|Buddy and a sighting of the Elusive Cheapchick!|
My visited country list is much shorter (based on 193 country United Nations list - note there are some unrecognized countries):
USA (born there), Canada (currently live), Mexico, Jamaica, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Netherlands, Belize, Honduras, Cuba, Costa Rica and two unrecognized countries Hong Kong and Macau.
In April I will be adding Spain to the list as we spend nine days traveling from the Costa Del Sol to Cordoba and onto Madrid. It is likely after following Mitchell is Moving for a couple of years his posts of the beautiful country and tasty food were factors in this choice of country to visit.
There are some countries on my list which I will likely see sooner than others. Due to my Scottish and French roots France and Scotland take priority. I may even have a zillion living cousins in France since my Grandpa immigrated to the USA at age 18 but had 17 brothers and sisters he left back in France. If things quiet down I would like to visit Ukraine as my husband's Grandparents immigrated to Canada around 1900 and I think it would be very interesting for us to go there. I was born a traveler, as entered my second country at the age of 6 months old, my new home, Canada. In my younger years I was a travel agent for Thomas Cook for 10 years until the industry came to an almost grinding halt after September 11th (*I managed an office through it).
Fortunately, my husband shares my love of travel and although his list is not quite as long as mine he is game for wherever I wish to travel. I spend hours planning out our adventures and he states that our trip to Portugal was his best vacation ever, so it must be paying off. My two favorite were Portugal and a trip to Egypt that Thomas Cook took me on in the early 1990s. We both love history and animals so that has a huge influence on where we go. Our company takes priority now so we can only tick off a country or two a year but since I am only 46 years old I have lots of time. If you wonder why I scrimp and save so much here is the answer - to save money for travel!
If I was fortunate to live in another country I would choose Mexico or Portugal. I have a love of Mexico for its people and food and have traveled there about 15 times. Portugal just struck me as an extremely comfortable country to live in where things made sense from the corner store to the transportation systems, even if I did not speak Portuguese, and cheap wine might have been an influencing factor.
Are you a world traveler? How many countries have you visited? Where have you traveled and which was your favorite?