...and while I'm counting where I've been, I thought I'd have a go at counting how many times I've been to various countries during my lifetime. Those of us who keep diaries can do this with some accuracy. Every border crossing counts, but flying over a country doesn't. I'm counting each of the home nations as a separate country, because it makes the figures more interesting.
54: England 25: USA 21: Canada 17: Wales 14: France 11: Belgium 6: Scotland 5: Germany 3: Channel Islands, Italy 2: Netherlands, Vatican City 1: Isle of Man, Ireland, Iceland, Spain (Canary Islands) 0: All other countries
I should point out that 18 of my visits to the USA were during a single minute on 22nd July 1976 when, as a precocious 11-year-old with an eye for an anecdote, I jumped repeatedly across the border on a bridge at Niagara Falls. Also, nine of my 11 visits to Belgium were while travelling to/from Germany. The 1990s proved to be my under-travelled decade, with just five 'foreign' visits, of which only two were overseas. I am particularly intrigued to note that, in my 54th year, I am currently on my 54th visit to England. And yes, there are strong hints here that I should try and be a bit more adventurous in the future.