40 Most Unusual or Obscure Countries I Have Visited

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40 Most Unusual or Obscure Countries I Have Visited

If you have followed the blog for what is now 10 years, you might be aware I have a passion for the obscure and absurd. Backpacking places like Rome, Paris and New York just didn’t excite me any more. It has to be a little bit off the wall, off the map, somewhere lots of people haven’t heard of. So I started backpacking to villages like Pelplin, Tashkurgan, Ballyhalbert and to debated countries like Austenasia, Monaco, Uzupis and Podjistan. This is all part of my current mission to backpack to 200 countries by the age of 40.

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40 Most Unusual or Obscure Countries I Have Visited

I decided to concoct this post on the 40 Most Unusual or Obscure Countries I have Visited, but placed it on my current blog, a new blog which I just introduced to you all!

Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Top 40 Debated Countries or Regions I Have Backpacked Through

And at a glance here is the full list of the first 40 unusual or obscure countries I have backpacked through:

1.Antarctica
2.Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh)
3.Austenasia
4.French Guyana
5.Transnistria
6.Kashubia (Kaszuby)
7.Basque Country (Euskadi)
8.Adammia
9.The People’s Republic of Podjistan
10.The Republic of Uzupis
11.Catalonia
12.Gibraltar
13.Ladonia (Nimis)
14.Kosovo
15.Karakalpakstan
16.Gorno Badakhshan (The Pamirs)
17.The Republic of Frestonia
18.Freetown Christiania
19.The Kingdom of Lovely
20.The Lagoan Isles
21.The Faroe Islands
22.Hong Kong
23.Macau
24.The Principality of Monaco
25.The Vatican City State
26.International Waters/Divers
27.Don’t Stop Living (DSL Republic)
28.Iraqi Kurdistan
29.Druze
30.Maasai
31.Kaliningrad
32.Sark
33.Herm
34.Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ)
35.Andaman Islands
36.Macedonia
37.Krolestwo Dreamland
38.Donkey Kong Country
39.Narnia
40.Leblandia

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I'm Jonny Blair, a travelling Northern Irishman. Since leaving my hometown a decade ago I have managed to visit over 100 countries and over 600 towns or cities across all 7 continents. Along the way I have worked in countless jobs! Join my journey on Don't Stop Living - a lifestyle of travel as I provide you with tips and inspiration to live your travel dreams! Safe travels! Follow me on Jonny Blair Google Plus
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6 Responses to 40 Most Unusual or Obscure Countries I Have Visited

  1. ross says:

    mighty stuff! that list looks awesome! great accomplishment !

  2. Jonny Blair says:

    Hi Ross, thanks for the comment. It was quite a great accomplishment I guess although along the way I met a few nasty people who lied to me and disrespected my blogs and journeys. Safe travels. Jonny

  3. sam says:

    Erm… how is Monaco a “debated country”?

  4. Jonny Blair says:

    Hi Sam, thanks for your comment. It’s all down to opinion on all of these, and nobody id right or wrong. Many don’t recognise Monaco. I personally do but many many people who don’t. They have NO currecny of their own, no language, no real border to France, no international football team and even their local team play their matches in the French League. So in that sense Gibraltar (which has all of those different to bordering Spain) is a country and Monaco is not. However, I still recognise both. Which ones do you debate on my list? Safe travels. Jonny

  5. sam says:

    Monaco has a strange status and setup to be sure, but that doesn’t equal illegitimacy. Can you be specific as to who the “many” are that don’t recognize them? I have never heard of (and can’t find in my research) a single country, political party, lobbying bloc, or even a news commentator oppose their status as a sovereign state or their entry into the UN, the Eurozone, the Council of Europe, etc.

    Lots of states – extant, potential, or former – have had their statuses questioned, debated, negotiated, and fought over on the international stage in modern history, such as the former Yugoslavian regions that ultimately became countries, Kashmir, Taiwan, South Sudan, Tibet, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Puerto Rico, Cyprus, hell – even Northern Ireland. But I cannot find evidence of any such controversy regarding Monaco, other than where to put their football team, and the fact that France is a tad annoyed that French citizens set up camp there as a tax shelter. So please link in some sources?

  6. Jonny Blair says:

    Hi Sam, did you even read the article? It is about disputed and unusual territories and regions! Even your response admits it is strange! What you are trying to do is get me to remove it from the list just to keep you happy? Is that what you want? If so I will do it but it seems ludicrous!!

    I cannot be specific as I never ask for people’s names if I don;t respect them. Jim from Ballyclare, David from Arizona, Belinda from Madagascar and the Empire of Uzerbogijan! No sources will be linked as I am busy enough – you add them in instead as you have more time than me – wind yer neck in or complain about something else instead of trying to lead me to suicide again. Safe travels. Jonny

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