Where I’ve Been

So far, these are the countries and territories where I have set my footprints (25 countries):

Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam

Europe: Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Turkey

Note: The list of countries will also include some non-sovereign regions which, at some level, can be considered as different entity from their sovereign states. For example: Hong Kong and Macau which have their own immigration system (separate from China), New Caledonia (part of France), Gibraltar (part of UK), etc.

100 thoughts on “Where I’ve Been”

  1. I recommend taking a visit to Hainan Island (off China). Although I haven’t been there before, I heard Sanya is beautiful. (Well I’m going next year so Ican tell you it’s beautiful.)

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  2. Anthony Braybrooke says:

    Just found your blog and I’ve started reading. I’ve just moved from UK to Aus for a year and ever since doing so I’ve loved reading about other travels, even as much as blogging my own. I’ve still got many more of your posts and great photography to look at, but so far I’m very impressed. Cheers for sharing.

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    • Hi Anthony! Thanks for reading! Considering how close you are now to Indonesia, pay your neighbor a visit. 🙂
      I’ve still got some more stories on Sri Lanka coming up. I hope you enjoy the rest of my posts.

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      • Anthony Braybrooke says:

        Thanks for the reply friend. I’m hoping that I’ll get to travel through Indonesia and some more of Asia on my way home (After stopping in Singapore for a few days on the way over!). 🙂 I look forward to reading them!

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    • Hi Andrea! Yes, I know. A bit of an irony, isn’t it? But back then we needed separate visa to visit Switzerland (before it joined the Schengen Zone). But actually Switzerland is one of the countries I wish to visit when I go back to Europe. I hope it will be sooner than later.

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  3. I am trying to do this right now with all my favorite restaurants in Hong Kong and it started off well. Now it won’t let me save or share anymore 😦

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    • Oh what happened? Have you ever searched on Google if there were other people who encountered the same problem?

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  4. I’d recommend you to visit India… 🙂

    I’ve been travelling around India for years and this place never fails to amaze me…
    I got so obsessed with India, that I decided to cover as much of India possible, before heading out to other countries.

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  5. Yay, I was looking for an idea to create a map like that! Thanks for the inspiration. And by the way, I really like your blog 🙂

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    • I’ve seen pictures of Gangtok and the houses reminded me of those in Bhutan. It’s going to be very interesting to visit this part of India. Maybe one day I will. 🙂 Thanks!

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    • I’ve read nice things about Romania and really would love to go there one day. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    • Oh I loved it! In fact of all countries that I went to during my Eurotrip back in 2007 I liked Germany the most. The people were really nice and helpful, the cities were great, and everything was so well-organized. I would definitely go back one day!

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  6. Hi Bama! Love your blog 🙂 I am really keen to visit Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra Indonesia but all my family are saying it’s not safe for a young, single lass to do so…I have also heard that recently a Briton did go missing in the Sumatra area. Despite this, I am still keen to go as I’d like to get lost in the jungle (not literally hah) and go hunting for the illusive ginger monkeys….just wondered what your thoughts were?? Thanks Bama 😉 Helen

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    • Hi Helen! Thank you so much! 🙂 I myself haven’t been to Bukit Lawang. But I’ve read great stories from people who have been there, including a young Aussie woman who went there on her first ever solo trip abroad. About that Briton who went missing, I’m not sure if I was aware of that before. But what I do remember is there was this young Briton who died because of excessive alcohol consumption (imagine absinthe, but more powerful than that!). So I guess common sense is always the best thing we all need to keep in mind while traveling. I wish you a very nice adventure in Bukit Lawang one day! 🙂

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      • Hi Bama,

        Good to hear from you! And thanks for your comments. Yes absolutely…common sense is a sure life saver hey! Great ok, well, should I go, I will let you know what it’s like 😀

        I will be sure to keep up with your going’s on via your blog hehe.

