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Vatican City is recognized as a country. For example the CIA's World Factbook and UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office both refer to it as a country. What I suggest: count it as a country, but raise your target to 51. Win-win. :-)


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Israel allows Citizens of all countries to enter its borders, as long as they have an appropriate visa. There are countries for whose citizens Israel doesn't require a visa for a tourist stay of no more than 90 days. Malaysia and the other countries that don't recognize Israel and don't have diplomatic relations with Israel are not on that list so a ...


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I'd stump up Saudi Arabia as number one for a simple reason: it's the only country I know of which does not offer tourist visas, full stop. (They used to, with tight controls and for groups only, but apparently do not any more.) And unlike eg. Russia, you can't just ring up a hotel and get them to "invite" you into the country. Even getting a legitimate ...


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Probably Somalia. In 2010, there was a Canadian man who disembarked from his plane in Mogadishu claiming to be a tourist, and the officials were in such disbelief that Somalia had a tourist that they detained him and it made the news. An immigration official is quoted as saying that the Canadian was “the first person to come to Mogadishu only for tourism". ...


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(Full resolution) Traditional Islamic law is known as Sharia. By and large, countries following it or having a dual system of civil law as well as Sharia is depicted in this map. As a traveller, this is something you need to watch out for as a country you're visiting may have laws not commonly found in civil law found in most other countries. What makes ...


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At different times in history, there has been suggested that a Quadripoint - or meeting of four countries, existed in Africa - between Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. However this is generally now not believed to be true, with instead two tripoints quite close to each other marked. Instead, the most is three, known as a tripoint. Amazingly, there ...


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For establishing such a list, one needs to identify the possible barriers that would make travel difficult. I can think of: Natural barriers, like in Antartica or Sahara. Political barriers, like in North Korea or Tibet. Cultural/Religious barriers, like in Amish communities or in Mecca. Financial barriers, like in Bhutan or Switzerland. Of course these ...


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Technically, I don't believe that the US has a list of countries that would automatically disqualify you from entry if you have visited them. However, immigration officers have a large degree of discretion when it comes to denying entry to non-citizens. If you are unfortunate enough to run into an ignorant, prejudiced, or suspicious agent at the border, ...


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Well this list has an index to ALL the Wikipedia pages for lighthouses in the world. I'll ignore lightvessels for this question. For European countries: Belgium - 6 Bulgaria - 5 Denmark - 6 Estonia - 42 Finland - 9 France - several Wales - 25ish Scotland - tons Portugal - 44 continental, more in Azores Spain - tons Sweden - 20ish England - 50ish Norway - ...


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There is no list published by the US government as mentioned in the other answer, but I know people who were refused US visas in different US embassies/consulates because they have visited one or more of these countries: Iran Syria Pakistan Sudan Bahrain The list could be longer, and visiting one of these countries doesn't mean you will be refused but ...


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Regarding Turkey, Egypt and Jordan: The three countries have diplomatic relations and peace treaties with Israel. From personal experience you can enter Turkey with an Israeli passport, and from people I personally know, the same goes for Egypt and Jordan. So an Israeli stamp in the passport isn't a problem. Regarding Malaysia, which doesn't have ...


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To some extent, this depends how you define a "country". For one definition of country, the maximum countries that meet at a single point is 7. The countries that meet at this single point are : Argentina Australia Chile France New Zealand Norway United Kingdom The point where they all meet? Latitude 90 degrees South - otherwise known as the South ...


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Vatican City is generally recognized as a country by most authorities, and has international recognition as such. It may not be a very big country (indeed, it is smaller than the US Pentagon), but it is a country nonetheless. If your goal is purely on the number of countries reached, then you should definitely count it as one (and you should also visit San ...


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Another answer, courtesy of an email response from Russ Rowlett of The Lighthouse Directory: All the European countries have many lighthouses, but they differ in how accessible they are. The Netherlands has a large number of major lighthouses within a small area, and most of them are accessible. Portugal has many beautiful lighthouses and they are ...


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There are 192 members by the UN (193 if you count the Vatican, which is an observer without voting rights). There are 196 that qualify as 'independent countries'. List of countries by capital. Arguments via about.com This is debatable. For instance, I would say Taiwan is a country... many people would disagree with me. Scotland and Wales I would not count ...


