All of this is meant to be a guide to traveling even while working full-time with only 2-4 weeks off per year. Be it by taking advantage of being in school, long weekends, short trips that don’t require much time off, etc. I hope to catalog the time you should spend in various cities/countries, fun things to do, and my own personal experiences along the way.
I began this blog when I started my first job while working in the Congo, and I simply wrote about what life was like in one of the least traveled and most misunderstood parts of the world. What it has morphed into is a quest to see every country there is. To answer your pending question of, “why on earth would you do that, what if you find a place you just love?” I will say that before going to the Congo, people told me how dangerous, undeveloped, and how terrible it was would be to live there, and yet it turned into the best decision I have ever made.
As a result, I decided that I should attempt to see every country, because even the most “dangerous” of places have something to impart upon those who go there. However, unlike many travelers, I cannot drop everything on a whim and go (which I do find very admirable and recommend it for those who are itching to do so). Therefore, many of my trips since Congo have been short, fast, and to the point. Also, I was fortunate to have traveled a lot with my family throughout Europe (20 countries in total), and so I skipped those countries in this blog, as those were stories for my family and I to tell together. At a later date I hope to add my late mother’s own blog posts into my archive for people to see as well.
This will all eventually be coalesced into a book for people to guide them for their own travels. I’ve included country level of difficulty ratings which range from 1 – most basic and easy to traverse, to 10 – too dangerous to recommend at all. In the book I’ll include various funny stories, life tips to position you into seeing more, etc., but for now, it is just a sort of overview for each country I’ve been to.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy some of my experiences. At the very least, I hope you like some of the pictures.
The list below in relatively accurate chronological order:
1. United States 2. England 3. France 4. Belgium 5. Luxembourg 6. The Netherlands 7. Denmark 8. Sweden 9. Germany 10. Czech Republic 11. Slovakia 12. Hungary 13. Austria 14. Switzerland 15. Liechtenstein 16.Italy 17. San Marino 18. Vatican City 19. Monaco 20. Spain 21. Morocco 22. Mexico 23. Costa Rica 24. The United Arab Emirates 25. Uganda 26. The Democratic Republic of the Congo 27. Kenya 28. Rwanda 29. Ethiopia 30. Turkey 31. Egypt 32. Canada 33. Croatia 34. South Africa 35. Belize 36. Guatemala 37. Dominican Republic 38. Chile 39. Bahamas 40. Panama 41. Colombia 42. India 43. Qatar 44. St. Kitts and Nevis 45. Indonesia 46. Philippines 47. Vietnam 48. Cambodia 49. Laos 50. Thailand 51. Malaysia 52. Brunei 53. Singapore 54. Kurdistan (Iraq) 55. Greece