263 Countries and Territories in 263 Days

No, I do not have any plans to do so.

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1 October 2021

Turkey

Istanbul Airport (LTFM/IST)

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Istanbul Airport is perhaps one of the best airports I’ve had the opportunity to fly through. The size of the airport is unbelievable, let alone the Turkish hospitality that everyone would receive not only at the airport, but also throughout the country. A little known fact about Turkey is that they also produce some of the best hand made metal products, most notably being cooking pots and pans and percussion cymbals, where my hobbies in cooking as well as in drumming has led me to learn that Turkey has since played a massive role in my hobbies.


148 Country and Territories Controlled, 115 Uncontrolled, 115 days to go

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2 October 2021

Nauru

Nauru International Airport (ANYN/INU)

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Nauru is the world’s smallest island nation, as well as the third smallest country, only larger than Monaco and the Vatican City. It only has about 30 kilometres of paves road, as well as about 4 kilometres of railway. Phosphate mining was a large part of the country, however, this has since led to the destruction of much of the habitat, as well as the marine life in the vicinity of the island. It also has no military, as they are provided by Australia, but does have a local police force.


149 Country and Territories Controlled, 114 Uncontrolled, 114 days to go

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3 October 2021

Kiribati

Bonriki International Airport (NGTA/TRW)

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Kiribati is infamous for its timezone, as it’s 14 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, which means that it’s always the first to enter a new day, new month and new year. It is also the only country in the world to simultaneously be in the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Hemisphere given its geographic location. On a more sombre note, two islands has since been reclaimed by the ocean as a direct result of a rise in sea level, and the entire country could well be underwater in the next 50 years or so. Even then, its highest point being 81 metres above the sea level would not be enough to sustain a population.


150 Country and Territories Controlled, 113 Uncontrolled, 113 days to go

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4 October 2021

Cook Islands

Rarotonga International Airport (NCRG/RAR)

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The Cook Islands is a part of New Zealand, with all citizens of Cook Island automatically being citizens of New Zealand, as well a being Cook Island nationals which is a status that is not given to other New Zealanders. The island relies primarily on tourism being its largest industry, although offshore banking, pearl farming and fruit exports do also play a major part in the economy of the island. Oddly enough, there are no fast-food chains on the island, encouraging those who visit to try out local foods as well as supporting local businesses.


151 Country and Territories Controlled, 112 Uncontrolled, 112 days to go

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5 October 2021

Dominica

Douglas–Charles Airport (TDPD/DOM)

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Dominica, also known as the The Nature Island of the Caribbean, has all the things you’d want to see as a nature tourist. It’s a volcanic island with a lush rainforest, as well as lakes, gorges, rivers and hot springs all over the island. Morne Trois Pitons National Park is perhaps the most popular attraction as the forest also has waterfalls, lakes and rivers in it. Not to mention, the island is home to the second-largest boiling lake which is heated by gases being released by the volcano, which in turn heats up the water in the lake. It remains at a warm 80 to 90 degrees celsius year round.


152 Country and Territories Controlled, 111 Uncontrolled, 111 days to go

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6 October 2021

Tuvalu

Rotuma Airport (NFNR/RTA)

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While the airport I opened was in Fiji, this was the closest airport to Tuvalu that I was able to control. Besides that, Tuvalu is a country without a capital, although the de facto capital is Vaiaku, as most of the government’s offices are there. The country also relies heavily on nearby countries such as Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and Japan to support the economy of Tuvalu, as most of the population takes part in sustenance farming, as well as relying on remittances from relatives living overseas. The country also part of the Commonwealth Realm, having taken a lot of queues from the western culture imparted during the colonial era.


153 Country and Territories Controlled, 110 Uncontrolled, 110 days to go

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7 October 2021

Papua New Guinea

Jacksons International Airport (AYPY/POM)

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Native to the country of Papua New Guinea, the Hooded Pitohui Bird are only one of a few birds on Earth that are naturally poisonous. In addition to this, their poison has had a positive impact on the ecology of the surrounding land, where many parasites are killed as a result of these birds being out in the wild. Unfortunately, a lot of this is at risk of becoming endangered as a direct result of being affected by mining and logging activities in the vicinity of these forests.


154 Country and Territories Controlled, 109 Uncontrolled, 109 days to go

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8 October 2021

Spain

Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (LEMD/MAD)

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I’ve always thought of Spain as just another boring European country when I first went there about 10 years ago, and I could not have been any more wrong than I was then. This country is easily one of the best countries I’ve been to. Rich in culture, history, sports and everything in between. Not to mention, as the first country to also set up a global empire, their language has had a far reach to all speakers, being the second most spoken language in the world. There’s simply too much to say about a country like Spain, other than I’m just willing to go back there when the opportunity arises as I simply adore everything that this country has had to offer.


155 Country and Territories Controlled, 108 Uncontrolled, 108 days to go

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9 October 2021

Tokelau

Canton Island Airport (PCIS/CIS)

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Tokelau is probably one of the more difficult places to travel to, with plenty of planning needed before getting there. There are no airports or seaports to allow for easy travel in and out of the island, making it difficult for those who wish to travel in and out of the island. It is made out of 3 atolls, with a total land area of about 10 square kilometres.


