1982 I started travelling with my wife Pirkko. After it we have been abroad every year. Our daughter Minna (born 1985) has been with us on most of our trips. We have been in all countries of Europe. Besides Europe, we have travelled in other continents:
1987 Morocco (from Spain).
1990 Cyprus, Israel, Egypt.
1991 Canary Islands, Morocco.
1993-4 USA: Florida; Bahamas.
1994 USA: New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore;
Canada: Niagara, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec.
1995 USA: San Francisco, Yosemite, San Jose, Los Angeles,
San Diego, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon; Mexico: Tijuana.
1995 Singapore, Malaysia, Bali, Thailand.
1996 Japan, New Zealand; Australia: Sydney, Canberra,
Melbourne; Hong Kong, Macao.
1997 Puerto Rico, US and British Virgin Islands, Antigua,
St. Maarten / St. Martin, Anguilla, Guadeloupe,
Martinique, Dominica, St. Kitts, St. Lucia,
St. Vincent, Grenada, Barbados, Trinidad.
1998 United Arab Republic, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman.
1998 South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia,
Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia.
1998-9 India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka,
1999 Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile,
Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador.
2000 Tahiti, Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa,
Tonga, Papua New Guinea; Australia: Cairns,
Great Barrier Reef, Brisbane; New Zealand.
2002-3 Cape Verde, Senegal, Gambia.
2003 Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama,
2004 Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Reunion, Mauritius,
2005 USA: New York, Boston, Hawaii, Dallas, Chicago,
Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, New Orleans, Atlanta;
2006 Thailand, Viet Nam, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia,
Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines, Taiwan.
2011-2 Canary Islands.
2012 Western Siberia.
2012-3 Israel, Egypt, Jordan.
2013 China, Eastern Siberia, Mongolia.
2014 Mexico, Belize, Honduras.
Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan.
Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Cayman
Turkey, Greece, Israel, Cyprus, Lebanon.
China, North Korea, South Korea
I reached 50 countries before my 50th birthday, and 100 countries on our round-the-world trip in 2000. Now we have 163 countries, including 140 independent ones. Instead of countries, lately we have concentrated on collecting MTP and WHS points. I wonder if there are many families of 3 or 4 persons above us in the ranking of combined points (MTP 363+363+298=1024 and WHS 273+273+205=751).
As to the list, I prefer major states and provinces to uninhabited islands, but it is difficult to define, which countries should be divided and which ones not. For instance, why Federal Republic of Austria is not divided into 9 states, but Germany (16 states) and even Switzerland (26 cantons) are divided? Probably the Nordic countries Finland (18 provinces), Sweden (21 regions), Norway (19 regions) and Denmark (5 regions) wouldn't be popular enough to be divided, but how about most-visited England (9 regions) and much-visited Netherlands (12 provinces)?
My Favorite Places:
The best: Tampere, Finland.
The northernmost: Arctic Ocean, Svalbard, Norway 81 N.
The southernmost: Christchurch, New Zealand 44 S.
The hottest: Hoover Dam, USA 119 F = 48 C.
The highest: Cotopaxi, Ecuador 4800 m.
The lowest: The Dead Sea, Israel 408 m below sea level
The highest railway: Jungfraujoch, Switzerland 3454 m.
The highest tower: CN Tower, Toronto, Canada 553 m.
The highest building: Taipei 101, Taiwan 508 m.
The best view: Christ Statue, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The most picturesque: Santorini, Greece.
The best hotel: Sheraton Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.
The paradise: Lohifushi Island, Maldives.