Every international traveler knows the joy of flipping through their passport, counting the stamps, and reminiscing on past trips. And with passport stamps seemingly going the way of the pager, every new addition to that government-issued booklet feels increasingly precious.
Visas are about more than just travel nostalgia, however, and the ones we rack up have the potential to impact, possibly even prevent, future trips. Though American travelers are lucky that, like the dollar, US passports are powerful currency, all travelers should be apprised of the political and social statuses of the countries they plan to visit to ensure they never have problems at immigration. These are the passport stamps you’re better off without if you want to see every country in the world — or simply want to keep your options open.