My Country Visits in 2010

Overview of 2010 International Travel

In 2010, I became one of the top 10 travelers in the world as ranked by (MTP). This means that my name appears on their home page. At the end of 2010, I was ranked #5 in the world.

I continue to be an active Life Member of the Circumnavigators Club and an officer in the Chicago chapter.

Highlights of 2010 International Travel

I made 10 major international trips in 2010:

  • 1. Southern Caribbean Cruise in February
  • 2. India & China in February and March
  • 3. Western Europe Driving Trip in March
  • 4. Russia & Siberia in April and May
  • 5. Germany in May
  • 6. Canada in July
  • 7. Central America & Caribbean in August
  • 8. Pacific & South America in October
  • 9. Africa and Middle East in November
  • 10. Pacific in December
I spent over 6 months outside the United States. Some of the highlights listed below are personal and some are recommendations for other travelers.

1. Southern Caribbean Cruise trip highlights:

2. India & China trip highlights:

  • Airport security people in Northeast India gave me a friendly greeting, remembering me from 2009!
  • Visit to Hyderabad, capital of the potential new 29th state (Telangana) in India.
  • Seeing famous Terra cotta Warriors in Xian & meeting the old farmer who found this ancient glory!
  • Dramatic aborted landing in mountains, talked my way off plane in alternate airport using photo of my luggage & arrived 3 hours early.
  • Trapped in snow storm for 4 hours on a highway north of Xian until salt trucks arrived.
  • Tour of Kashi in far western China with its unique mix of peoples and cultures.
  • Surprised to see rusted hulks of major buildings (due to overbuilding) on booming Hainan Island.
  • I had to direct traffic to get off the hill with the Golden Temple in Kunming because too many cars created grid lock on the narrow road.
  • I saw the largest display of outdoor lights in my life over 20 miles (32 kilometers) long in Chongqing. This was for Chinese New Year.
  • Three Chinese airlines cooperated in a way I had never imagined possible to save our plans. A full plane waited for us for 30 minutes.
  • I saw hundreds of kilometers of high speed rail (all elevated) all over China under construction.

3. Western Europe Driving trip highlights:

5. Railroad trip highlights in Germany:

6. Northern Canada trip highlights:

  • Visiting Kluane National Park, a UN World Heritage Site
  • Talking to 2 German hikers in Kluane in German for 10 minutes.
  • Having a mother Moose and her child scamper across the highway in front of my car.
  • Talking to 2 young Norwegian adventures on a 2 week canoe trip with rifles to hunt game.
  • Public Murals in Whitehorse
  • Hiking trail around the lake in Yellowknife
  • Visiting unique Rankin Inlet, a successful town in the barren far north
  • Talking to the visiting doctor and nurse in Rankin Inlet

7. Central America & Caribbean trip highlights:

8. Pacific & South America trip highlights:

9. Africa and Middle East trip highlights:

  • Visited Juba, capital of South Sudan, before the historic vote in favor of secession from Sudan
  • Visited the tomb of the Mahdi, the replacement of the hajj to Mecca for many years in Sudan.
  • Interviewed in Khartoum by the National Public Radio in the United States.
  • Had 4 dedicated armed guards with AK-47s during an interesting visit to Puntland in Somalia.
  • In Djibouti, I talked to military officers of several countries, fighting Somali pirates, including Sweden.
  • The ancient Roman city of Jerash was outstanding and should be a UN World Heritage Site.
  • Seeing the whole of the Sea of Galilee from the Golan Heights was memorable.
  • Visited holy Mt. Nebo where Moses saw the promised land and is buried in an unknown spot.
  • Visited ancient Tel Megiddo, better known by its name in Greek: Armageddon.
  • The terraced Bahai Gardens on Mount Caramel are breathtakingly beautiful. Slideshow.
  • Learning how the Nabataean Ruins in Avdat are connected to Petra in Jordan

10. Pacific trip highlights:

  • Visited Norfolk Island where half are descendants of the Pitcairn Islanders who came in 1856.
  • Norfolk island is the home of the famous pine tree named for it, now planted all over the world.
  • Chartered a boat (250 miles) to visit West Holmes Reef in the Coral Sea Island Territory at low tide.
  • Visited Guadalcanal, the pivotal battlefield where the Japanese realized they lost WWII.
  • Our mild mannered guide became very animated when he explained how he killed people in the civil war in the Solomon Islands

Travelers Century Club Initial Visits in 2010

The table summarizes the 30 TCC countries I visited for the first time in 2010. The 13 UN member countries are bolded. From the CIA web site and Wikipedia, I gathered key data on these countries providing guesses where necessary. The data was color-coded to aid pattern recognition. I hope you find this insight-dense table an educational experience.

Click to see my master list of visits with reference links for all 321 TCC countries.