156 Country and Territories Controlled, 107 Uncontrolled, 107 days to go

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10 October 2021

Wallis and Futuna

Hihifo Airport (NLWW/WLS)

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Wallis and Futuna, a French overseas territory, was originally settled by people from East Asia approximately 3,000 years ago who made ancient pottery that was found throughout the island. The island has a fairly tropical climate, with the weather ranging between 20 to 30 degrees celsius, as well as rainfall frequently exceeding 3,000 millimetres annually. Its location was strategic during the second world war, with the United States military building plenty of infrastructure during the time, which is still in use in this day and age.


157 Country and Territories Controlled, 106 Uncontrolled, 106 days to go

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11 October 2021

Samoa

Faleolo International Airport (NSFA/APW)

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Samoa, not to be confused with American Samoa, is the westernmost island of the Polynesian islands. Samoan culture is arguably central to the Polynesian way of life. Not to mention, like many islands in the region, the tropical climate has seen plenty of holidaymakers has cited the climate and culture to be some of the larger factors in choosing these places as their destination. The country’s archipelago was created as a result of volcanic activity, and while most of the volcanoes are dormant or extinct, there has been geological activity in recent years, with the last eruption occurring about a hundred years ago.


158 Country and Territories Controlled, 105 Uncontrolled, 105 days to go

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12 October 2021

Solomon Islands

Honiara International Airport (AGGH/HIR)

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The Solomon Islands lays to the southeast of Papua New Guinea and has a relatively cool climate for the region that it’s located in. Strong ocean winds keep the place relatively cool, with temperatures that rarely rises above 32 degrees celsius.


159 Country and Territories Controlled, 104 Uncontrolled, 104 days to go

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13 October 2021

American Samoa

Pago Pago International Airport (NSTU/PPG)

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American Samoa, the nation of canned tuna, has an economy built on canned tuna. The country’s export comprises of over 90% of the country’s total export, and all of it is exported to the United States. The United States has also spent a significant sum of money on this island nation to improve the standard of living back in the 1960s, building schools, hospitals, roads and fish canneries, which was what sparked the canned tuna industry.


160 Country and Territories Controlled, 103 Uncontrolled, 103 days to go

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14 October 2021

Martinique

Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport (TFFF/FDF)

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Martinique is a part of France in the Carribean. It is just slightly smaller than the city of New York, and is often referred to as the rum capital of the world. Some of the largest exports from Martinique includes oil and gas products, bananas, rum and avocados, but a large portion of the economy is also formed from the tourism industry. Martinique is also the birthplace of the famous military leader Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife, Josephine.


161 Country and Territories Controlled, 102 Uncontrolled, 102 days to go

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15 October 2021

Saint Lucia

Hewanorra International Airport (TLPL/UVF)

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Saint Lucia is a small island in the Caribbean that is approximately 43 kilometres long and 23 kilometres wide at its widest point. It is a well known volcanic island with geothermal vents being some of the more well-known tourist attractions on the island. Marine life is also incredibly diverse, with multiple species of whales, dolphins and sea turtles are native to the region.


162 Country and Territories Controlled, 101 Uncontrolled, 101 days to go

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16 October 2021

Switzerland

EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (LFSB/BSL)

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Personally, I think that Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries this planet has to offer. Having driven through the alps on the way to the Geneva Motorshow, this nation is well known for luxury and taking it to the extreme. It is also one of the most liveable country in the world, despite the high cost that the country is also well known for. Not to mention, I’m a big fan of Swiss timepieces, a symbol of Swiss luxury in its own right.


163 Country and Territories Controlled, 100 Uncontrolled, 100 days to go

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17 October 2021

Barbados

Grantley Adams International Airport (TBPB/BGI)

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After controlling in the nation of Barbados, I’ve now entered the final 100 countries and territories which has yet to be controlled. Unlike many nearby islands, Barbados is not formed through volcanic activity, but instead, through other geological phenomena. It is also much flatter than nearby islands, with flora and fauna diversity also being lower. However, Barbados is still has a relatively high per capita income as a result of having large economic sectors in the agricultural, manufacturing and service industries.


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

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18 October 2021

Vanuatu

Bauerfield International Airport (NVVV/VLI)

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Vanuatu is the smallest of the five countries in the Melanesian region, with the others being Fiji, East Timor, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. While some parts of Indonesia and French Caledonia is a part of Melanesia, it is not exclusively in the Melanesian region. Vanuatu is a country of approximately 300,000 inhabitants, with a majority of the people on the island working in the agricultural, fishing or tourism industries. And with the island welcoming approximately 300,000 tourists annually before the pandemic, that is more or less as many people as are from Vanuatu.


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

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19 October 2021

New Caledonia

La Tontouta International Airport (NWWW/NOU)

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New Caledonia is a territory of France. However, it was first named by Captain Cook who named it as such due to its resemblance to the Scotland. Not to mention, for country in the Pacific, it is a relatively large country, at approximately 18,500 square kilometres, or about half the size of Taiwan.


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

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