263 Countries and Territories in 263 Days

26 July 2021

Madagascar

Ivato International Airport (FMMI/TNR)

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To the fourth largest island in the world, and one that took humans over 300,000 years to discover. Not only that, but given that humans were thought to have originated from the African continent, it comes as a surprise that the island was not discovered any sooner. Regardless, the large population places it ahead of countries such as Sri Lanka and Australia. Despite that, it unfortunately has been rated as one of the more unhappy places to be in the world, ranking the 14th least happy country in the world.


81 Country and Territories Controlled, 182 Uncontrolled, 182 days to go

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27 July 2021

Curaçao

Curaçao International Airport (TNCC/CUR)

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Curaçao, being a constituent country of the Netherlands, takes plenty of queues from the Netherlands itself. Seen very clearly with its architecture, it looks like it was taken straight from the Netherlands. Apart from that, Curaçao is also best known for the Blue Curaçao drink, which is flavoured with a bitter orange laraha peel, which is commonly found on the island itself.


82 Country and Territories Controlled, 181 Uncontrolled, 181 days to go

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28 July 2021

Mayotte

Dzaoudzi–Pamandzi International Airport (FMCZ/DMA)

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Mayotte comprises two of the southernmost islands of the Comoros archipelago. It lies on a volcanic range which forms violent hills and steep ridges along the coastline. Alongside that, the economy relies on the farming of cash crops like vanilla pods, coffee beans and coconuts, while the service sector makes up the remainder of the economy. Common exports includes farmed fishes and cash crops, while imports are comprised of food products, as well as machinery and chemicals.


83 Country and Territories Controlled, 180 Uncontrolled, 180 days to go

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29 July 2021

Comoros

Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport (FMCH/HAH)

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Sitting on the northwestern end of the Comoros archipelago, Comoros is an island formed by a volcanic range. Despite sharing the same archipelago as Mayotte, Comoros has repeatedly laid claim to the island as a part of it’s country. Although change is unlikely, as becoming a part of Comoros requires the support of the people, they maintain a friendly relation with France who considers Mayotte a region of France.


84 Country and Territories Controlled, 179 Uncontrolled, 179 days to go

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30 July 2021

Australia

Adelaide Airport (YPAD/ADL)

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Australia is often one of the most favoured countries in the world to visit. Having personally been to Australia a handful of times, as well as having bought plenty of wine in Australia, I can safely say that they have some of the best wine anybody could buy. Not to mention, being a produced of over a trillion bottles of wine every year, Australia’s wine industry places it well in the top 10 largest wine producing countries in the world.


85 Country and Territories Controlled, 178 Uncontrolled, 178 days to go

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31 July 2021

Cape Verde

Amílcar Cabral International Airport (GVAC/SID)

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Cape Verde lies off the western coast of Senegal, filled with volcanoes, known for its warm and tropical climate, as well as the rich culture and cuisine which the island is perhaps most famous for. Having been influenced by the Portuguese in time’s past, Cape Verde has recently been progressing at a rate that is considered unseen. With Barack Obama describing the island nation as a real success story, as well as professing his love for the island.


86 Country and Territories Controlled, 177 Uncontrolled, 177 days to go

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1 August 2021

Senegal

Blaise Diagne International Airport (GOBD/DSSS)

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Senegal is perhaps known to be the finishing point for the prestigious Dakar Rally, which as a motorsports fan, is an event filled with races from bikes, to cars, to trucks and everything in between. It’s no wonder that this race is consistently filled with the best drivers in the world, and Senegal as the host nation for this country year after year.


87 Country and Territories Controlled, 176 Uncontrolled, 176 days to go

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Very nice scenery in Mauritius, and you will never get bored there, haha. Good luck on your endeavors my man! Hope to see you around sometime at a random airport, lol. :)

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2 August 2021

Mauritania

Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport (GQNO/NKC)

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After gaining its independence from France in 1960, Mauritania has had plenty of lingering French influence, still heavily using France to this day, and having its education system shaped by the language too. Not to mention, being a newly formed country, its capital, Nouakchott, is one of the newest capitals in the world.


88 Country and Territories Controlled, 175 Uncontrolled, 175 days to go

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3 August 2021

Puerto Rico

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (TJSJ/SJU)

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Puerto Rico is home to perhaps one of the most famous scientific instrument, that being the Arecibo Telescope at the Arecibo Observatory. One of the most famous research it took part in is the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, known as SETI, as well as the telescope from which the Arecibo Message was sent from, aimed at the Messier 13 cluster, 25,000 light years away. Unfortunately, it collapsed in 2020 due to a structural failure, and has since been decommissioned.

89 Country and Territories Controllled, 174 Uncontrollled, 174 days to go

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4 August 2021

Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

Hassan I Airport (GMML/EUN)

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Although it’s status as a sovereign state is often disputed by forces within the territory, as well as the neighbouring country of Morocco, the UN recognises it as a “non-self-governing territory”, and many countries are split on recognising it as a territory that has claims of differing powers on it. Nonetheless, recent tensions has led to many countries freezing their support for the nation, and with the United Nation’s stance of wanting the conflict to be solved by self-determination, perhaps we might be here for longer than we hope for.


