I have a new goal. It is to visit and explore 40 countries before 40 years old. This new goal is achievable, especially because I will relocate to Sweden in Q4 of this year. Relocating to Sweden will give an advantage to reaching Europe countries (and some countries outside) easier than if depart from Indonesia.

Of course, I will bring my little family along for this goal (some countries may be safer for me to do without them). Because they also will join me on my relocation to Europe.

This goal should cover 5 world’s continents:

  1. Asia
  2. Africa
  3. America
  4. Europe
  5. Australia and New Zealand

Current Progress

As per Q3 2022, I have visited:

Asia

  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Philippines
  • India
  • Hongkong

North America

  • United States of America (USA)

Europe

  • Sweden (I will be there soon)

So in total, I have visited

  • 3 continents
  • 7 countries

I will not count my home country for sure.

Target

According to my current progress, I have to complete to explore these by 2033:

  • 2 continents (Africa & Australia/New Zealand left)
  • 33 countries

I need to visit and explore at least 3-4 countries per year to be able to reach the goal on time. I’m confident can do more per year.

Breakdown

The journey will start as soon as possible on Q1/Q2 2023. I will probably start with Scandinavian countries first. Then continue to the nearest countries from Sweden.

For countries that are quite far from Sweden, I would need to use my 30 days of holiday per year that I might take every Summer.

The first phase is definitely Europe countries. This is my country list.

Northern Europe (3)

  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • Finland

Western Europe (7)

  • UK
  • Netherland
  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Austria

Southern Europe (3)

  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Greece

Eastern Europe (6)

  • Estonia
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Hungary
  • Bulgaria
  • Russia

North America (3)

  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Cuba

South America (4)

  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Argentina
  • Peru

Southern Asia (3)

  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Bhutan

Eastern Asia (3)

  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • China

South-eastern Asia (ASEAN) (7)

  • Vietnam
  • Thailand
  • Myanmar
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Timor-Leste

Western Asia (10)

  • Turkey
  • Azerbaijan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Qatar
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Iran

Central Asia (1)

  • Uzbekistan

Eastern Africa (2)

  • Kenya
  • Tanzania

Northern Africa (3)

  • Egypt
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia

Southern Africa (1)

  • South Africa

Oceania (2)

  • Australia
  • New Zealand

It exceeds my target (33 countries), but I can still choose from the list.