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Chasing 50 Countries & Experiences in 5 Years

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Chasing 50 Countries & Experiences

I’ve been reading a lot of books, articles and listening to podcasts about people who have visited all 193 United Nations-recognized countries in the world.  This list consists of maybe 100 people.  More than half of this list consist of countries I’ve never even heard of.  I’m in awe of these people and their determination.  Some countries are difficult to get to and hard to obtain a visa to get in no matter your country of origin.  Very few of the 100 are women.  Although I’m fascinated by their quest, I’m only chasing 50.  For now anyway.  I see the list growing and changing the more I travel.

I updated my list also to include regular things I want to do and never found the time.   I chose five years because that is how long my survivorship plan is given to me by my oncologist.  The first two years after treatment ended I have to see the oncologist every three months.  After that, the visits are every six months for the three remaining years.  The doctors have their survivorship plan, and this is mine.

I will be visiting country 10 and possibly 11 in October.

I don’t want to just go to these countries just for the passport stamp.  Every country I’ve chosen for a reason. I have a genuine interest in the countries landmarks, culture, cuisine or pretty beaches.

I will be writing about my planning, budgeting, and itineraries on the blog.  I will probably do solo travel and join some groups for other countries.

The list could change and more likely grow.  I thought 50 was a good number to start.

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I’m Chasing 50.

The 50 Countries and experiences

Experiences

Learn to swim (Started classes 4/13/2017)
Learn to speak a language in a Foreign Country
Drive a stick shift manual car
Walk Camino De Santiago
Photography Tour
Cooking class in Italy
Carnival in Venice
Attend the Olympics (ice Skating)
African Safari
Learn to play the Piano

Flying lessons

Countries

Amsterdam
Antartica
Australia * Visited 10/2016
Belize
Bolivia
Brazil
Canada
China
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Czech Republic
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
Germany
Greece
Guatemala
Honduras
Iceland
India
Ireland
Japan
Jordan
Madagascar
Maldives
Malta
Mexico
Morocco
New Zealand * Visited 10/2016
Peru
Philippines
Portugal
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
Zimbabwe

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4 comments

  1. Becky Siebenthaler says:

    It sounds like I’m going to be doing a lot of vicarious living through you!

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    1. Hi Becky

      Your my first comment. 🙂 You and Reed have to break in those new passports. We could meet somewhere and travel together.

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  2. Angela Wyatt says:

    Wow, your name came across my feed. I wasn’t sure it was you.

    I love this blog, your reasons for traveling and sharing your story. etc.

    May God bless your travels and keep you cancer free.

    You are a inspiration!!

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    1. Hi Angie. Yes, it’s me. Thank You!

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