Countries Visited

With 200+ countries and territories out there, I’ve barely made a dent even after 17+ years of wandering. But I have no doubt I’ll get there in the end πŸ™‚

AfghanistanAlbania – Antigua & Barbuda – Argentina – AustraliaAustria – Bahamas – Bahrain – Bangladesh – Barbados – Belgium – Belize – Bosnia & Herzegovina – Brunei – Bulgaria – Burma – Cambodia – Canada – Chile – China – Costa Rica – CroatiaCuba – Czech Republic – Dominica – Egypt – El Salvador – England – EstoniaFijiFinlandFrance – Germany – Greece – Grenada – Guatemala – Honduras – Hungary – Iceland – IndiaIndonesia – Italy – IraqIsrael – Jamaica – Jordan – Kenya – Kiribati – Kyrgyzstan – Laos – LatviaLebanon – Lithuania – Luxembourg – Macedonia – Malaysia – Maldives – Malta – MauritiusMexicoMoldovaMontenegroNepal – Netherlands – New Zealand – NicaraguaNorth Korea – Norway – Oman – Pakistan – Panama – Philippines – Portugal – Romania – Saint Kitts & Nevis – Saint Lucia – Samoa – Serbia – SeychellesSingaporeSlovakiaSloveniaSouth Africa – Sri Lanka – Sweden – SwitzerlandSyriaTanzania ThailandTurkeyUkraine – United Arab Emirates – United States – Uruguay – Vatican City – Vietnam – Yemen

Comments 246

  1. Tom

    would this be considered illegal? am going backpacking around Asia for a year, and will most likely do this, what would the consequences be if the ticket was fake, and they realised?

    many thanks

    Tom

  2. Grace

    Hey Earl,

    How are you? Well I’m writing because me and my fiance are really wanting to get out of Ohio and see the world. Of course there is the huge issue of money, she has a part time job and I am in between jobs at the moment. We are both getting tired of the routine and the lifestyle here. So i was wondering what could we do in your opinion to make our traveling dreams a reality. I read your blog on 42 ways to make money and travel the world i just don’t know where to start.

  3. Elin Damstuen

    Hey Earl!

    Found your blog because of my visit to Playa del Carmen a few days ago, and I just want to thank you for inspiring me to do more travelling. I’m back in Norway now, but I’m actually looking for a job down in Playa asap. They’re building a mall at Paseo del Carmen now, which will be done this summer, and they’re opening a H&M store there. I’ve worked for H&M here in Norway for over a year now, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to try getting some work down there. I’ve got a colleague working at H&M in Mexico City, so it can’t be impossible, right? Haha, we’ll see what happens. I’m only 20 years old, so it’s not too easy for me getting a job through the internet (even though that would be ideal), so I’m just trying my best right now.

    Don’t know why I’m obsessed with going back to Playa, since I wanna do what you do: see everything. So far I’ve only seen 10 countries, so it’s kinda weird that I wanna go back to Playa this quickly after. But Playa had me falling… πŸ˜‰

    Keep up the good work, I love your blog, and you are very inspiring!! Thank you!

  4. Badum Beedum

    Definitely hit Belize soon! Belize is very relaxing and awesome getaway place, although it’s not really a getaway for you since you seem to be on a forever vacation. I liked the part of Belize with the beaches, where you could take a boat taxi to and from the market/ main city area. Also liked the part of Belize with a botanical garden and a retreat in a waterfall/ jungle/ really cool place. The living area in the jungle part of Belize was AMAZING. You should definitely check out the caves!! Go caving and pay someone or find out how to drive a car through this shallow river to get to this cave place!! It’s awesome and a lot of fun!

  5. Inaraa

    Hey Earl,
    Greetings from Malaysia, it really made me smile reading what u wrote bout my country. But what struck me here is when i saw an article of what u think of Romania, and see how much u wrote about the city of Bucharest. I met a friend from Romania. And planning to visit that country, but as far as I’ve been reading and hearing bout , its all the negative things until i saw ur writing on it. Gave me a little relief. But anyways, I’ve been thinking of taking maybe half year to a year of traveling period after i graduate later. My brother did a 2 months Eurotrip, he went to 19 countries. It really inspired me . Making my only dream come true, which is to travel the world. I know, that a year time will not give me lot of time to do so. But u really make me believe that,traveling is not just to get stamp on the passport, but to discover the little things that actually make a place , what it is.

    oh ya, will be reading and following ur blog for sure! πŸ˜€

  6. Kristina

    Hey Earl!
    Your site and blog has not only been helpful, but it has also given me so much excitement to travel when I am older and out of college. I am currently an education major, but my dream is to travel the whole world and go to every continent, yes, including Antarctica. I am optimistic about this goal, and one of my ideas to reach this goal is to teach abroad. I am also very passionate about photography. Do you have any ideas of what I could do instead? I hope to hear back from you!

