Destinations: Where have we been?

Whether you are looking for inspiration to plan a trip or you just love daydreaming and reading stories about exploring this beautiful planet, we hope you enjoy our take on Romancing the Globe.

Experiences matter far more than travel statistics, but the stats are kind of fun, esp. since Tom is a spreadsheet/facts guru. Seriously, he has lists of every concert he’s ever attended, every ski resort skied, golf courses he’s played, SCUBA dive sites, surf spots, Major League baseball stadiums and even nude beaches! Plus, our travel blog readers probably want to know that we really do have a bit of travel experience to share.

Between us we have visited 59 countries and as a couple we have visited 43 countries since 2008.

How long do you have to stay in a country for it to count?

Travelers vary in how they add their countries. Some only count countries in which they’ve slept overnight, yet others count a layover in which they didn’t leave the plane.  Does driving thru a country or US state without stopping count?  Tricky.  For us, it’s usually at least an overnight, but we do count countries at cruise stops since most are a full day of unique experiences.

We’ve taken 81 trips together in 8 1/2 years!

What counts as a trip?

Determining what counts as a trip is tricky as some are a quick weekend getaway within Colorado and others are a full month exploring 6 countries, but each time we pack our bags and leave home to travel just counts as one trip.

Here’s a list of places we have visited, so we have many more stories, reviews and tips to write. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter and you’ll know when we add stories! Looking forward to your comments and story sharing.

Countries we’ve visited by region:


• Morocco (Tangier)

The Americas

• Belize (Belize City, Placencia, Ranguana Caye, Southwater Caye, Tobacco Caye, Tom Owen’s Caye)
• Canada (Banff National Park, Blue River, Panorama, Quebec, Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler)
• Costa Rica (Arenal, Corcovado National Park, Jaco, San Jose)
• Guatemala
• Honduras (Roatan)
• Mexico (Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Costa Maya, Mazatlan, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Serena, Riviera Maya)
• Panama (Panama Canal, San Blas Islands)
• United States

• Alabama (Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile)
• Arizona (Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona, Grand Canyon National Park, Green Valley, Montezuma Castle National Monument, Petrified Forest National Park, Saguaro National Park, Sunset Crater National Monument, Tubac, Tucson)
• California (Lake Tahoe, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park)
• Colorado (Alamosa, Aspen, Boulder, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Breckenridge, Colorado National Monument, Colorado Springs, Crested Butte, Dinosaur National Monument, Estes Park, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Fort Collins, Georgetown, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Hanging Lake, Keystone, Ouray, Ridgway, Snowmass, Steamboat, Telluride, Vail, Valley View, Winter Park)
• District of Columbia (Washington)
• Florida (Cape Coral, Captiva Island, Everglades National Park, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Key Largo, Key West, Marco Island, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, St. Augustine, Sanibel Island, Tampa)
• Georgia (Atlanta, Helen)
• Hawaii (Haleakala National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Loa, Hilo, Kauai, Kona, Maui, Oahu)
• Idaho
• Illinois (Chicago, Mount Vernon)
• Kansas (Topeka)
• Kentucky (Mammoth Cave National Park)
• Louisiana (New Orleans)
• Massachusetts (Boston)
• Maine (Sugarloaf)
• Mississippi (Biloxi, Diamondhead, Gulfport)
• Missouri
• Montana (Big Sky, Bozeman, Glacier National Park, Whitefish)
• Nebraska
• Nevada (Elko, Great Basin National Park, Las Vegas, Mesquite, Reno, South Lake Tahoe)
• New Hampshire
• New Jersey
• New Mexico (Capulin Volcano National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, El Malpais National Monument, El Morro National Monument, Ruidoso, Taos, White Sands National Monument)
• New York (New York City, Lake Placid)
• North Carolina (Charlotte)
• Oregon (Bend, Oceanside)
• Pennsylvania (Lancaster)
• South Carolina (Myrtle Beach)
• South Dakota (Badlands National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Mount Rushmore, Wind Cave National Park)
• Tennessee (Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nashville, Pigeon Forge *Dollywood)
• Texas (Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Georgetown, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Houston, San Antonio)
• Utah (Arches National Park, Bonneville Salt Flats, Bryce Canyon National Park, Bullfrog Marina, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Goblin Valley State Park, Grand Staircase National Monument, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Lake Powell, Moab, Logan, Natural Bridges National Monument, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Salt Lake City, Snow Canyon State Park, Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Zion National Park)
• Vermont (Killington, Stowe, Sugarbush)
• Virginia (Roanoke, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia Beach)
• Washington (Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, Seattle)
• West Virginia
• Wyoming (Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Yellowstone National Park)


• Cambodia (Siem Reap – Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Prohm)
• China (Guanghou, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Nanchung)
• Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khao Lak, Phuket)


• Antiqua (St. John’s, Hawksbill Bay)
• Aruba
• Bahamas (Nassau, Freeport)
• British Virgin Islands (Cooper Island, Jost Van Dyke, Norman Island, Scrub Island, Tortola, Virgin Gorda)
• Cayman Islands (Georgetown)
• Dominican Republic (Samana)
• Grenada
• Guadaloupe (Pointe-a-Pitre, Sainte Anne’s Beach)
• Jamaica (Little Bay, Negril)
• Martinique
• Puerto Rico (San Juan)
• Saint Kitts (Basseterre)
• Saint Lucia
• Saint Martin (Orient Bay)
• Sint Maaten (Phillipsburg)
• Saint Vincent & The Grenadines
• United States
• US Virgin Islands (St. John, Virgin Islands National Park)


• Austria (St. Anton)
• Belgium (Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Putte)
• Croatia (Pula, Trogir, Hvar, Dubrovnik)
• Denmark (Copenhagen)
• England (Gosport, Isle of Wight, Kingsbridge, London, Salcombe)
• Finland (Turku)
• France (Chamonix, Riquewihr, Paris, Val D’ Isere)
• Germany (Mosel Valley)
• Gibraltar
• Greece (Aegina, Athens, Kea, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Pireas, Santorini, Syros)
• Iceland (Blue Lagoon, Geysir Hot Springs, Gullfoss, Hofn, Jokulsarlon, Kirkjubaejarklauster, Pingvellir National Park, Reykjavik, Skaftafell National Park, Vik)
• Italy (Florence, Sicily, Rome, Sorrento, Venice)
• Luxembourg (Luxembourg City)
• Monaco (Monte Carlo)
• Montenegro (Kotor)
• Netherlands (Amsterdam, Delft, Kinderdijk, Middleburg, Rotterdam, Zierikzee)
• Norway (Bergen, Gloppen, Kristiansund, Molde, Oslo, Tonsberg)
• Portugal
• Scotland (Cruden Bay, Dornoch, Dumfries, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Iona, Isle of Mull, Isle of Skye, Locherbie, Oban, Port Patrick, St. Andrews, Staffa Island)
• Spain (Cordoba, Granada, Madrid, Marbella, Segovia, Seville)
• Sweden (Djurönäset, Stockholm, Skåne)
• Switzerland (Davos)
• Vatican City
• Wales (Aberystwyth, Brecon Beacons, Cardigan, Cardiff, Criccieth, Snowdonia, Tenby)

Oceania / Pacific

• Australia (Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne)
• French Polynesia (Bora Bora, Huahine, Moorea, Raiatea, Tahaa, Tahiti)
• Kiribati (Fanning Island)
• New Zealand (Aukland, Fjordland National Park, Queenstown, Rotorua)

Updated August 2016