263 Countries and Territories in 263 Days

11 June 2021


Zagreb Franjo Tuđman Airport (LDZA/ZAG)


Thought to be a difficult country for vegetarians and vegans due to its diet consisting heavily of meat and fish, Croatia is a little country with a big impact on the football stage. Finalists at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Croatia has produced plenty of world class football players such as Luka Modrić, Ivan Rakitić and Mateo Kovačić.

36 Country and Territories Controlled, 227 Uncontrolled, 227 days to go


12 June 2021


King Mswati III International Airport (FDSK/SHO)


Eswatini, formerly officially known as Swaziland, is one of the last countries to have an absolute monarchy, where the royal family holds absolute power of the government in the country. Not only that, but Eswatini is home to the longest reigning monarch, where King Sobhuza II reigned for a record 82 years.

37 Country and Territories Controlled, 226 Uncontrolled, 226 days to go


13 June 2021

South Africa

Cape Town International Airport (FACT/CPT)


Having taken part in the South African Takeover, I was on frequency at Cape Town. A city with gorgeous views out to the ocean as well as the bonus that the airport had 3D buildings, the airport was a charm to work with. Not to mention the mountains that lay just to the east of the city.

38 Country and Territories Controlled, 225 Uncontrolled, 225 days to go


14 June 2021


Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (FBSK/GBE)


Botswana is well known as being one of the four countries that meet at the Caprivi Strip in Namibia, but alongside that, Botswana itself is 40% national parks, so if you’re there for a wildlife trip, you’d be sure to find something that interests you. Not to mention, Botswana is a major diamond mining country, so if you’re looking for gems, Botswana has got you covered.

39 Country and Territories Controlled, 224 Uncontrolled, 224 days to go


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15 June 2021


José Martí International Airport (MUHA/HAV)


Known to be one of the most colourful and architecturally unique country, with heritage from all over America and Europe, Cuba is the melting pot of colonial architecture. While it is predominantly Spanish influence, there are plenty of subtle hints of Greek and Roman traits as well. Not to mention the recent circumstances of the country has led to plenty of antiques to still play a big part of the country’s economy.

40 Country and Territories Controlled, 223 Uncontrolled, 223 days to go


16 June 2021


Hosea Kutako International Airport (FYWH/WDH)


Being a geographically diverse country, with desert, mountains, canyons, and savannas throughout the country, Namibia has been a welcomed destination for those looking for a true wildlife experience. To add to that, the Namib and Kalahari deserts are home to plenty of exotic and fragile flora and fauna which are absolutely out of this world.

41 Country and Territories Controlled, 222 Uncontrolled, 222 days to go


17 June 2021


Maputo International Airport (FQMA/MPM)


Having gorgeous tropical islands, Mozambique is a popular honeymoon destination. Not to mention, islands means coastlines, and over 2500KM of coastlines lines Mozambique. Being a well known tropical diving site, with marine life such as the rare Dugong and over 1,200 species to Mozambique, its safe to say that it’ll see more tourists come when restriction start to be relaxed.

42 Country and Territories Controlled, 221 Uncontrolled, 221 days to go


18 June 2021


Chișinău International Airport (LUKK/KIV)


Friday Night Flight this week brings us to Russia, featuring Moscow Domodedovo airport with 3D buildings. With traffic being high, I’ve opted to try and open a secondary hub, in Moldova. Oddly enough, a diplomatic dispute some 15 years ago led to Russia banning the imports of Moldavian wine, although this has not affected Moldova, being one of the top wine producing countries to this day.

43 Country and Territories Controlled, 220 Uncontrolled, 220 days to go


19 June 2021


Quatro de Fevereiro Airport (FNLU/LAD)


Angola has always had Portuguese influence, for over 500 years, being a colony of the once ever conquering empire. Despite being the wealthiest Portuguese speaking country on the African continent, wars in the 21st century caused malnutrition and remnants of the war are still found with undetonated land mines. Nonetheless, being in the intertropical convergence zone, Angola sees weather from dry and hot to wet and cold throughout the year.

44 Country and Territories Controlled, 219 Uncontrolled, 219 days to go


20 June 2021

Saint Helena

Saint Helena Airport (FHSH/HLE)


Saint Helena as an island is not only remote, but holds significant part of history in being the place of Napoleon Bonaparte’s exile. This island was where Napoleon remained until his eventual death, which, of all causes, is thought to have been from arsenic poisoning from copper arsenite which could be found in the walls.