        All the best

        Helen x

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  7. Hi! We invite you to visit our beautiful country between Asia and Europe – Russia! If you want, we’ll help to make your journey really exciting! Until then, welcome to our blog!;)

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  8. Such an inspiring blog! I hope you don’t mind me taking your Google Maps idea. Good luck on 30 countries by 2020 – great idea. 😀

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    • Thank you! Oh I really don’t mind if you use Google Maps in your blog because I myself was inspired by another blogger to put that on mine. 🙂 Good luck for your travels too!

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    • And still counting! 🙂 India is actually on my wish list, and hopefully in a few years’ time you’ll find me exploring your country. 🙂 Thanks Shaishav!

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  9. May I suggest Romania as a destination? 🙂 http://photocory.com/category/romania/ Here are some places I’ve visited so far, maybe they will help you get inspired 🙂
    I love your blog. People like you are an inspiration for me, as I want to travel as much as I can during my life. I wish you all the best and stay safe 🙂 Cheers

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    • Hi Corina! Thanks for dropping by! And yes, Romania has been on my wishlist for some time now. Speaking of inspiration, I’ve taken a look at your blog and your photographs are stunning! I guess we inspire each other then. 🙂
      Keep traveling and taking great pictures!

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  10. I see that Spain is not in your list!!! I encourage you to visit us, we have a nice country with amazing landscapes and great gastronomy…
    Keep traveling and enjoying!
    Regards
    Joana
    FRVision Photography

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    • Don’t worry Joana! I’ve put Spain on my wishlist for quite some time now. Thanks to my best friend who spent 9 months living there who showed me the beauty of the country through his photos. One day I will go there. 🙂
      Keep taking great photos!

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  11. oh wow so cool to stumble on your blog today! I just browsed through a couple posts and will have to spend more time reading your stories, but have to say i really love your theme that caught my eyes first hands. It must be so exciting to be traveling this much, i’m envious! Will keep reading more! Glad to see u’ve been to Vietnam too!!!

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    • Thank you Hang! Don’t envy me, because we all inspire each other actually. 🙂 I would love to go back to Vietnam one day. Maybe to Hanoi and the central regions.

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    • There are a lot of options to choose from, but I used Google’s service. My pleasure and thanks for visiting!

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  12. I don’t know about you but I find the more places I go the longer my list of places I need to visit gets!! I either meet people with great stories or don’t quite see enough of a place and need to come back! It’s never ending!! Love the idea of your resolution good on ya!

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    • That’s true, Rachael. As I travel more the ‘list’ of places I want to go grows longer, because the world is so huge with so many interesting places in all of its corners. Happy travels!

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  13. Hi. I was wondering how you were able to add the map? I tired to but it keeps giving me blank..

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    • You need to have a google account first, then copy the HTML code from google map and paste it to the desired page on your blog. Make sure you switch from the view to HTML first.

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    • Hi Joancita,
      Thanks for recommending Dominican Republic. I must admit I’ve always been eyeing on her bigger neighbor: Cuba. But a visit to your country sounds interesting!

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  14. I’ve always wanted to hang a world map like this in my room marking the places I visit. Thank you for pointing a better place to display it.. 🙂 Love your blog and your travels inspire me! I’m just taking baby steps by traveling part-time while studying/interning, hope one day my map will also be as impressive as yours =)

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    • Then I should thank another blogger who inspired me to create this map. Blogging is a matter of inspiring each other, isn’t it? Take that baby steps wholeheartedly because over time those will become giant steps. Thank you for dropping by and best wishes for you!

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  15. You should visit Lebanon !! try some time in spring-summer you’ll love it 😀 loved your blog

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    • Hi Hania. Since I learned about Lebanon’s ancient sites many years ago I instantly fell in love with the country. The fact that it’s an Arab country but with a very strong Mediterranean atmosphere and also a large number of Christian population makes Lebanon even more fascinating. Thanks for your recommendation!

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  16. Hey, I would love if you could check out my blog! You’ve been to so many wonderful places! You should deffinately visit Australia one time! 🙂 Keep exploring the world, I think it would be amazing to!

