On October 16, 2013 I had visited 84 countries and territories.
From the early trips with my family as a kid to nowadays membership to 10 frequent flyer programs I always enjoyed travelling :-)
With some exceptions
in the American and Asian continents, I
travelled mainly throughout Europe (almost all countries), you might find it
difficult to locate the small stars I placed in the world map (follow
link below), my continent has so many Countries and/or national realities so
close to each other that is difficult to show them clearly in such a small
picture (You can see a more detailed map of my European visits clicking the
link below). One of the key factors of my extensive trips to Europe is my
active involvement, in my late years of university, in European-wide student
projects carried on by the
My European mobility has become more a lifestyle than a holiday planning, as you can see from the table below, the amount of times that I visited regularly some countries is almost countless.
Certainly in my
future plans there is a lot of travelling far beyond
The number of times I have visited each country is shown on the right (* = 10-20 times, # = more than 20; both approximate, according to my memory!) those I have lived/stayed for more than two months are marked by @ . You can read about more stories, personal impressions and being redirected to the gallery section for the highlighted countries by clicking on them.
Note 1 : The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is only recognized by Turkey, I thought it was worth mentioning the distinction of my visits because of the peculiarity of the Political and Cultural division that the country has to face and the fact that I could experience the problems, the personal friendships and the "objective" personal consideration of the problems of the country (see my University graduation thesis on the "Cyprus problem", only in Italian though). Nevertheless I count the country as one, wishing that soon the two sides will have one flag!
Note 2 : Same apply for "Kosovo", which I visited on personal basis (though with a certain involvement in Students NGO projects) in March 2000, so after the dramatic war and crimes which devastated the area and left it in a sort of international protectorate, until recently when it has been proclaimed as an indipendent state...many are not recognizing it yet.
Note 3: Yes, I know I should consider Great Britain countries as one, but since I am a great supporter of the concept of national identity rather than the political division of the countries, I count them as 4 (so that I can also claim 3 more in my list :-)