Why I Travel

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. 

All the places I have and have not been

 All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries.  No matter how you count or tag them they are all changing and losing a little bit of themself every day.  Las Vegas or Disney is simply a short cut, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point!

Life is short, but how long you live is up to you…

3 Responses to Why I Travel

  1. Alice says:

    At least you don’t have the answer to “Why I Travel” marked as “to get away from my wife and kids!!”

  2. Mom says:

    I love traveling. Put me in a car and start driving–as long as it is someplace I haven’t seen before.

    So many places, so many sights and sites to see, so many people to meet. Best education ever.

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