    Best wishes.

    PS: When/how did you go to North Korea? The country absolutely puzzles me.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Kristina – Thanks for the comment and you can read about my North Korea trip here (I went a few months ago):

      http://www.wanderingearl.com/category/countries/north-korea/

      And as for ideas to teach abroad, there are endless opportunities to use your photography skills in some capacity. You could teach photography, sell your photos, lead photography tours and on and on. And that’s just with photography. There are thousands of other ways to earn money too. Have a read of this post, it might help:

      http://www.wanderingearl.com/42-ways-you-can-make-money-and-travel-the-world/

  7. Ciaran

    There’s not many people in the world like you that end up travelling for 10/15yrs plus – bit fair duce to you. I’ve done a bit of travelling myself, seems like yrs ago, mainly to Africa(hard to beat the African people) & a bit of Europe. I’m suprised you didn’t go to Ireland since y were over by the UK, & most Yanks that travel try to get to Eire. Anyway, I’ve a friend in his early 30’s who’s in India at the moment, & travelled across most of Asia, couchsurfing where possible. He started in Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Moscow, then got the Trans-Siberian Railway across to Vladivostock (reminiscent of San Francisco he reckons); S.Korea, Japan, Sth China-Western Sichuan, Mongolia, (could not get into Tibet, something 3 visas) Nepal-Himalayans, India, then, S-E Asia. He’s more into photography & remote-rural areas. Y should check-out his v. descriptive blog & give it a plug. I’m thinking of meeting up with him, & if your in India, y never know we could meet up. His blog is; The Stray Photographer – tell him I had mentioned it. Your blog is v informative, yet, transparent with a few comical experiences.

  8. Steve Farrell

    Keep on wandering, Earl. You’re doing something incredible & unique. You seem to find something to like about every country you have visited. I have been to about 25 to 30 countries and I always thought I was well-traveled until I discovered your site. I hope you put out a book some day about your wanderings. Cheers!

  9. Sidney

    Hey Earl!

    You’re blog is pretty cool. I’m just curious coz why you’ve never been to Philippines since you started traveling. Most of the travel blogs I encountered, if they go to Southeast Asia, Philippines is always one of their pit stops.

    Thanks!

  10. Jim

    Hey Earl,
    I love the website and your adventurous attitude on life. I too love adventures and am planning a Europe trip this summer. I was wondering if you had any suggestions of a route/what to do/how to save money/anything else.
    Also, where are you planning to go next? I’m interested to hear about your anticipation of trips after being to so many different places.
    Keep it up!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Jim – For Europe, there are millions of routes you can take but my suggestion is to avoid trying to cram too much into your plan. It’s far better in my opinion to visit fewer places and spend more time in each than to try and run around and ‘see all of Europe’ in a month. But again, as for routes, it all depends on your budget, how much time you have, what your interests are and several other factors. I would start with figuring out those things first….once you have an idea of what interests you the most and how much money you’ll have to spend, you can start narrowing down your options.

  11. kzy

    Hi Earl

    I was wondering, have you got any stories, memories etc. about Burma. I’m planning a trip there early next year. Really excited !, and it would be great to hear first hand from someone who’s been there

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Kieran – While I have traveled around Burma, it was all during my pre-blog days and so I haven’t put any blog posts together about those experiences unfortunately.

  12. Venice

    Hi Earl, I recently just got hired to work as an Entertainment staff at Carnival cruise line, and reading your blogs about life on cruise as a worker caught my attention. I’m excited for the journey considering this is my very first cruise job and I’m a bit nervous about it. I am hoping you can give me some good tips and advice, since I’ve read that you’ve also worked for Carnival cruise line before.

    Thanks in advance!
    Happy travel!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Venice – Just go in with an open mind and enjoy yourself. It’s going to be difficult for the first few weeks as life on board is unlike anything else. You’ll hate it, you’ll be frustrated and you will want to leave. But everyone goes through this during the transition phase and once you get adjusted to ship life, you’ll start loving the experience. And before long you’ll be very happy you stayed!

