Príncipe – Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe
 Saudi Arabia – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
 Senegal – Republic of Senegal
 Serbia – Republic of Serbia
 Seychelles – Republic of Seychelles
 Sierra Leone – Republic of Sierra Leone
 Singapore – Republic of Singapore
 Slovakia – Slovak Republic
 Slovenia – Republic of Slovenia
 Solomon Islands
 Somalia – Federal Republic of Somalia (Somaliland)
 South Africa – Republic of South Africa
 South Sudan – Republic of South Sudan
 Spain – Kingdom of Spain
 Sri Lanka – Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
 Sudan – Republic of the Sudan
 Suriname – Republic of Suriname
 Swaziland – Kingdom of Swaziland
 Sweden – Kingdom of Sweden
  Switzerland – Swiss Confederation
 Syria – Syrian Arab Republic
 Tajikistan – Republic of Tajikistan
 Tanzania – United Republic of Tanzania
 Thailand – Kingdom of Thailand
 Togo – Togolese Republic
 Tonga – Kingdom of Tonga
 Trinidad and Tobago – Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
 Tunisia – Republic of Tunisia
 Turkey – Republic of Turkey
 Turkmenistan
 Tuvalu
 Uganda – Republic of Uganda
 Ukraine
 United Arab Emirates
 United Kingdom – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 United States – United States of America
 Uruguay – Oriental Republic of Uruguay
 Uzbekistan – Republic of Uzbekistan
 Vanuatu – Republic of Vanuatu
 Venezuela – Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
 Vietnam – Socialist Republic of Vietnam
 Yemen – Republic of Yemen
 Zambia – Republic of Zambia
Zimbabwe – Republic of Zimbabwe

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