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    • Hi Elly-Grace. I will visit Australia one day, given its proximity to Indonesia. Sydney, Melbourne, the Blue Mountains, Kakadu, Uluru and Perth are some of the places in the country that I would like to visit the most.

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  17. jeastham1993 says:

    Very jealous of the number of places all over Asia you’ve been too, hoping I can get round that area one day….. 🙂

    Love the idea of the Google Map and tagging the places, if its not too rude to ask would you mind me borrowing the idea for my blog.

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    • Hi James. Well, you’re planning your own big trip, aren’t you? Asia is not that far away, and if you do go to this part of the world I recommend you to visit Southeast Asia as it is one of the easiest places on Earth to travel to.

      About the map, the idea was not mine to begin with. I was also inspired by other bloggers. 🙂

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      • Yep, got quite a few places already on the list. Mainly English speaking countries but just a nice trip to break us into backpacking. (Hong Kong > Oz > NZ > Fiji > USA). Will definately travel Asia at some point, main problem is finding the money….:)

        Ahhh cool, thanks.

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      • Hey, when you fly from Hong Kong to Australia you’ll fly over Indonesia. Why not make a visit? 🙂 At least you can go to Java and Bali and continue your journey to Oz from there.

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  18. Only issue we have got is all of our main flights are already booked and paid for, does make any little stop overs like that quite restrictive. My plan after doing our first route round is to buy an open ended ticket through Asia and see where I end up, providing money is ok 🙂

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    • Ah, I see. It’s good to know that you’ve already planned that trip to Asia after your first round trip. Good luck!

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    • Hi Kaley. Sure you should. 🙂 It’s easy to do and it gives your readers a better picture of places that you’ve been.

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    • Thank you! It is indeed my dream to visit Africa. Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Madagascar are some of the countries I have been dreaming to visit.

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      • if you like beaches then add Mozambique to the list of african counties to visit!!!
        They are the best I’ve ever seen!!

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      • Actually I was planning to visit Mozambique sometime next year, but I had to scrap that plan for some reasons. However it still is on my list of countries to visit when I go to Africa in the future. Thanks for your recommendation!

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      • Sure I will! 🙂 It would be nice to get some tips from someone who has lived a long time in the country. Thanks again!

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  19. Hello Bama! I simply love your blog, and the pictures are amazing! However, according to your map, you still have not visited Nouakchott the capital of Mauritania (which you said was one of your favorites), and nothing on the African continent. Are you planning on visiting the African continent anytime soon? I have written on my blog about some of the African capitals, and where they got their names from (check it out, it might inspire you to visit some of them).

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    • Hi Dr. Y! Nouakchott was one of those cities which piqued my curiosity about faraway places. But as you can see, I haven’t been to anywhere in Africa although I really want to. Two years ago I started this plan to visit Africa on a long-term travel along with other places, but I had to scrap the continent altogether due to financial reasons. However it remains on my wishlist. I just took a glimpse at your blog and it’s really interesting to find an African-themed blog as most articles out there are mainly on the usual touristy places. Will surely be back to your blog! And thank you for your kind words.

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  21. Love that map widget! I am sooo “stealing” it for my new blog as well even though I have been in more places than those I have written about but oh well :p struggles of an aspiring blogger :p

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    • Haha, I also ‘stole’ it from another blog. 😀 Don’t worry about that! Blogging requires patience and dedication. The most important thing is those first steps you have made.

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  22. South Korea mas! ^^ Pengin liat mas Bama meng-explore Korea dalam gambar dan tulisan hehehehe Salam dari penggemar blog nya mas yang sedang merantau di korea heheheh

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    • Hi Tabita. Saya mulai melirik Korea sih buat tahun depan. Mudah-mudahan jadi ya, soalnya banyak banget tempat yang pengen dikunjungi baik di dalam Indonesia maupun di luar. Makasih ya untuk meyakinkan saya buat pergi ke Korea, dan makasih sudah baca blog saya. 🙂

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