  13. Robbie

    Hey Earl! I was looking at the countries you visited and noticed that you had been to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica but didn’t have anything written about four of those five countries. I was wondering if you think it would be safe for someone who has never traveled outside the USA to solo travel these countries for a month. Thanks for everything you have put into this site and hope to hear from you soon!
    -Robbie

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Robbie – I just haven’t had time yet to go back and write about those destinations but as for your question, as long as you use common sense, things should be quite safe. The biggest danger you’ll face is getting ripped off and maybe pickpocketed. However, you might want to start in a place like Mexico, which is much safer and easier for a solo traveler to travel around, especially if it’s your first time out of the country. From southern Mexico, you can then easily cross the border into Guatemala once you have a week of travel experience under your belt.

  14. Aimee

    Hey, I’ve only ever traveled to live abroad twice and they was both in Magaluf and I kind of messed up money wise both times. I was wondering on what your advice would be onto my budget in Vietnam for two months? I would love to go to Thailand after for a couple of months if you could give me any tips on making any money over there or where to go to make some money that would be a great help, thanks.
    Hope you’re enjoying your traveling!
    Aimee xxx

  15. Amilia

    Hey Earl!
    I absolutely love your site- it makes me really excited about traveling. I’m hoping I’ll be able to go on one of your trips at some point. In about a year and a half, I’ll be going to Ecuador to study abroad. I was hoping you had been so I could see all the cool stuff you did and get some ideas, but alas, you haven’t gone! Maybe in the next year πŸ˜‰
    Hope you’re enjoying your mystery location!

  16. Geoff

    Earl have you ever done a across the world trip.
    East West, or west east, north south or south north.
    A DVD Charlie Boorman By any means.

    Here’s a Challenge put your self in Australia and then travel back to Europe overland.

    By any Means.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Geoff – Not in one continuous go, no. It’s a good idea, just hard to do these days with all of the work/projects I have going on. But I do have a similar adventure planned for next year…not across the world, but quite an adventure nonetheless.

  17. Jess

    Hey Earl,

    I’m glad I found your blog. It’s giving me hope and something to think about while finishing my degree. It’s overwhelming. It’s getting worse by the day.
    As a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ trip, my mom and I would like to plan another month or two month trip somewhere in Europe. France seems to be the logical country because I can speak a little French and my mom liked the time we spent there a few years ago.
    The previous trip, I think we were lucky to find an apartment available for one month, but I’m not sure how lucky we’ll be next time. I was hoping you might have some tips on how to get started now on finding a place with a kitchen so we don’t have to spend the whole trip eating out (which is not usually cheap $$). I realize a month or so is not really long-term travel, but it’s what we could handle without getting behind with stuff at home. We want to improve our French, live in a place and not just be a tourist going on tours, and get in to the groove of going to our favorite cafe. Know any towns that might work?

    Thanks for any tips and thanks for putting up such an interesting blog,

    Jess

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Jess – You should look at Airbnb.com and then, if you find apartments you like in France, just contact the owners and ask how much it would be for a month. The rates are normally much lower and you can really find some good deals that way. As for specific towns, it really depends on your interests as to whether or not you want a city, to be near the water, small country town, etc. as well as what kind of activities you want to be available. Wherever you end up though, I’m sure a month in France will be wonderful!

  18. srushti

    Hey Earl heard about you from a friend in my building. He had been to your recent India trip too. I have also been moving around with life. Born in one place, raised in different countries, studied in different countries, and married in LA now. I keep dreaming of getting settlement in place where I can have a family, good food, amazing nature (as I love photography and write poems). What do you feel would be the best place to settle for a person like me who loves travelling too. So there are many places around and accessible with great network of transportation? I know I am asking you a totally odd question of a settling to wanderer. But since you have seen so many places personally was thinking if you could advice me from your experience.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Srushti – That’s a tough question because it all depends on the person. Not everyone will like the same places as we are all looking for and need different things to make us comfortable or happy. My favorite places to live at the moment are in Mexico and Eastern Europe (Romania) as those countries provide me with most of what I’m looking for in a place to spend an extended period of time. If I were you I would just start looking at as many countries as you can, doing research and trying to make a final list of several places that might be a good match. And once you have narrowed it down to a few, you can make a better decision!

  19. Elia

    Hey Earl!