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From a mathematical point of view, computing the optimal route is actually rather interesting. The shortest route between all European capitals is a classic case of the traveling salesman problem, and here's one potential solution: (courtesy u/OmgU8MyRice on r/MapPorn) Which comes out to 22,151 km, but it omits Iceland (tut tut) and you need to fly ...


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If the Interwebz are to be believed, that would be Yuma, Arizona. According to the town's website (also backed by National Climatic Data Center), 91% of the time it's sunny there, amounting to more than 4000 hours of sunshine annually -- which apparently is also a Guiness World Record. Other sources also concur this: Current Results also lists the top 10 ...


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Tajikistan and Pakistan are 16 km from each other, separated by the Wakhan Corridor which belongs to Afghanistan.


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Canada. The federal government and provincial government each charge a tax which is added to items you buy. The provincial tax is added on top of the federal one usually, unless the province uses what is called Harmonized Tax which combines both. In Quebec for example we have 5% GST (Federal) and 9.5% PST (Provincial). When you add both, with the 9.5% on ...


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Simple answer: YES. Not necessarily in that there are signs, but certainly there are many hitching-friendly countries. Some people on this site would claim you can hitch in any country. Hitchwiki is a great site for checking out the 'hitchability' of a country. It has a list of all countries and their ratings for your quick reference guide. So for ...


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Ah, a place I want to return to - Central Asia! What about Uzbekistan too? ;) Interest regarding scenery and culture Tajikistan is basically a country on mountains. Kyrgyzstan has the flat area around Bishkek, but quickly climbs in any direction out of there. Kyrgyzstan has the lakes (Issyk-Kul is stunning, like a Kyrgyz Cancun!), while the trekking in ...


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North Korea. Very few people go there. There's only one offical tour company.


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There is a somewhat relevant list for that. I only found this PDF linked on from wikipedia with solid numbers, but they never show the raw data; a Top50 by arrivals or by tourist spending is all they offer. Another source for this data seems to be http://www.ipkinternational.com/ - but you have to purchase the records. Wolfram alpha has no data for this ...


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The first country that comes to mind is the Republic of the Maldives. Indeed according to this link no visa is required. I expect this to be the case for most "paradise-like" destinations. If a visa is needed, the best chance to enter visa-free is if you are a Scandinavian, since most countries allow Finns, Swedes and Danes to enter without a visa (source: ...


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Not without getting into what's technically defined as "outer space". From Wikipedia: There is no international agreement on the vertical extent of sovereign airspace (the boundary between outer space—which is not subject to national jurisdiction—and national airspace), with suggestions ranging from about 30 km (19 mi) (the extent of the highest ...


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When it boils down to it, provided all your travel plans go well, it may not be a problem. The 6 month limit is possibly a bit long these days, and indeed only some countries insist on it, but it's there, and it's there for when things go wrong. Every country is trying to get tourists (well, maybe not Saudi Arabia), but to not break the law. You're only ...


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All "normal" mains power supplies should be OK. Most 'universal' supplies will work down to 90 VAC. Most switch mode supplies convert the AC to DC and then deal with that. You can find exotic systems - but not in normal use. Maybe shipboard or aircraft in extreme cases - but nothing that they would supply to members of the public. Rarely in "out of the ...


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I can answer about the Middle East & North Africa only (the politically so-called "Arab World") Egypt and Tunisia are not Muslim Countries since Islamic law is only one of the sources of legislation, not the only one, and used only in specific cases. Muslim Countries are ones like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait...etc (religious states) whose law is only ...


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It seems to depend on what passport you have. Both the tourist information website and the Ecran Airport site say the same thing. For tourist trips of up to 90 days, citiziens of European Union (EU) nations, Turkey, USA, Canada, Mexico, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Australia, New Zealand do not require visa. It looks like all ...


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The Travelers' Century Club, or TCC, is a club for people who have visited 100 or more countries. However these guys have their own definition of a country, from Wikipedia: The TCC has a fairly loose definition of what constitutes a country and has established its own list of currently 321 "countries". This includes not only sovereign states but ...



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