As of September 2019, the map of the countries that I’ve been to looks like this:

Map of where I have been

Where I have been

Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Cambodia
China (+Hong Kong and Macau)
The Czech Republic
England
Estonia
Finland
Germany
Indonesia
Iran
Italy
Japan
Laos
Latvia
Lithuania
Malaysia
Mexico
Myanmar (Burma)
The Netherlands
New Zealand
Oman
The Philippines
Poland
Qatar
Scotland
Singapore
Slovakia
South Korea
Taiwan
Thailand
Turkey
Vatican City
Vietnam
The UAE
The United States

These are the itineraries that I have done as an adult

2006/07: HelsinkiTurku – Rovaniemi – Helsinki

2009: Warsaw – Mikolajki … Krakow – Zakopane – Warsaw

2010: San Diego (base) – Leon – Guanajuato … Los Angeles – Vancouver (+Whistler) – Seattle – Los Angeles

2011: Christchurch (base) – Hanmer Springs – Tekapo – Mount Cook – Kaikoura … Akaroa

2011: London – York – Newcastle – Edinburgh – St Andrews – Glasgow – Oban – Arran – Manchester – Birmingham – Northampton – London – Salisbury – Bath – Bristol – Stratford – London

2012: Taipei – Hualien

2013: Helsinki – TallinnKuressaare – Tartu – Riga (+Sigulda – Cesis) – Nida – Vilnius – Warsaw – Lublin – Krakow – Wroclaw – Dresden – Bamberg – Nuremberg – Cologne (+ Trier) – Utrecht – AmsterdamAntwerpBrussels (+Ghent) – Berlin – Poznan – GnieznoTorunGdansk (2) – TurkuJyväskyläTampere – Frankfurt

2013/14: Auckland (+Whangarei – Paihia – Kerikeri – Cape Reinga – Ahipara) – Rotorua – Taupo – Napier – Wellington – Kaikoura – Christchurch (+Akaroa) – OamaruDunedin – Curio Bay – Stewart Island – Invercargill – Te AnauMilford Sound – Queenstown – Wanaka – Fox GlacierFranz Josef – Hokitika – Punakaiki

2014: Hobart – Launceston – Bay of Fires – Bicheno – Port Arthur … Melbourne

2014: Shanghai, Siem Reap

2015: Malacca, Bangkok

2015: YogyakartaBorobudur – Surakarta – Yogyakarta

2016: Tehran – Yazd – Esfahan – Shiraz (+Persepolis) (Iran itinerary)

2016: George Town, Hong Kong – Macau, Ha Noi (+Ninh Binh), Siem Reap, Beijing

2017: Vienna – Graz – Bratislava – Brno – Warsaw – KaunasŠiauliai – Salaspils – Pärnu – Tallinn – Helsinki (+Porvoo)

2017: Luang Prabang, Yangon, MandalayBagan

2017: Rome (+Vatican City) – Florence – Pisa – Rome (via Helsinki)

2018: Tokyo, Bohol, Sydney, Saigon, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei

2018: DohaMuscat – Khasab – Sharqiya Sands – Nizwa

2019: Seoul, Busan, Kuching, Dubai, Istanbul, Cape Town (Q4)

My wishes

I would love to paint the entire map but that is going to take some time and a lot of money. I would also like to return to a few of the countries I’ve already been to, such as England, Latvia, the United States and Germany, to see different cities and re-visit friends in familiar ones.

Many people are guilty of putting off visits to neighbouring sights in favour of faraway destinations. As you can see, I’m one of them. After all, Europe is as exotic to me as Asia is to someone from the old world. I know I will go to Cambodia and Myanmar and revisit Indonesia, where all the ancient sites that I studied in art history class are. Hopefully, it’ll happen before my legs give way or I get sick of flying. 2 January 2018: I can now say that I’ve seen Angkor, Borobudur, Prambanan and Bagan.

See my full Bucket List