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Mar 9th, 2004, 07:14 PM
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I missed this first time round... I can't stop myself because I'm in a very geeky competition with my brother about how many countries(yes I know it's trite!) I'm in the 40's but he has blown me out of the water as he's in the 60's!I need to travel alot more!

Lots of Europe including Russia, Austria, Czech Rep. Malta, Cyprus and all the usual suspects! Kavey I really want to visit Tallin. I'm very jealous!

Indonesia and Singapore...still have SO much to see in Asia.

Egypt, Armenia and Iran in the Middle East

Most of Central America as well as Mexico, Peru and Bolivia

AFRICA: Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Namibia where I've lived...Malawi Mozambique, SA, Senegal, Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania, Mali, Botswana.

What interests me about the question of "other destinations" are the other destinations in Africa and how often Africa is seen as a mainly wildlife destination when there's so much more to see. West Africa is incredible and Francophone Arica is so different to the Sub saharan destinations in southern africa.

I say go to more destinations within Africa, as well as more elsewhere!
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Mar 10th, 2004, 06:47 AM
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I'm about to turn 40 next week (going to Jamaica with my girlfriend) and I've been to 87 countries, not counting upcoming trip to Jamaica.

Antigua
Argentina
Australia -- climbed Ayer's Rock
Austria
Bahamas
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bolivia -- great bike ride down world's most dangerous road
Botswana
Brazil
Cambodia
Canada
Chile
China
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic -- alas only on business to Santo Domingo, not to beaches
Ecuador -- Quito and Galapagos
Egypt
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Ghana
Gibraltar
Greece
Guatemala
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia -- including Komodo Island
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Japan
Kenya
Latvia
Lithuania
Macao
Malawi
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Monaco
Morocco
Mozambique -- only Maputo for a day
Namibia -- Etosha and Sossosvlei
Nepal -- Khatmandu and Royal Chitwan
Netherlands
Northern Ireland
Palestinian Territories
Panama
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Russua
Rwanda -- gorillas in PNV
Saudi Arabia -- business trip to Rhiyad with extension to dive Red Sea near Jeddah
Singapore -- too many times to visit this boring shopping mall
Slovenia
South Africa -- Kruger and cage diving with white sharks near Gansbaai
South Korea
Spain
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Turkey
Uganda -- gorillas in Bwindi
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Zambia
Zimbabwe
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Mar 10th, 2004, 08:14 AM
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To thit_cho:

You need to get out more.

I'm going to Bakersfield over the weekend.
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Mar 10th, 2004, 09:34 AM
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I just wanted to see what the list looked like typed out -- previously I had been highlighting countries in the index to an atlas. I'd say at least half of the countries were visited on business trips by either having business in a country or visiting a country before and after a business trip. I've been able to visit lots of countries that way, for example, stopping in Iceland for a few days after a European biz trip, or stopping in Taiwan for a few days after biz trip to Hong Kong.
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Mar 10th, 2004, 10:35 AM
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thit_cho:

Don't get me wrong. I'm utterly envious. By the way, where's Gansbaai?
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Mar 10th, 2004, 10:50 AM
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Gansbaai is about 1-1/2 hours east of Cape Town, and is the departure point for cage diving near Dyer Island. I have traveled twice to Cape Town specifically to dive with the white sharks, the first time being disappointing since the sharks didn't stay around long enough for us to get the cage into the water, but on my last visit (August 2002) I was able to spend 20 minutes or so in the cage and saw sharks from the cage as well as from the boat. I went with White Shark Ecoventures on my second trip, and I intend to use them again when I revisit, hopefully in a couple of years.
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Mar 10th, 2004, 03:05 PM
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Been to Malaysia & Thailand a few times, India 5 times as well as Cuba, Sri Lanka, Barbados, Morocco and much of Europe (the best being Dubrovnik in Croatia). We've fallen in love with African safaris and have been to Kenya and Tanzania in the last 18 months, and are off to Botswana in June. We are now obsessed by wildlife viewing and I think the next few holidays will be to Southern Africa. However the most amazing animal experience so far was seeing a tiger at Ranthambore in India. The atmosphere in the surrounding park was electric as this huge arrogant creature walked along not 30 yards from us. I love African safaris but I haven't yet experienced the intense spine-tingling reaction that this created. You should definitely put it on your list as a must do experience.
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Mar 10th, 2004, 03:15 PM
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Steveboy,

I agree about Thit Cho needing to get out more!

I think I am only at about 18 countries so far, but I am trying to add a couple new countries per year, although I am failing to add a single country this year, instead returning to Italy for a third go-round and Zambia for a second go-round.

Hopefully next year I will get to India and Botswana, even if only for 10 or 11 nights each. I don't think I'll ever reach 87 countries, but I would like to get to 40 by the time I am 40. Once I visit Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, I should be able to click off quite a few at once.

Thit Cho...have fun in Jamaica and best of luck on your way to 100+ countries which I am sure is not far off!
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Mar 11th, 2004, 01:23 AM
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I bought a world map and have it on a soft board in our study. I then have different colour pins - yellow pins for countries Pete and I have visited together, purple pins for ones I have visited but he hasn't and pins with orange flags on the end for destinations we're booked to visit in the future!



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Mar 11th, 2004, 03:29 AM
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Kavey -

You are so organized, amazing! I love it. And I thought I was the Queen of organization - no, you get the title. Good for you.
 
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Mar 11th, 2004, 03:45 AM
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Darling if only I could have you visit my home and then you'd see that you couldn't be further from the truth.

Well...

Actually I suppose it depends on which area of my life one is referring to. I'm very organised and detailed in my professional life - I veer towards perfectionist and certainly don't agree with the approach of some of my colleagues who are happy to "wing it".

And when it comes to travel... you know I verge on the brink of being an obsessive-compulsive personality! I do like to research and I love to think travel, talk travel, do travel... I adore maps visually anyway and I have wanted to do this for so long... it was about a year ago that I finally bought the map and the pins and put it up in the study where I'm sitting right now!
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Mar 11th, 2004, 03:45 AM
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It's best not to discuss my house and tidiness though.... I'm definitely not organised there...
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Mar 11th, 2004, 11:37 AM
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I'm just home from a week in Florida, with a couple of days in the Everglades. What a wondrous place that is! How glad I am that the opportunity arose to go there. And we saw alligators and herons and anhingas by the dozens, and explored the different habitats within the Everglades. We loved it.

And I love western Europe, especially the romance-language speaking countries, and hope to go again to France this year, or next year at the latest, with returns to Spain and Italy as soon as possible after that.

But Africa has a special pull for Jim and me. All of us who've spent time there know that urge -- to see every movie shot in Africa, no matter how bad the plot; to read everyone's good or bad book about his life in Africa; to watch even the reruns of all the Africa shows on Animal Planet; but most of all, to go back again one more time!
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Mar 11th, 2004, 09:24 PM
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Here's my list:
Botswana
Zimbabwe
Namibia
Zambia
South Africa
S. Korea
Cambodia
Thailand
Costa Rica

The boring ones:
Spain
Italy
Switzerland
Greece
Germany
UK
Ireland
Mexico
Canada
US

Anywhere in Africa is our favorite and Cambodia takes a second place slot.

My next trip may take us to:
Bhutan
Mongolia
Uganda
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