    It’s wonderful what you’re doing. I’ve been raised in a lifestyle that requires me to move every 3 years- or less (my parents are diplomats). I’m Pakistani but I was born in Egypt, then moved to the UAE, then Pakistan, then Philippines, then Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh, and back to Pakistan. Now I’m in Virginia. I wanted to ask you what you thought of Pakistan.. and also, since I’m applying to colleges soon, I was wondering whether you would recommend Bulgaria (I really like the idea of Bulgaria so far)

    Thanks! Keep on keeping on!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Elia – Thanks for the comment! I had some amazing experiences in Pakistan, from Lahore to Rawalpindi, up to Gilgit, Passu and Karimabad and over to Chitral and Peshawar. Beautiful country, overwhelmingly friendly people and just a great time overall. I’ve written a little about it so far but will write more at some point.

      As for studying in Bulgaria, that’s hard for me to stay. I only know the country from a few visits as a traveler and while I loved it, I have no idea how it would be as a student.

  20. Rachel

    Hey Earl- It is my dream to travel around the world like you do, but how do you do it? How do you afford it? My dream is to get paid to travel but that’s not happening any time soon so any tips?
    Thanks!

  21. Everest 8848m

    Hello Earl,
    Just today, I came across your blog, and well I have to tell you that m totally addicted towards your lifestyle… I want to see myself as a nomad in coming days too. I’m Mehadip from NEPAL by the way, and good to see dat yu have already been there.. I’m pretty sure you liked it!!!.. I’m only 20 yrs of age, right now in Seattle, for my engineering degree…. I have a keen interest in traveling and seeing new faces. I only have been to India.. I’m planning to visit either new zealand or fiji. I’m pretty sure both are good countries to visit, but in your opinion which one you think iz on the top of the table?. And what’s the approx. $ needed for the trip.. What are the good places to visit?. Plz write back… thanks, mehadip.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Medadip – Those are two great countries for sure and I think the best way to decide is to close your eyes and think of them both. Which of those countries gets you more excited and makes you want to pack your bags and fly there today? That’s where you should go! Every traveler has different experiences so just because I like one country doesn’t mean you will agree in the end πŸ™‚

  22. Stephen

    Earl, I was just about to ask why Central Asia hadn’t made the trip yet when I saw Ulyana’s comment. It really is an amazing region, drop through and check it out when you get the chance!

      1. Stephen

        Awesome! Have fun getting the visas, but also know that the hassle and cost are totally worth the experience. If you’re not getting them in the US, by the by, Vienna is probably the best spot in Europe for it.

  23. Rameesha

    Wow, 83 countries, keep going pal. Visit ’em all(:D) i’m sure you can do it. πŸ™‚
    How did you like Pakistan? Which place did you visit in Pakistan?

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Rameesha – Pakistan, with all of it’s mountains and culturally interesting cities was a fascinating place to visit. I traveled from Lahore to Rawalpindi, up towards Gilgit, Karimabad and Passu and over to Chitral and Peshawar. It was a very unique travel experience.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Andrew – I like Portugal a lot…I haven’t explored too much of the country but Lisbon sure is a wonderful city that I could return to over and over again.

  24. Waqas gilani

    Dear Earl,

    I want to travel and see the world. I want to see how the world is? people their traditions, their living and specially the places. You can consider that i want to see the beauty of this world. I am living in Lahore, pakistan, Tired of being stuck to a single place, didnt even travelled much in my country but want to see the whole world. Please guide me for my dreams. Thanks.

  25. Chelsea

    Hi Earl – noticed you have yet to visit Ireland… I know you prefer warm countries, but Ireland is a must πŸ™‚ I am also from Florida (where abouts in FL are you from?) but lived in Ireland for one year and it stole my heart – I now consider it to be home!!

    By the way, I stumbled across your website/blog yesterday and am absolutely addicted.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Chelsea – I’m actually from Boston but my family now lives in South Florida, north of Ft. Lauderdale. And you’re right, I have not been to Ireland. It’s on my list though and plan to make it there soon enough!

      1. Ulyana

        That’s wonderful! If you’re gonna go to Almaty, I’ll be happy to show you around! And please don’t go to Astana in the winter unless you wanna die of frostbite)) It is definitely worth visiting though.

  26. Ashley

    Hey Earl, just here to ask why you haven’t visited the Maldives? It’s a great place and there are so many beautiful beaches- right next to sri lanka!

  27. Rashad

    Hey Earl!

    I’m so fascinated by your lifestyle! It’s so amazing to think that someone is actually doing this. In some weird way, your blog has inspired me to want to travel to other parts of the world too. Keep travelling and writing about it, cause I’m sure you’ll be able to inspire more people to travel. I’m from Malaysia btw! So I was extremely glad to see one of your positive replies (about travelling to M’sia) in the comment section. But it’d be awesome if you could write one whole post about your trip here. Just a thought though πŸ™‚

    Any tips for China? Heading there next summer πŸ™‚

    Keep doing what you’re doing Earl!

