Don’t Count Countries

Don’t Count Countries

As a full-time traveler, one of the frequently asked questions I get asked is “How many countries have you been to?”... People sometimes assume that I’m on a mission to tick every country in the world off some imaginary bucket list. Well, I’m not, and here’s why.



Slow > fast

Slow travel is always better than fast travel. 


Traveling slow allows you to spend more time visiting a country. Instead of a few days of rushing to and from airports, taxis and hotels, barely glimpsing overhyped tourist attractions, traveling slow lets you spend more time living in one place, and gives you a truly authentic experience immersed in the local culture. You can take your time, go at your own leisurely pace, and ultimately, get to see, do, and eat so much more. 


Being a traveler instead of a tourist earns you the right to confidently tell your travel tales because you truly experienced the country and made lasting memories.



Reasons not to count countries

Quality > quantity

Not all countries in the world are ideal tourist destinations. 

 

Some countries restrict or prohibit entry. Some require lots of time and money just to get an approved visa to visit prior to travel. Others impose strict rules or laws once you are allowed in, such as requiring a tour guide to accompany you, registering with police, or prohibiting emergency care. Sometimes visitors just aren’t welcome.

 

Many countries are unsafe, at war, dealing with political tensions, and where a range of opportunistic to organized crimes from robbery to kidnapping are just as common as tourist scams. The risk and hassle of trying to visit these counties probably aren’t even worth the stamp in your passport or the pin in your map.


Don’t be a country counter

Choose your own adventure