I’m also obsessed with travelling. I don’t like doing the numbers thing, but I’ve been asked enough times — so to answer your question, I’ve been to about 55 countries so far. (Some grey lines: does the UK count as four or one country? Is Hong Kong its own country? Is St. Martin/ St. Maarten one or two?)
55 is not a particularly high number, to me. I know people who have been to a lot more. But it’s a decent number, as an independent, often budget-restricted traveler. Highlights have included: Bali and Mali (in particular, trekking in Dogon Country in the southeast), Scotland, Myanmar, Slovenia and Croatia, Oman.
I started writing for Let’s Go (“the world’s best-selling budget guidebook series”) when I was nineteen, which was good training for travelling on a non-existent budget. When I hit twenty-six, I realized I no longer preferred to stay in hostels.
In the future, I do plan to increase the 55 number with more countries. In particular: Iceland, Peru, Tanzania, Bolivia, Afghanistan when it is no longer bomb-ridden. I may decide to write about them on this blog. We shall see.