    1. Earl

      Hey Rashad – Good to hear from you! I don’t have any tips about China though as I actually have not been there yet, only to Hong Kong and Taiwan πŸ™‚

    2. Eric

      Hello Rashad,

      I lived in Beijing for almost four years. If you’re heading to that city next summer, I could suggest some interesting sights and places to see. Shanghai is also a must see for a person’s first time to China and I would also suggest, if you have time, to head out west to Xi’an which is one of the ancient capitals of China and has some great uyghur (Chinese muslim) restaurants and other interesting ancient sights like the terra cotta warrior museum.

      Best regards,

      Eric

  28. Ashley

    Hey Earl,

    Have you ever thought of going to the Dominican Republic? I haven’t seen any traveling blogs about the DR. I would love to travel there!

    Best Wishes,

    Ashley

    1. Earl

      Hey Ashley – I would love to visit DR as well. It will happen at some point as I continue to visit the regions I’ve yet to visit on this planet!

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  32. Sofie

    Why you have not been to Denmark is a mystery to me! πŸ˜‰ Anyways, such a cool lifestyle, and I admire your courage and strength to keep on the travelling. It is, as you describe, important seeing more than your own countrie’s “world”.

    1. Earl

      Hey Sofie – That is indeed a mystery πŸ™‚ I’m not sure why I haven’t been to Denmark…no real reason, just haven’t made it yet. I’ll get there though and I have no doubt that I’ll enjoy the experience, right?

    1. Earl

      Hey Amir – I just haven’t made it there yet…I know I’ll make it there at some point and I definitely want to, but my plans just haven’t worked out that way yet πŸ™‚

  33. Maddie Kerns

    Hey Earl!

    I’m 18 years old and going out of the country for the first time ever this weekend. I’m headed to Costa Rica. I’ve traveled all over the United States, and I finally have the opportunity to venture out. I’ve always been the type of person to be independent and wanting to travel all over the world and I recently came across your blog, and it has inspired me to continue with my travels. I was wondering if you had any tips for a first time international traveler, and if you have any tips on Costa Rica.
    Thanks so much,
    Maddie

  34. han.higgins@gmail.com

    Make sure you come to Ireland soon! It will be a visit you wont forget. A trip to West Cork is essential!

    1. Earl

      Hey Han – I actually just met up with an Irish friend two days ago here in Bucharest and she also said the same thing, that I must visit Ireland soon! So I will be trying to work it into my plans somehow πŸ™‚

  35. Linnea

    Hey Earl! I traveled Europe for a couple months, and now I’m planning a cross country road trip across the United States. Any recommendations from California to Boston?

    1. Earl

      Hey Linnea – Sounds like a great idea your road trip! I’m not sure if I have any recommendations though as I spend almost all of my time over the past 12 years outside of the US πŸ™‚ But I have enjoyed my visits to all of the National Parks in the western part of the US as well as the time I’ve spent in the south, in states such as Alabama, as well as New Mexico, which is probably my favorite state!

  36. Kate

    Hey Earl, Absolutely love your blog, especially your recent post on Bulgaria, I have gone there every summer for the last 5 years to the black sea coast(you should definitely check out Varna next time, it’s great) and feel like I know it quite well, but your post inspired to visit the lesser spotted places in Bulgaria. So this summer that is exactly what I’m doing, and I can’t wait!

    Also, I am going to Malaysia for the first time in July. Do you have any tips on what is good to do/see/eat there?

    Any advice would be much appreciated!

    Thanks, and keep bloggin’!
    Kate

    1. Earl

      Hey Kate – Thanks so much for the comment and I’m glad to have found another Bulgaria fan πŸ™‚ I’ll be sure to visit on my next visit as well.

      As for Malaysia, I love Kuala Lumpur and the island of Penang as well. There’s excellent food everywhere, including some of my favorite Indian food restaurants on the planet that are located in Penang (there is a large Indian community there). The Perhentian Islands are also very nice and worth a visit, as are the national parks in the interior of Malaysia. Another great option is to pop over to Malaysian Borneo, where you’ll find plenty of jungle and wildlife to explore (such as in the Bako National Park). Overall, it’s a great destination and wherever you end up visiting, I’m sure you’re going to be more than happy with your experiences!

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