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Do you have a “countries visited” list? We do! While we’re not on some big mission to visit every country in the world or reach a specific travel goal before we kick the bucket, it’s always exciting to explore a new country for the first time! New foods, new languages, new landscapes, and new views on the world. We can never get our fill of travel.
Here’s our modest list of countries we’ve had the opportunity to visit in our years of traveling. We still have soooo many places on our bucket list, and we’re looking forward to our countries visited list continuing to grow in the coming years.
This is still such an under-appreciated travel destination.
The volcanic island of Ometepe offers unspoiled hiking and is surrounded by the massive Lake Nicaragua with waves so big it’s like an ocean.
Where else can you swim in a lake with freshwater sharks??
6. El Salvador (Carrie)
Carrie’s days there involve sleeping in a hammock, giant volcanoes, ocean breezes, and fresh ceviche on the beach.
No wonder she wants to go back.
7. Guatemala (Carrie)
Can we all just agree – the Mayan ruins of Tikal?
How could they build stuff like that?
8. Panama (Carrie)
The Panama Canal is pretty impressive in person, and Old Panama City is lovely.
Kayaking at Placencia, chillin’ with zoo animals in a monsoon, and declining the “mandatory” military escort to the Mayan ruins of Caracol so you can experience it without the tourist crowds are “must dos.”
Talk about a great choice for our honeymoon.
How did we miss Honduras?! It’s the one country in Central America neither of us has visited.
Countries Visited – Europe
We’re not gonna lie, it really is as picturesque as all the travel brochures claim.
Tinkling bells on shiny brown cows, snow-capped peaks as far as the eye can see in the Alps, endless activities for outdoor lovers, and four official languages packed into this tiny landlocked country make it an absolute dream to visit.
Pretty sure Linkoping is the home of the best potato lingonberry pancakes in the world.
Barcelona, the first city Carrie visited outside the US, ignited her passion for travel when she was 19.
She finally got the chance to return 17 years later with Travis, and now neither of them gets tired of exploring there.
Madrid, Pamplona, Basque Country – Spain stole our hearts from the beginning.
Oh Heidelberg, if only this job offer had come through. We had already found a rooftop apartment with a view of the castle.
Ironic that we moved to Switzerland instead, that that job also turned out to be a bust, and then we ended up moving to Germany after all.
Hiking Samaria Gorge on the island of Crete is a must. Rarely have we ever experienced such hospitality when traveling.
10/10 would go back in a heartbeat.
The language might be tough to master, but so many folks speak English, you won’t have a problem.
The windmills, wooden shoes, and tulips in Holland charmed us completely, and the beaches and national parks are under-rated – perfect for offbeat travelers looking to avoid the crowds.
Spain’s western neighbor has been growing in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Tourism is well established with plenty of lodging options and price ranges, but it’s still possible to find offbeat beaches and attractions that aren’t too crowded.
And Sintra, what a beaut!
The Bock Casemates are fascinating fortifications to explore in Luxembourg City, and the rolling fields and hilltop castles are ideal for hiking, especially if you’re traveling with your dog.
Countries Visited – Asia
Where else can you zip line from a UNESCO World Heritage site like the Great Wall at Simatai? Shanghai and Suzhou offer so much to see, too. One day we’d love to go back and explore more of the rural areas, to hike the high mountains and cruise the Yellow River.