Posted: June 29 2019
The UN has 193 member states. I have been to (only) 84 of them. See the list at the bottom of this post.
I reckon that I can include 6 territories so to all intents and purposes I will categorically state that my 'grand total' is 90:
Hong Kong: they have their own money, passports and licence plates.
Taiwan: they have their own money, passports and licence plates.
Abkhazia: they have their own passports, licence plates (they use Russian Rubles).
Transnistria: they have their own money, passports and licence plates.
Nagorno Karabakh: the Artsakh passport is not legally recognised by the international community and it is used only within the borders of Artsakh and for travel to three other post-Soviet disputed states; Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Transnistria, they use Armenia Dram and Armenian licence plates though with a '22' or '90' regional code.
Western Sahara: I might struggle to convince you as to why this one gets included. But by definition it is a 'disputed territory'
I declare that I have been to 5 other territories that are not included in my 'visited' list:
Adjara: this is classed as an 'autonomous republic'. It falls under Georgia.
Catalonia: this is classed as an 'autonomous community'. It falls under Spain.
Basque Country: this is classed as an 'autonomous community'. It falls under Spain.
Karakalpakstan: this is classed as an 'autonomous republic'. It falls under Uzbekistan.
Gorno - Badakhshan: this is classed as an 'autonomous region'. It falls under Tajikistan.
Sorry to the inhabitants of the above. I know you are fiercely independent but you don't have your own passports (yet), money or licence plates. Gorno - Badakhshan comes close cos you do need a permit to visit. But you are all 'autonomous' and, for that reason alone you are not included in my list.
There are 4 others, all hard to categorise and do not even get considered as I did not spend the night there:
Ceuta: Spanish enclave in Morocco.
Melilla: Spanish enclave in Morocco.
Uzupis: self declared republic.
Palestine: is a de jure sovereign state but they get their own passport they have their own licence plates. If I had slept in Palestine, I would include it in my list!
Other disputed territories, de facto states that I would like to visit some day, but would they be included?
South Ossetia: is a disputed territory but they have their own passports for the purpose of international travel and identification purposes within South Ossetia but many citizens are issued with Russian passports for reasons of practicality. Would I include South Ossetia in my list if I were to Backpack there, and of course stay the night? Yes!
Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics: Self proclaimed Republics. Both have a 'travel warning'. Would they be included? N0
Somaliland: self declared state, internationally recognised as an 'autonomous region' of Somalia. Would I include it? It's a close call. There's that word 'autonomous'.
Kosovo: 102 UN member states recognise Kosovo. The list of who 'doesn't recognise' them makes interesting reading. It astounds me that territories with limited recognition, South Ossetia, Transnistria, Somaliland, among others, do not recognise them. WTH. Would I include Kosovo? Of course!
Macau: It's 'autonomous', but they have their own passports. They have their own currency but HK dollars are used, widespread and have their own licence plates. Include? Yup
Gibraltar: God Save The Queen. Include or not? What a question! Of course!
Northern Cyrus: A de facto State only recognised by Turkey. Hmm. They have their own passport but no one recognise it. They use Turkish Lira. Would I include it? a close call!
I have transited through Lichtenstein, I do not consider any countries that I have passed though or will pass through, ever.
Alphabetical List of UN Member States Visited (shows year of first visit):
This is really just a bit of fun. It's hard to decide whether a territory should be included or not. Autonomous, de facto or partially recognised. The UN lists 193. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office state that there are 225 countries and territories which only gives me 3 more on top of the UN list: Hong Kong, Taiwan and Western Sahara.
I want to get to 100 soon. I've got 2 more definites lined up for this year.