Thanks to everyone who provided thoughts/feedback on how I could break up the 60 countries I have left to visit. I’ve managed to group things together based on suggestions, and would still love to finish by fall of 2016 if at all possible. Right now, thinking is:
Next Month: Visiting a friend in Lagos, so Nigeria will bring me down to 59 to go.
September: Togo, Ghana, Benin – not real firm, but hoping to squeeze it in. 56 to go.
October: Still working on plans, but it’ll be 10 days to either do Algeria and Andorra, or Bolivia and Ecuator. Either way, that will make 54.
November: All booked for Serbia and Montenegro, bringing things to 52.
December/January: My annual crazy new years trip is booked, and I’ll hit Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Eritrea bringing me to 49. I’ll also get a few days in Sudan, although I’ve technically already been there in transit. Excited to see a little bit more.
February: Hoping to get in a long weekend dive trip to Belize….and get down to 48.
April 2014: Whichever trip I don’t manage in October I’ll do in April. That will make 46.
Also, by spring 2014 I have to other trips planned, just not sure when:
Jamaica for a long weekend will make 45
Work trip to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan will happen in the next six months, making 43.
That should bring me through spring 2014. By end-2014 I hope to hit:
St Kitts and Nevis (42 to go)
Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, and Niger (37 to go)
Tanzania, Uganda, Comoros, Madagascar (33 to go)
Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria (29 to go – this might get broken up into two trips)
Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde (via Senegal – 26 to go)
Cuba (25 to go)
Angola, DR Congo, Congo-Brazzaville (22 to go)
Then, next December/January into 2015:
Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Western Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu (16 to go)
East Timor, PNG, Solomon Islands, Mongolia (12 to go)
Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Sao Tome e Principe (8 to go)
That just leaves: Central African Republic, Chad, Guinea, Liberia, Malawi, and Sierra Leone. I’ll probably try and hit Malawi on the Tanzania/Uganda trip.
Then, plan is in summer 2016 to hit the Bahamas (leaving 1 to go) and finally end it all in September 2016 in Iceland!
How is everyone else’s planning coming along?