TCC Country Visited Country Info Life
(sq km)
Caribbean 261  U.S. Virgin Islands cia, wiki, map 79.2 93.0 110K  1910  $14,500 
262  St. Lucia cia, wiki, map 76.7 90.1 161K  616  $10,900 
263  Barbados cia, wiki, map 71.9 99.7 286K  430  $21,600 
264  Trinidad & Tobago cia, wiki, map 71.1 98.6 1.2M  5K  $21,300 
265  Grenada cia, wiki, map 72.8 96.0 108K  344  $10,300 
266  Aruba cia, wiki, map 75.5 97.3 105K  180  $21,800 
Asia 267  Hainan Island wiki, map, tmap 74.5 97.3 8.6M  34K  $7,400 
268  Abkhazia cia, wiki, map 76.9 97.3 190K  8.4K  $4,800 
Central America 269  El Salvador cia, wiki, map 73.2 81.1 6.1M  21K  $7,300 
Caribbean 270  San Andres & Provid. wiki, map 74.3 97.3 60K  112  $9,800 
271  Jamaica cia, wiki, map 73.5 87.9 2.8M  11K  $8,400 
272  Dominican Republic cia, wiki, map 77.2 87.0 9.8M  48.7K  $8,600 
273  St. Vincent cia, wiki, map 73.9 97.3 104K  389  $10,600 
274  St. Maarten cia, wiki, map 76.9 98.0 37K  34  $19,400 
275  French Leeward Is. cia, wiki, map 76.9 98.0 37K  55  $19,400 
276  Montserrat cia, wiki, map 72.3 97.0 5K  102  $3,400 
277  Dutch Leeward Is. wiki, wiki, map 76.9 98.0 5K  34  $15,000 
278  St. Barthelemy cia, wiki, map 76.9 99.0 9K  21  $37,000 
279  British Virgin Islands cia, wiki, map 77.5 97.8 25K  151  $38,500 
280  Anguilla cia, wiki, map 80.8 95.0 15K  91  $12,200 
Pacific 281  Pitcairn cia, wiki, map 76.0 100.0 60  47  $20,000 
282  Juan Fernandez Is. wiki, map 76.0 95.7 633  148  $14,000 
Atlantic Ocean 283  Falkland Islands cia, wiki, map 76.0 99.0 3K  12K  $35,400 
South America 284  Bolivia cia, wiki, map 67.2 86.2 9.8M  1.1M  $4,800 
285  Guyana cia, wiki, map 66.7 91.8 728K  215K  $6,800 
286  Suriname cia, wiki, map 74.0 89.6 487K  164K  $9,900 
287  French Guiana wiki, map 75.0 92.0 229K  84K  $20,900 
Africa 288  South Sudan cia, wiki, map 42.0 27.0 8.3M  644K  $1,200 
Pacific 289  Norfolk Island cia, wiki, map 76.0 99.7 2K  36  $25,000 
290  Solomon Islands cia, wiki, map 66.7 80.0 559K  29K  $2,800 Initial Visits in 2010 builds on the TCC base of 321 countries by adding the states or provinces of large countries and remote islands with the goal of having the most comprehensive list of places (872) for the serious traveler to visit.

In 2010, I became one of the top 10 travelers on My name and travel statistics are listed on their main page. I visited an astonishing 156 MTP locations in 2010 for the first time.

Country or
TCC Region
MTP Count
Total = 156
MTP Locations Visited in 2010
Caribbean 8  6 TCC Countries above (U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, Aruba) + MTP locations: St. Croix and Trinidad
India 3  States: Mahdya Pradesh, Maghalaya, Mizoram
[Telegana was also visited in case it becomes India's 29th state.]
China 26  1 TCC country above (Hainan Island) + Provinces: Yunnan, Guangxi, Chongqing, Sichuan, Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Hebei, Tianjin, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Xinjiang, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia, Guizhou, Anhui, Henan, Shandong, Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning
Switzerland 9  Cantons: Appenzell Ausserrhode, Appenzell Innerrhode, Graubunden, Glarus, Nidwalden, Basel Landschaft, Basel Stadt, Jura, Neuchtel
France 9  Regions: Auvergne, Burgundy, Centre, Pays de la Loire, Brittany, Poitou Charentes, Limousin, Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrenees
Spain 9  Regions: Navarra, Aragon, La Rioja, Cantabria, Asturias, Castile & Leon, Valenciana, Murcia, Extremadura
Italy 10  Regions: Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Abruzzo, Molise, Puglia, Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Liguria
Russia 28   2 Russia related MTP locations: Abkhazia in Georgia (on TCC list above) and Finnish Maly Vysotski located in Russia
+ Russian Oblasts, Krais and Republics in sequence: Krasnodar, Adygeya, Rostov, Stavropol, Karachi-Cherkessia, Kabardino-Balkaria, North Osetia, Chechnya, Dagestan, Kalmykia, Astrakhan, Volgograd, Orenburg, Bashkortostan, Chelyabinsk, Kurgan, Udmurtia, Kirov, Pskov, Novgorod, Arkhhangelsk, Nenetsia, Murmansk, Komi, Khantia-Mansia, Yamalia
Germany 7   German States (Länder): Lower Saxony, Bremen, Hamburg, Helgoland, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony
Canada 3  Federal Territories: Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut
Central America 3   1 TCC Country above (El Salvador) + MTP locations: Corn Islands and San Blas Islands
Caribbean 16  11 TCC Countries above (San Andres & Providencia, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, St. Vincent, St. Maarten, French Leeward Islands, Montserrat, Dutch Leeward Islands, St. Barthelemy, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla) + MTP locations: Grenadines Parish, Nevis, Barbuda, St. Eustatius, Redonda
Pacific 7  Locations: 2 TCC Countries above (Pitcairn, Juan Fernandez Islands) + MTP locations: Tuamoto Islands, Gambier Islands, Oeno, Henderson Island, Ducie
Atlantic 1  1 TCC Country above (Falkland Islands)
South America 7  4 TCC Countries above (Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana) + MTP locations: Tierra Del Fuego, Santa Cruz Province, Roraima
Africa 4  1 TCC Country above (South Sudan) + MTP locations: Chad, Sudan, Puntland
Middle East 2  Golan Heights, UK Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus
Pacific 4  2 TCC Countries above (Norfolk Island and Solomon Islands) + MTP locations: Torres Strait Islands, Coral Sea Island Territory