37 countries in 37 years…

I was just reading Melissa’s blog One Crafty Mamma*, and her post on her Top 10 Holiday Destinations caught my attention. Why, because with the exception of 2 of the destinations I’d experienced 8 out of 10 of her choices. (Sorry, not trying to be a show off)

(*One Crafty Mamma is a sponsor this month, but I’ve read her blog for a long time and its full of good stuff, pop over and visit. She has recently won a top blogger award, and is taking her family on a great adventure with her prize money! Well done Melissa.)

This lead me to start thinking of all the countries I’ve visited to in my life and I started to make a list. The criteria was that I had to have spent at least a day there (airport transit didn’t count). Some of these countries I’ve visited more than once, some for a day, some for several months, some when I was a kid with my family, others on my own or with friends…

So in alphabetical order I have been to:


Australia (obviously)



Chile (inc. Easter Island)

ChinaHere I am on the left with my mum and sister in Feb 1986 on the Great Wall of China. It was cold, we were dressed like Yetis

Czech Republic






French Polynesia (Tahiti)



Hong Kong







New Zealand

PeruAfter trekking the Inca trail for 4 days, I made it to Machu Picchu










United Kingdom


Vatican City (yes it is officially a country!)

VietnamRisking life and limb on a cyclo in Vietnam

So that’s 37 countries, and I’m turning 37 this year, coincidence? o_O

Would you like to know more about any of these adventures? I’d love to share my photos and experiences with you. Some pics are in my parents’ photo albums so they may be a bit harder to dig out.

Have you been to any of these places? Which ones did you love the most?



  • little love says:

    That's a LOT of countries! I've only been to 7! Hmmm, I've got 6 years to meet our tally! If only! xx

  • h&b says:

    Bloody hell – blogger just ate my huge comment .. grr … must be here somewhere.. off to look..

  • h&b says:

    Wow.. that's quite an impressive list !! Mine's not so grand, the usual US/UK thang and parts of Europe.. my fave cities being Rome, Prague, Paris …. then I also love London, NYC etc .. every trip memorable for its own reasons and its history in my life events…

    BTW, you SO look just like your Mum in that pic .. like double-take city!! Wow!

    Wish I could find my original comment .. it was so much better than this .. lol .. x

  • One Crafty Mumma says:

    Thank you for the lovely mention and I am SOOOOO jealous of your awesome travel list — well done, that's one amazing list!!!

    They're great photos too 🙂
    Mel xo

  • jody says:

    You are so lucky. What amazing places you've traveled! I love the photos, especially the one of you dressed like a yetti 😉
    I have never traveled outside of Australia 🙁 but hope to take my kids to some of those amazing places one day so we can experience it all together. x

  • jane l says:

    Wow what a list,i love The Great Wall photo…one I would cherish always.
    I would like to know about Liechtenstein-seeing I've never heard of it!
    Off to dream of my next trip!……

  • Homemaker Honey says:

    Wow! Impressive. You've been to many more countries than I. I did win a trip once to Austria and I took my mother. We loved it! I want to go back one day with my hubby.

    I'm a new reader. I sew sweet rag dolls and quilts. I'd love for you to pop over and visit.

    Homemaker Honey

  • Paula says:


    I just discovered your blog. And I thought I had traveled a lot…I read you follow up post.

    My mom loves to travel as well, but I only visited with her about 15 of the countries, other half was because of work. And I regret a bit not had sightseeing more of them

    Australia is the 5th country where I have lived, we share about 20 countries, if by any chance we met some day it would be interesting to talk about travel. I was actually thinking to start a blog looking back at my trips, and probably your post just make me decide to finally do it 🙂

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