90 Country and Territories Controlled, 173 Uncontrolled, 173 days to go

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5 August 2021

Morocco

Casablanca Mohammed airport (GMMN/CMN)

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When people think of Morocco, its perhaps most well known for sand dunes that run for hundreds of kilometers. Being one of the largest tourist destinations for those willing to ride a camel through the desert, or maybe have some high octane excitement through the use of dune buggies or ATVs, Morocco has managed to turn the desolate desert into a world famous tourist attractions. Meanwhile for those wishing to visit the city, historical monuments line every corner, ensuring that your visit is never not enjoyable.


91 Country and Territories Controlled, 172 Uncontrolled, 172 days to go

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6 August 2021

Algeria

Houari Boumediene Airport (DAAG/ALG)

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When thinking of North African countries that line the Mediterranean Ocean, Algeria is hard to ignore. Geographically, it played host to plenty of settlers, from the Roman Empire in the formative years of the country, through to the Umayyad Conquest which brought with it the religion of Islam. However, more commonly known for in recently times, Spain and France has always had a major presence, with Spain having multiple enclaves within the country, as well as France once being the colonisers to the nation. Since the brutally fought Algerian War of Independence, the presence of the French has been drastically reduced, although remnants of France such as the use of French, continues to be a part of the daily Algerian life.


92 Country and Territories Controlled, 171 Uncontrolled, 171 days to go

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7 August 2021

Mali

Modibo Keita International Airport (GABS/BKO)

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Mali is the largest country in Western Africa, with a size that is about twice as large as the state of Texas. However, as large as the country is, most of the country’s population could be found around the Niger River, which the capital of Mali, Bamako, also lies on. Despite the large nation and access to waterways, the country is still one of the poorest in the world, with over 70% of the population living under the poverty line. While this is the case in the present day, Mali is often seen as the settling site of many Islamic traders in the middle ages, easily being the most successful traders at the time of their rule in the region.


93 Country and Territories Controlled, 170 Uncontrolled, 170 days to go

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8 August 2021

Burkina Faso

Bobo Dioulasso Airport (DFOO/BOY)

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Not as well known as many other African countries, Burkina Faso is often forgotten due to it’s relatively small size, as well as its limited natural resources which has historically hindered their economic development. However, being the leading nation when it comes to arts and craft, and is the largest market for craftworks in Africa.


94 Country and Territories Controlled, 169 Uncontrolled, 169 days to go

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9 August 2021

Niger

Diori Hamani International Airport (DRRN/NIM)

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Despite sitting on one of the world’s largest uranium deposits, Niger is closing it’s uranium mines, citing unprofitability as one of the key reasons. However, since it’s opening in the 1970s, it has gone on to produce over 75,000 tonnes of uranium, being a major source for many power plants, as well as the source for many nuclear researchers to conduct experiments with. Not to mention, having some of the highest quality uranium in the world does mean that they are often sought, although many environmentalists have cited contamination as a big issue within the country itself.


95 Country and Territories Controlled, 168 Uncontrolled, 168 days to go

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10 August 2021

United States Virgin Islands

Cyril E. King Airport (TIST/STT)

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The US Virgin Islands is often seen as a great holiday destinations for Americans, partly due to the fact that the islands are seen as territory of the United States. However, a unique aspect that this island has as a selling point is that it’s the only part of the United States that has coasts along the Caribbean Sea as well as the Atlantic Ocean. Not to mention, the United States Virgin Island is the only part of the United States that drives on the left, whereas the rest of the country drives on the right.


96 Country and Territories Controlled, 167 Uncontrolled, 167 days to go

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11 August 2021

Tunisia

Tunis–Carthage International Airport (DTTA/TUN)

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Tunisia perhaps comes across as a cultural melting pot of gold. Over the years, it has went from the rule of the Ottoman all the way to the rule of the French, and whilst this changes, what didn’t change for many years is the large populations of Jewish and Christians which lived among a Muslim majority nation. Coasting the Mediterranean Sea, and in proximity to Malta and Southern Italy, it’s no secret that the climate there is more than pleasant, with cool temperatures throughout the year.


97 Country and Territories Controlled, 166 Uncontrolled, 166 days to go

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12 August 2021

Libya

Tripoli International Airport (HLLT/TIP)

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Historically, Libya was never a wealthy country, and for many years, was almost entirely dependent on foreign aid and relief. Until the discovery of oil and gas in the country was made, Libya never gained much attention. However, the discovery of oil and gas, as well as the events of the coup d’état brought with it a wrath of new changes, such as a new government, and a new form of leadership. For many years, it was a progressive country making good use of its natural resources, becoming one of the wealthier nations in the region, until it came crumbling down in the first civil war which took place in 2011.


98 Country and Territories Controlled, 165 Uncontrolled, 165 days to go

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13 August 2021

Bahrain

Bahrain International Airport (OBBI/BAH)

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Bahrain is the third smallest country in Asia, with only Singapore and the Maldives having a smaller landmass than Bahrain. However, this doesn’t stop Bahrain from putting itself on the world’s map. It was the first country in the Middle East to discover its oil reserves and start drilling for it back in 1931. In more recent times, it has played host to F1 races at the Sakhir Circuit which is highly regarded as Track Designer, Hermann Tilke’s best tracks. And to top it all off, Bahrain has the largest underwater dive resort, with a sunken B747-200 as a site for divers to explore.


99 Country and Territories Controlled, 164 Uncontrolled, 164 days to go

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