45 Country and Territories Controlled, 218 Uncontrolled, 218 days to go


21 June 2021


Chileka International Airport (FWCL/BLZ)


Malawi is one of the poorest countries on the African continent, and in the world too. However, it doesn’t stop it from being preserved naturally. With a lake with more species of fishes than any other in the world, as well as two UNESCO world heritage sites, Malawi is being preserved in more ways than one. It’ll be interesting to see how this progresses as it would take up a large part of the country, however, promoting its culture and boosting tourism looks to be a beneficial way for this to happen.

46 Country and Territories Controlled, 217 Uncontrolled, 217 days to go


22 June 2021

Grand Cayman

Owen Roberts International Airport (MWCR/GCM)


Grand Cayman is a popular diving island. With the ocean merely steps away from you, the island sees tens of thousands of tourists every year, barring this year and the last for obvious reasons. Even then, the rich population of turtles as well as numerous scenic dive sites makes it a highly popular place to visit. Not to mention that this is a British Overseas Territory, making Queen Elizabeth II the official head of state for this island.

47 Country and Territories Controlled, 216 Uncontrolled, 216 days to go


23 June 2021

Democratic Republic of the Congo

N’djili Airport (FZAA/FIH)


The Democratic Republic of Congo is the second largest country on the African continent, bordering a massive nine countries, including Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Furthermore, being such a large country, it has an abundance of natural resources. However, violent conflicts continue to affect the country from time to time, meaning that it remains as one of the poorest countries in the region

48 Country and Territories Controlled, 215 Uncontrolled, 215 days to go


24 June 2021

Republic of the Congo

Agostinho-Neto International Airport (FCPP/PNR)


Confusingly named the Republic of the Congo, north of its neighbour, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is split by the Congo River, lays awkwardly in the middle of Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has a shape that leads to the Atlantic Ocean. It came about after the its independence from their coloniser, Belgium. However, contrary to many instances where borders were drawn from conflicts, this border was drawn as a result of colonial influence, where the Democratic Republic of the Congo was a French colony.

49 Country and Territories Controlled, 214 Uncontrolled, 214 days to go


25 June 2021


Munich Airport (EDDM/MUC)


Unmistakably industrial and progressive, Germany is the home to plenty of developments in the scientific community. Having been the first to identify the meiotic cycle, as well as the Krebs Cycle, created paraffin wax, the Bunsen burner and the birthplace of scientists such as Otto Hahn, Werner Heisenberg and Albert Einstein, Germany is one of the best places to pursue studies and development on the scientific front.

50 Country and Territories Controlled, 213 Uncontrolled, 213 days to go


26 June 2021


Julius Nyerere International Airport (HTDA/DAR)


The highest point in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania. Not to mention, the three largest lakes on the continent is also located in Tanzania, that being the Lake Tanganyika, Lake Nysa and Lake Victoria. Not to mention, Tanzania borders Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, so if you’re looking for options, Tanzania is the best place to go.

51 Country and Territories Controlled, 212 Uncontrolled, 212 days to go


27 June 2021


Léon-Mba International Airport (FOOL/LBV)


Gabon is a country that we still continue to learn to this day. With 80-85% of the country being rainforests, and approximately 11% of it being nature reserves, it provides plenty of learning opportunities for those looking to learn about the nature. Not to mention, there are plenty of dolomite and limestone caves which are still being explored to this day. In addition, being the home to over 80% of the gorilla population in Africa, Gabon is really the best place to go, if you’re a nature conservationist or working in similar areas.

52 Country and Territories Controlled, 211 Uncontrolled, 211 days to go


28 June 2021


Bujumbura International Airport Airport (HBBA/BJM)


Burundi is one of the few countries on the African continent where its borders aren’t determined by colonial rulers. However, the presence of German was significant until after its defeat in the first World War. Since then, the country has been ravaged by corruption, domestic violence and uprisings. Nonetheless, the country continues to earn most of its income through export of crops such as maize, coffee and bananas, while it also exports plenty of rare earth minerals such as nickel, cobalt, uranium and platinum.

53 Country and Territories Controlled, 210 Uncontrolled, 210 days to go


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