Top 10 Brag-Worthy Passport Stamps

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For intrepid travelers, passport stamps aren’t mere bureaucratic formalities—they’re badges of honor. We collect passport stamps like some people collect shot glasses, and the more unusual the location the better. Here are the top 10 brag-worthy passport stamps to put on your bucket list.

By Katherine Martinelli

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Akhzivland

If you're into quirky passport stamps that really tell a story, then Akhzivland is a must. Located on the northern Mediterranean coast of Israel, Akhzivland is a micro-nation founded in 1970 by Eli Avivi. The 2.5-acre self-declared state has a population of two, but hosts visitors and has its own passport stamp.

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Antarctica

The southernmost continent's stamp is the most challenging one to get to since visiting requires working at a scientific station (less likely) or booking a private expedition cruise tour (more likely). All this (not to mention the exquisite glacial landscape) makes Antarctica's cute penguin stamp all the more coveted.

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Burma

Long closed off to tourism, Burma has finally opened the gates (somewhat) to visitors. And that makes a stamp from this country a particularly brag-worthy one since you'll be one of a very small number of people who have it. It's recommended that you visit Burma (or Myanmar) with a tour provider, like Asia Transpacific Journeys.

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Easter Island

Famous for its monumental statues, Polynesian Easter Island (known locally as Rapa Nui) is one of the most remote islands on earth. Although it is a special territory of Chile, you can get a special souvenir Easter Island passport stamp at the post office.

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Galapagos Islands

Made famous by Charles Darwin, the Galapagos is an archipelago of volcanic islands that is at the top of many a travel bucket list. From the incredible variety of flora and fauna to the diversity of animals, it's an incredible place for nature lovers. Part of Ecuador, they also offer a souvenir passport stamp decorated with a sea turtle and a hammerhead shark.

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Greenland

An autonomous country within Denmark, Greenland is technically part of North America but is in practice European (though it is not part of the EU). Its quirky political and geographic status is what gives this passport stamp bragging rights—not to mention its glorious glaciers and bracingly clean air.

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Machu Picchu

This ancient Incan site may technically be part of Peru, but it's a world all its own. Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, gets more than 400,000 visitors each year, making it far and away the biggest tourist attraction in the country. Hike the Inca trail up to the site and get a souvenir passport stamp along the way to commemorate the adventure. You can also get a souvenir passport stamp for climbing Huayna Picchu, the mountain just adjacent to the main structures of Machu Picchu. The view from the top is unparalleled.

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Mongolia

Landlocked between Russia and China, Mongolia is one of the largest, most sparsely populated countries in the world, 30% of the population remains nomadic. Only the most intrepid travelers tend to make it to Mongolia (the country gets just more than 450,000 visitors each year compared with, say, France's 80 million), which is what makes a passport stamp from this Asian country so covetable.

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Republic of San Marino

While exotic and unusual locales make for great passport stamps, sometimes it's the quirky facts that make a stamp brag-worthy. Get one from the Republic of San Marino, nestled in central Italy, and boast that you've been to the world's oldest, smallest republic.

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Ushuaia

Situated in Argentina, Ushuaia is the Southernmost city in the world and a place of breathtaking natural beauty. Commemorate your visit to "el fin del mundo"—the end of the world, as its affectionately known—with a souvenir passport stamp from the tourist information office. It's free of charge and visitors have a choice between six stamp designs.

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Bonus: Cuba

Okay, well, it's technically not a passport stamp. But being able to tell tales of visiting Cuba garners all the bragging rights of any of these other stamps in our book. Newly relaxed restrictions for Americans mean more chances to go, just make sure you book with a tour provider who will help iron out any and all travel details.

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