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Chasing 50 Countries & Experiences in 5 Years

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 consists 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 to grow.  I thought 50 was a good number to start.

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I’m Chasing 50.

The 50 Countries and experiences


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


Climb Mt Kilimanjaro (March 2019)

Write and publish a book

Flying lessons


  • Amsterdam
  • Antarctica
  • Australia * Visited 10/2016
  • Belize
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • Dubai * Visited 10/2017
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Iceland
  • India * visited 10/2017
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Madagascar
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Norway
  • New Zealand * Visited 10/2016
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Portugal
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania – Visited February 2019
  • Zimbabwe
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