I only visited four new countries in 2017, my lowest number since I began traveling internationally in 2005.
And that’s fine. I had a newborn at home and more important matters than adding to my country count. Still, it remains a goal to eventually set foot in every country on this Earth. I’ve made the case for why I travel here.
As I focus on the more important matters of my wife and son, my new business, and working to live rather than living to work, I still hope to whittle away a bit at my country count each year.
Here’s a look at 10 new countries I plan to visit in 2018:
Perhaps the most intriguing city in Africa, I hope to visit Luanda and fly TAAG Angola Airlines this year.
After reading Ben’s trip report, Bhutan sits at near the top of my list of countries I hope to visit this year.
Mongolia fascinates me, though I cannot exactly pinpoint why. But I plan to visit this summer, with my ticket already booked.
I have a trip planned to Maputo later in the year and look forward to visiting this former Portuguese colony.
While I don’t plan on climbing Mt. Everest, I do wish to visit Nepal before or after Bhutan.
Papua New Guinea
So close to Australia yet so different, I hope to include a side-trip to Port Moresby this year when I am in Australia.
With travel already booked to Dakar on South African, I plan to visit Senegal late this summer.
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Technically part of France, I’ve been wanting to visit this territory for more than five years. With new service to Paris on Air Saint-Pierre, I hope to actually visit this year.
With United starting service to Tahiti later this year, I look forward to taking my wife on a child-free 4-5 day getaway. I recognize that Tahiti is also part of France.
Since some of you will give me a hard time for Greenland, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, and Tahiti, let’s add Madagascar, Rwanda, and Timor-Leste to the list. I’d love to visit…though I’m not sure I will be able to squeeze those in.
My wife is game for every country above. I’m not sure how practical that will be and I definitely do not want to take Augustine to all these places (though at least he won’t need his own seat before he turns two). We’ll play it by ear. I’m not booking everything now…
This post is about new countries I intend to visit, but I also have trips planned to Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and South Africa…four countries I have been to multiple times in the past but look forward to returning to. Work will take me often to Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland as well. It’s going to be a great year!