Around The World—New Year's Resolution For 2019

My New Year's Resolution for 2019 is not to be healthier, be nicer, work smarter, stay happier, or some other falderal that one should be doing everyday anyway, nope, not this year.  I have made those sorts of self-improvement resolutions in the past and I usually kept them with good results, so enough.  Time for some fun.

 

In this New Year 2019 I am going to digitally visit a new country every day for as long as they last!  Then I will explore the arctics, some islands, the ocean floor, maybe the moon, and so on.  I plan to use my new deluxe Goggle Earth Pro on days when I have a lot of time to explore, and for a quick-look day, I found the following list which has links to fun facts for each country in the world*.  For example, did you know that out of 257± countries in the world there are only 191 countries whose borders are undisputed?

 

I made this resolution to digitally tour the world when I tired of batting off my Kindle device's auto-suggestions for documentaries on serial killers, unresolved murders, and other aberrations.  Why does Amazon set its search findings to offer up fearsome and unpleasant results each evening?  Controlling the masses?  I goggle-search for "documentaries" and instead of archeological sites or anthropology, Goggle gives me ax murders.  Well, I will structure my own free time, and it will not be with monsters.

 

Just when I thought old age had relegated me to an armchair, technology opened the world back up again.  Lucky, lucky me, soon to be a septuagenarian armchair adventurer.

 

In real life I have lived in numerous states:  born in Baltimore, Maryland, lived with my parents in Minnesota (twice), Manhattan, Kansas, Kansas City, Kansas & Missouri (several times each), and Ohio (several times).  Then on my own I lived in Arizona (several times), Nevada, California (several times), and Illinois (several times).  I have traveled through most states in the USA.  I have boated the boundary waters of Canada.  I have kayaked a little in the Pacific Ocean.  I have traveled as far south in the Americas as the Baja Peninsula in the west and the Mexican Yucatan in the east—solo.  I am a former Peace Corps volunteer, (appropriate technology) sited in Mali, West Africa—solo.  On the way back, I saw some of Germany, and a day in Holland.  Since then I have cruised through Caribbean islands, and I have driven a perambulation around each of the major islands of Hawaii—solo.  I spent three weeks in Great Britain, staying on the Isle of Wight, and I toured London and Stonehenge.  A few years ago I took a cruise up the west coast of Norway, going well into the Arctic Circle.  I may have forgotten to list a few past domiciles, but during the conclusion of my life I plan to live in Seattle, Washington.

 

I have not given up hope of actual travel again.  But for 2019, I will work my way through this mixed list: 

 

(I cannot wait and have ready started with China via http://serpentza.com/ & Peru via https://hiddenincatours.com/.)

 

