Ever since I heard Chris Guillebeau’s share his goal of visiting every country in the world (which he completed this year), I’ve been a bit more diligent to keep track of the countries I’ve visited. I just added a new country last week and thought that warranted posting my list. Here it is, in no particular order:
4. Costa Rica
6. Cuba (legally with medical tour, Nov 2012)
9. Qatar (TEDxSummit April 2012)
10. Bora Bora (Photoshoot for Target, Sept 1998?)
12. UK (England & Scotland)
16. Czech Republic (Honeymoon July 1999)
17. Austria (wrong train, long story, great memory with my mom!)
20. Monaco (Honeymoon July 1999)
22. Lichtenstein (Nov 2013)
I feel blessed. Some of these trips have been purely personal, for pleasure. And some have been for work, visiting clients and Jason’s training seminars. I figure since no one in school ever teaches you how to do this, or that it’s even possible, that I’d share more about this kind of “geographically independent” work & lifestyle. You don’t have to be exorbitantly wealthy, be great at languages or be a super savvy traveler to make this possible…
Jason and I have focused on finding client work to specifically pay our way. We study up on credit card points, mileage programs and travel deals. I personally don’t speak another language fluently (the Italian I learned as a kid comes back eventually). But I do always make an effort to learn a few phrases in whatever language of the country I’m visiting: please, thank you, white wine, coffee, vegetarian… that sort of thing.)
Although I don’t aspire to visit every country of the world, I will continue to look for global opportunities to work with great people and apply the skills I have to help people, especially women entrepreneurs.
TIP: Did you know you CAN’T fly internationally with a passport that expires within 6 months?
PS I hope to add Bali and Ecuador (Galapagos Islands) to the list in 2014.
PSS Write in the comment section below where you aspire to travel to! I’d love to see…