So with my country count now at 109, it’s getting a bit more difficult to “collect” multiple countries in the same trip. When I found out that I’d have a chance to visit a friend in the Seychelles this spring, I started, of course, looking at creative ways to get there.
One thing I’ve learned the last couple years is that roundtrip fares are rarely the best way to go somewhere if you’re looking to maximize the number of countries you visit. Fares from the US tend to be expensive, and often you can string together several one-way fares at a much better deal – especially if you want to travel in the pointy end of the plane.
To that end, I found an amazing fare that would allow me to hit south asia on the way, and visit Nepal and Bhutan. Of course, that got me wondering if I could stop by the other country in the region I still need to visit – Maldives – and I found a way to make it happen. Of course, on the way from Maldives to Seychelles, I wanted to see if I could transit elsewhere in the Indian Ocean – and sure enough it looks like Mauritius is a possibility!
Now, leaving Seychelles was easier…and even better when I found a “hidden” fare to north america that was milage-based, and allowed stops in Sudan and Bulgaria on the way back for just a few airport surcharges…great deal! Now, I don’t get to leave the plane in Sudan…but by the rules of the game I can count it for now, with the hopes of returning for a real visit soon. That will make 7 new countries in just under two weeks, and bring me to 116 on the count. How is everyone else doing?