1    Afghanistan

2    Akrotiri

3    Albania

4    Algeria

5    American Samoa

6    Andorra

7    Angola

8    Anguilla

9    Antarctica

10   Antigua and Barbuda

11   Argentina

12   Armenia

13   Aruba

14   Ashmore and Cartier Islands

15   Australia

16   Austria

17   Azerbaijan

18   Bahamas, The

19   Bahrain

20   Bangladesh

21   Barbados

22   Bassas da India

23   Belarus

24   Belgium

25   Belize

26   Benin

27   Bermuda

28   Bhutan

29   Bolivia

30   Bosnia and Herzegovina

31   Botswana

32   Bouvet Island

33   Brazil

34   British Indian Ocean Territory

35   British Virgin Islands

36   Brunei

37   Bulgaria

38   Burkina Faso

39   Burma

40   Burundi

41   Cambodia

42   Cameroon

43   Canada

44   Cape Verde

45   Cayman Islands

46   Central African Republic

47   Chad

48   Chile

49   China

50   Christmas Island

51   Clipperton Island

52   Cocos (Keeling) Islands

53   Colombia

54   Comoros

55   Congo, Democratic Republic of the

56   Congo, Republic of the

57   Cook Islands

58   Coral Sea Islands

59   Costa Rica

60   Cote d'Ivoire

61   Croatia

62   Cuba

63   Cyprus

64   Czech Republic

65   Denmark

66   Dhekelia

67   Djibouti

68   Dominica

69   Dominican Republic

70   Ecuador

71   Egypt

72   El Salvador

73   Equatorial Guinea

74   Eritrea

75   Estonia

76   Ethiopia

77   Europa Island

78   Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

79   Faroe Islands

80   Fiji

81   Finland

82   France

83   French Guiana

84   French Polynesia

85   French Southern and Antarctic Lands

86   Gabon

87   Gambia, The

88   Gaza Strip

89   Georgia

90   Germany

91   Ghana

92   Gibraltar

93   Glorioso Islands

94   Greece

95   Greenland

96   Grenada

97   Guadeloupe

98   Guam

99   Guatemala

100  Guernsey

101  Guinea

102  Guinea-Bissau

103  Guyana

104  Haiti

105  Heard Island and McDonald Islands

106  Holy See (Vatican City)

107  Honduras

108  Hong Kong

109  Hungary

110  Iceland

111  India

112  Indonesia

113  Iran

114  Iraq

115  Ireland

116  Isle of Man

117  Israel

118  Italy

119  Jamaica

120  Jan Mayen

121  Japan

122  Jersey

123  Jordan

124  Juan de Nova Island

125  Kazakhstan

126  Kenya

127  Kiribati

128  Korea, North

129  Korea, South

130  Kuwait

131  Kyrgyzstan

132  Laos

133  Latvia

134  Lebanon

135  Lesotho

136  Liberia

137  Libya

138  Liechtenstein

139  Lithuania

140  Luxembourg

141  Macau

142  Macedonia

143  Madagascar

144  Malawi

145  Malaysia

146  Maldives

147  Mali

148  Malta

149  Marshall Islands

150  Martinique

151  Mauritania

152  Mauritius

153  Mayotte

154  Mexico

155  Micronesia, Federated States of

156  Moldova

157  Monaco

158  Mongolia

159  Montserrat

160  Morocco

161  Mozambique

162  Namibia

163  Nauru

164  Navassa Island

165  Nepal

166  Netherlands

167  Netherlands Antilles

168  New Caledonia

169  New Zealand

170  Nicaragua

171  Niger

172  Nigeria

173  Niue

174  Norfolk Island

175  Northern Mariana Islands

176  Norway

177  Oman

178  Pakistan

179  Palau

180  Panama

181  Papua New Guinea

182  Paracel Islands

183  Paraguay

184  Peru

185  Philippines

186  Pitcairn Islands

187  Poland

188  Portugal

189  Puerto Rico

190  Qatar

191  Reunion

192  Romania

193  Russia

194  Rwanda

195  Saint Helena

196  Saint Kitts and Nevis

197  Saint Lucia

198  Saint Pierre and Miquelon

199  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

200  Samoa

201  San Marino

202  Sao Tome and Principe

203  Saudi Arabia

204  Senegal

205  Serbia and Montenegro

206  Seychelles

207  Sierra Leone

208  Singapore

209  Slovakia

210  Slovenia

211  Solomon Islands

212  Somalia

213  South Africa

214  South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

215  Spain

216  Spratly Islands

217  Sri Lanka

218  Sudan

219  Suriname

220  Svalbard

221  Swaziland

222  Sweden

223  Switzerland

224  Syria

225  Taiwan

226  Tajikistan

227  Tanzania

228  Thailand

229  Timor-Leste

230  Togo

231  Tokelau

232  Tonga

233  Trinidad and Tobago

234  Tromelin Island

235  Tunisia

236  Turkey

237  Turkmenistan

238  Turks and Caicos Islands

239 Tuvalu

240  Uganda

241  Ukraine

242  United Arab Emirates

243  United Kingdom

244  United States

245  Uruguay

246  Uzbekistan

247  Vanuatu

248  Venezuela

249  Vietnam

250  Virgin Islands

251  Wake Island

252  Wallis and Futuna

253  West Bank

254  Western Sahara

255  Yemen

256  Zambia

257  Zimbabwe

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...

*  https://www.listofcountriesoftheworld.com/

Caption:  Map of the World in Mollweide projection—which shows the relative size of countries.

(open sourced, with royalty free curlicue clip art)

 

 

 

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