Every once in a while, when I can’t sleep, I count the countries in the world. I know it sounds crazy and it’s probably counter-productive to concentrate on names and numbers when trying to drift off to sleep, but I can’t help it.

There are 195 countries in the world. 196 if you count Taiwan.

I’ve lived in 3. And I’ve been to 41. Which, when you think of it, is nothing. It’s a little more than 1/5 of the entire world and what really, REALLY, gets me, is that although I’ve traveled more than the average person, there still is so much world I haven’t seen. And when I think of how many countries I haven’t seen yet, then I really can’t sleep anymore. I feel like I’m wasting time. I feel like I’ll never get to see all the places I want to see.

But then I try to rationalize. I travel a lot. In 2016 I’ve been to Poland, Spain, Lithuania, Greece, the UK, Ireland, and Estonia – so I guess I shouldn’t complain after all. It was a good year of traveling and after such a good year, I can only hope that 2017 will be as good, if not better.

Up until March I’ve used my free time to go skiing, but once the winter is over it will be time to get exploring. As usual I have an incredible number of ideas, and wish I had enough time and money to realize them all.

I want to visit some European countries I’ve never been to: Portugal, Denmark, Serbia, Iceland.

I’m still dreaming of taking a trip in Southeast Asia: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand have been on my list for so long it’s beginning to look ridiculous.

I’d love to take the Trans-Siberian railway through Russia, Mongolia and down to China.

And, of course, there are countries I’d love to go back to: the UK because I have never been to Cornwall and I’d love to. Greece because I love the Greek islands. Riga and Tallinn because the Baltic countries are so cool and so much fun.

Of course, unless I win the lottery, I won’t be able to do it all in 2017. But I’ll try my best. To travel as much and as far as I can. And to win the lottery. That too.

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