263 Countries and Territories in 263 Days

24 June 2021

Republic of the Congo

Agostinho-Neto International Airport (FCPP/PNR)

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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

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25 June 2021

Germany

Munich Airport (EDDM/MUC)

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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

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26 June 2021

Tanzania

Julius Nyerere International Airport (HTDA/DAR)

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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

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27 June 2021

Gabon

Léon-Mba International Airport (FOOL/LBV)

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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

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28 June 2021

Burundi

Bujumbura International Airport Airport (HBBA/BJM)

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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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29 June 2021

Jamaica

Norman Manley International Airport (MKJP/KIN)

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Jamaica, home to some of the fastest people in the world, the origins of the Rastafarian Movement, as well as some of the most beautiful beaches and golf courses in the region. Not to mention, it’s well known Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, which I personally have an affection for its mild flavour as well as the lack of bitterness.


54 Country and Territories Controlled, 209 Uncontrolled, 209 days to go

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30 June 2021

Rwanda

Kigali International Airport (HRYR/KGL)

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Rwanda in recent times has been known to be a very progressive country. Being in the top 5 most developed countries since 2000, Rwanda has looked out to Singapore as its country to become. As a country which acts as a tax haven, as well as improving the general quality of life in Rwanda, they are a country to look out for in the coming years as their economy looks to expand in various sectors.


55 Country and Territories Controlled, 208 Uncontrolled, 208 days to go

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1 July 2021

Uganda

Entebbe International Airport (HUEN/EBB)

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Uganda is famously the home to the big five of the wild, that being the lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, and elephant. However, also well known in Uganda is the home to the endangered Mountain Gorilla where they have the highest population. Uganda is also well known for Lake Bunyonyi, where its the home to plenty of bird species native to Uganda. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, Uganda has to be on top of the list.


56 Country and Territories Controlled, 207 Uncontrolled, 207 days to go

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2 July 2021

Kyrgyzstan

Manas International Airport (UCFM/FRU)

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Being in Western Asia, Kyrgyzstan is really where East meets West. And its influences show, where its culture has taken cues from Mongolia and China, as well as Uzbekistan and Russia. It’s a country of around 2,000 lakes as well, so if you’re looking for a weekend by the lake and fishing just for fun, it’ll be a nice quiet country for anybody to go to.


57 Country and Territories Controlled, 206 Uncontrolled, 206 days to go

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3 July 2021

Equatorial Guinea

Bata Airport (FGBT/BSG)

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Equatorial Guinea is perhaps one of the smallest countries on the African continent, consisting of the mainland, as well as 5 inhabited islands off the Cameroonian coastline. Equatorial Guinea was previously ravaged by large scale destruction of the institutions of the countries by their previous president, before being ousted by his own nephew in a coup. Since then, they have been on a slow but steady economic growth after the discovery of a large oil reserve off the coast of the country.


58 Country and Territories Controlled, 205 Uncontrolled, 205 days to go

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4 July 2021

São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé International Airport (FPST/TMS)

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São Tomé and Príncipe is an island nation to the west of the Equatorial Guinea coast, and consists of two main rocky islands. Having had many Portuguese influences in its history, it was utilised by colonisers as an island to grow cash crops such as coffee and cocoa due to its fertile soil as a result of being near a volcano. Since then, it has been a holiday destination for many Portuguese and Europeans, who are also some of the key trade partners, making up the majority of both its import and export trade.


59 Country and Territories Controlled, 204 Uncontrolled, 204 days to go

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5 July 2021

United States of America

Long Beach Airport (KLGB/LGB)

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When discussing the US, there really isn’t a place to start. In all honesty, it’s an interesting place to be in, geographically and demographically. Given the large nature of the US, the number of attractions is just too big to list out, and the best way to really soak in what the US has to offer is really to go there and find out yourself. Personally, I wouldn’t mind going back and visiting the US, potentially even being a place that I would do to further my studies.


60 Country and Territories Controlled, 203 Uncontrolled, 203 days to go

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6 July 2021

Haiti

Toussaint Louverture International Airport (MTPP/PAP)

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Putting aside the negative connotations Haiti has come to be known in recent times, the country is geographically and culturally enriched by its influences of the past and of the present. While earthquake shakes the surface of Haiti, millions of years has brought with it some of the best mountains, as well as mountains in the Caribbean. Not exactly something you’d think of. Not to mention, the influence of the Spanish, Portuguese as well as the native Taino and African ethnic groups bring with it plenty of exotic culture that has been able to amalgamate through the years.


61 Country and Territories Controlled, 202 Uncontrolled, 202 days to go

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7 July 2021

Cameroon

Douala International Airport (FKKD/DLA)

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Cameroon lays on the western coast of the Central African region. Given that it extends from the coast to the central region of the continent, you’ll find that there are plenty of different biomes, from thick forests and jungles through to deserts. Not to mention, the government has allocated plenty of land as protected land, so if you’re looking for protected species of flora and fauna, it’s hardly a bad place to go to.


62 Country and Territories Controlled, 201 Uncontrolled, 201 days to go

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8 July 2021

Nigeria

Murtala Muhammed International Airport (DNMM/LOS)

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Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy, and being the seventh most populous country in the world, it’s no wonder Nigeria has been able to sustain a large economy. Not only that, but Nigeria has a very diverse economy, ranging from agricultural to petroleum industries.


63 Country and Territories Controlled, 200 Uncontrolled, 200 days to go

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9 July 2021

Peru

Jorge Chávez International Airport (SPJC/LIM)

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Peru is thought to be the home to the oldest known site where humans once occupied. Not only that, but this historic country is perhaps most well known for being the country where the Incas once lived. Having also created sites such as Machu Picchu, the Incan civilisation was definitely advanced for its time.


64 Country and Territories Controlled, 199 Uncontrolled, 199 days to go

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10 July 2021

French Polynesia

Faa’a International Airport (NTAA/PPT)

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Very well known as a remote country with beautiful islands and coastlines, French Polynesia is becoming a popular destination for people who love to engage in water sports such as water kitesurfing, rowing and diving. Of the 100 or so islands that makes up the French Polynesia, Faa’a plays the largest significance, being one of the population centers, as well as where all administrative activities take place.


65 Country and Territories Controlled, 198 Uncontrolled, 198 days to go

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11 July 2021

Benin

Cadjehoun Airport (DBBB/COO)

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Benin, a rather odd looking country, is a narrow country that extends north for about 670 kilometers. It borders Nigeria and Niger to the east, and Burkina Faso and Togo to the west. The population is perhaps one of the most diverse on the continent, with no less than 8 distinct ethnic groups living in the country. French is also the primary language in the country due to their historic presence in the colonial era.


66 Country and Territories Controlled, 197 Uncontrolled, 197 days to go

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12 July 2021

Togolese Republic

Lomé–Tokoin International Airport (DXXX/LFW)

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Togo, like the countries in its immediate surrounding, a previous colony of a European country. In this case, once a French colony. And like countries in its immediate surrounding, their economy relies heavily on natural resources such as oil and gas, gold, cotton and the export of cacao beans.


67 Country and Territories Controlled, 196 Uncontrolled, 196 days to go

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