Why I Count Countries
I’ve been to 84 countries! Here’s why I keep count, even though some consider it a faux pas.
One of the strangest things I’ve encountered in the travel blogging community is the debate surrounding “country counting” (talk about First World problems!). Tallying up the amount of countries one has been to and sharing it with others is sometimes seen as tacky and inauthentic by the travellers who refuse to keep track. The pervasive line of thinking is that “real” travellers don’t keep count — they travel “organically,” while country counters plow through foreign territories with the singular purpose of attaining a higher number. “Real” travellers soak up the true essence and culture of a place, while country counters are in it for the passport stamp and (humble)bragging rights; likewise, “real” travellers choose where they go based on preferences and return to their favourites, while country counters go just about anywhere new JUST so they can add yet another country to their list.