How Much Of The World Have You Seen?

by Stephanie Walsh · 8 comments

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How Much Of The World Have You Seen?

Travelers, especially those RTWer’s that love to hop from country to country within a few days, love to show off talk about all the countries they’ve visited…and, naturally, if you have visited your fair share of countries, it’s very addictive to see the numbers add up!

While trying to find out how much of the world the ‘average’ person sees, I found this cool app, that allows you to mark, on a map, all the countries you’ve visited and therefore get your own personal percentage of world domination. I didn’t find an answer to my original question, but I had fun figuring out my own percentage.

Although I’m not someone who travels to places just so I can list them off in this exact type of thing, it was fun to see exactly how much of the world I still haven’t explored, and to see visually represented, the countries I was already lucky enough to visit.

So, according to TravBuddy, the percentage of the world that I have seen so far in my life is 12%. Not bad, but a bit lower than I expected. I guess it’s very easy to forget how huge the world is.

Seeing as I didn’t get an answer to my question, I thought it would be fun to ask the readers of this blog….what percentage of the world have you seen?

Of course, the majority of the readers of this blog are very well traveled and spend most of their money on their passion for travel, so naturally the results will be very skewed, compared to the ‘average’ person (whatever that is), but let’s see who has the highest number!

Oh and Graham Hughes, if you are reading this, you’re not allowed take part…we all know you’re number is 100%!

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1 Beth June 9, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Don’t be disappointed with 12%! That’s higher than average (of the general population). And besides, maybe you haven’t spent a couple of days in every country in the world, but I bet you’ve seen really cool stuff and took your time to learn a few things. So don’t be disappointed!!! 😀 Thanks for this app. I’m going to try it out 🙂
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2 Stephanie Walsh July 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm

You’re totally right! I have learned so much about Colombia and Mexico in this last year and a half of exploring them…way more than I could ever hope to learn about a country by simply passing true. That in itself makes slow travel worth it. 🙂


3 Hach Rose June 27, 2013 at 9:23 pm

I haven’t seen much part of the world in personal. It’s my dream to travel the world but I can afford that. But reading travel blogs is one of my ways to explore! When I read and see pictures of amazing places that travellers are sharing, feels like I’m also with them.


4 Stephanie Walsh July 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Aww thanks you Hach! Thats very nice of you to say because we really love to share our photos and stories for that exact reason…to inspire, motivate and educate! 🙂 Hope you get to see as much of the world as possible someday soon! Start saving now…every penny counts!


5 Jeremy G. August 27, 2013 at 5:46 am

Seem to be at 22%, though there are some glaring gaps. Or opportunities, depending upon how you look at it. 😀


6 flipnomad August 27, 2013 at 5:51 am

I have only been to a few countries. Although I prefer to see as much as I could, I find moving so fast quite exhausting (and expensive too) that’s why I’ve decided to travel slower.
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7 Jeska September 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Mine would be the smallest percentage! I would love to have 12% some day soon but in the mean time I am determined to explore all of my own country before branching out. 🙂


8 Stephanie Walsh November 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm

You know what they say: “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” 🙂