263 Countries and Territories in 263 Days

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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20 October 2021

Fiji

Nausori International Airport (NFNA/SUV)

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Fiji is a country in the Pacific, especially well known in the aviation community with its flag carrier, Fiji Airlines, having an incredibly complex and unique livery which is popular among many. Like its fleet of young planes, the country’s population is young, with half of the population under the age of 29.


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

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21 October 2021

Niue

Niue International Airport (NIUE/IUE)

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Rather interestingly, Niue’s airport is the only airport that has the same ICAO code as the country it’s located in.


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

DUde this is so cool! Can you save my birthplace, Tel Aviv, for the 24th of Jan!!? THat’s my birthday. :)

I’ve saved the 24th of January for a special place already. For those who know, you know the airport already ;)

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22 October 2021

Pakistan

Islamabad International Airport (OPIS/ISB)

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The birth country of the youngest Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousufzai. Having been shot by the Taliban after reporting on the situation at her school. However, since then she has continued her activism, publishing a book just under 8 years ago, as well as earning a degree at the University of Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.


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

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954 days, the same amount of time I wait to get a reply from you during my radar training.

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954 days, also the amount of tries/time it took you to pass YSCB.

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Speak not of Y*CB, napkin planner.

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