Random Travel Game: Time Spent in Each Country or Disputed Territory

Following on from my Random Travel game (League of Nations) , my list of EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD and my list of countries I’ve visited by flag, here is a new random travel game – time spent in each country. I’ve made yet another league table of how many individual days I have spent in each country on my backpacking centurion journey so far.

The World Wall of Flags at the Monk's Bunk.

Random Travek Game: How many days in each country?

The Rules of this Random Travel Game: Time Spent in Each Country or Disputed Territory

– You get 1 day for every day spent in that country (even if it was for one minute, you get a day, 24 hours and 1 minute is also two days, crossing midnight also counts as a new day).
– The time goes by the time in the country you are/were in, including customs and airport/land border.
– If you visit two (or three or four) countries on the same day, you get a day for each country of course (hence why the list is even possible to have more days on it than days we are alive!).
– When flight and train changes to another country mean you have left the country you were in, and progress to a new country, they are counted in this chart (I don’t count them in my normal travel journeys unless I’ve actually seen the country).
– Transit visits to airports and train stations are counted on the list as ZERO days (therefore I have spent 0 days in Kenya).

So I’ve done the same with my travel lifestyle since the day I was born. I hope that kind of makes sense, so here are the results, I cannot guarantee 100% accuracy but I have done my best. These are the countries I have been to on the most days since 1980, correct as of 16th July 2015:

Days – Country (Rank)

8,395 – Northern Ireland (1)
2,190 –  England (2)
1,095 – Hong Kong (3)
724 – Poland (4)
508 – Australia (5)
64 – China (6)
59 – Republic of Ireland (7)
48 – United States of America (8)
38 – Spain (9)
38 – Scotland (10)
37 – Brazil
35 – India
29 – France *
29 – Iran
27 – Guatemala

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(after this it got hard to remember and check the exact days and put them in order)
74 – Kyrgyzstan
3 – Afghanistan
11 – Uzbekistan
8 – Tajikistan
10 – Kazakhstan
22 – New Zealand
24 – Turkey
20 – Georgia
18 – Argentina
17 – Italy
17 – Germany
17 – Canada
16 – Malaysia
16 – Thailand
16 – Israel
15 – Sweden
15 – South Africa
14 – Honduras
15 – Romania
12 – Antarctica (counted as the day we left Argentina to the day we returned)
10 – Bolivia
10 – Russia
8 – Malta
1 – Sovereign Military Order of Malta
1 – Northern Cyprus
4 – Cyprus
2 – Ivory Coast
2 – Western Sahara
5 – Morocco
4 – Benin
6 – Togo
8 – Sri Lanka
11 – Suriname
10 – Indonesia
10 – Azerbaijan
13 – Netherlands
8 – South Korea
7 – Jordan
7 – Armenia
7 – North Korea
9 – Singapore
7 – Wales
7 – Philippines
15 –  Hungary
6 – Turkmenistan
12 – Saudi Arabia
4 – Oman
10 – Portugal
7 – Myanmar
7 – Lithuania
7 – East Timor

6 – Tanzania
7 – Czech Republic
6 – Colombia
6 –  Guyana

5 – Ethiopia
7 – United Arab Emirates

9 – Denmark
4 – Palestine
4 – Venezuela
4 –  Qatar
4 –  Moldova
4 – Latvia
4 – Slovenia
4 – Swaziland
7 – Slovakia
3 – Botswana
3 – Macau
5 – Switzerland
5 – Ecuador
3 – Paraguay
4 – Nagorno Karabakh
3 – Andorra
2 – San Marino
2 – Chile
1 – Liechtenstein
1 – Luxembourg
1 – Trinidad and Tobago
9 – Belgium
4 – Mongolia
14 – Belarus
6 – Laos
6 – Cambodia
7 – Peru
6 – Iceland
8 – Austria
4 – Japan
7 – Greece
3 – Brunei
7 – French Guyana
22 – Mexico
7 – Belize
29 – Iran
21 – Uruguay
17 – Taiwan
11 – El Salvador
10 – Iraq
4 – Nicaragua
5 – Costa Rica
3 – Kosovo
4 – Montenegro
4 – FYR Macedonia
6 – Bulgaria
2 – Transnistria
6 – Vietnam
8 – Tunisia
1 – Vatican City
4 – Kuwait
1 – Austenasia
2 – Gibraltar
2 – Uzupis
2 – Panama
2 – Algeria
1 – Frestonia
1 – Christiania
10 – Bosnia-Herzegovina
1 – Lovely
6 – Kaliningrad
8 – Kashubia
1 – Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
5 – Ukraine

* I’ve never been to Kenya and don’t count it on my real countries list. I stopped at Mombasa airport for an hour in between 2 countries so it qualifies for this list only.
** If I counted ferry dockings while working on the ferries France would be around 70
*** If I had included the Channel Islands, or even crazier included them separately, the results would bring Guernsey and Jersey into the top 10. Crazy.
**** Extra countries/territories included in the Traveler’s Century Club list are Tasmania, two Antarctic territories and Channel Islands. I haven’t included them on this.

Conclusion
This is a crap system to work out how well travelled you are, as my home country of Northern Ireland comes first, meaning I haven’t really travelled at all! If it’s any consolation, most of these days spent in Northern Ireland were in the first 20 years of my life. In the last 6 years, I have registered 10 visits and less than 60 days.

It’s only a random travel game for fun, but I like it!

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