Although I had been to the Republic of Georgia before, in 1977, at that time it was just a Soviet Republic, and not a country.
I visited five Soviet republics: Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. However, I considered them all to be just one country: The Soviet Union.
Now, if I go back to Russia, I will have visited 78 countries.
In September, 2000, I visited Wales, but that is not a country.
Countries where Sam Sloan ( Mohammad Ismail Sloan ) has been:
I have been to 77 countries of the world. Here is a list of the countries to which I have been. See the footnotes at the bottom of the list:
AE United Arab Emirates
CR Costa Rica
CS Czechoslovakia (former)
DO Dominican Republic
GB Great Britain (UK)
HK Hong Kong
HR Croatia (Hrvatska)
KR Korea (South)
LK Sri Lanka
PR Puerto Rico
RU Russian Federation
SA Saudi Arabia
SU USSR (former)
SV El Salvador
UK United Kingdom
US United States
VA Vatican City State (Holy See)
I traveled to the Soviet Union several times. I visited five republics of the Soviet Union. My last visit had been in 1988. I had not been back since the breakup of the Soviet Union. Therefore, according to my count, I visited only one country. However, all five of the republics I visited are listed here, along with the Soviet Union itself. (Deduct 5)
The same holds true of Yugoslavia, which I last visited in 1990. I consider that I visited only one country, but three additional republics of Yugoslavia are listed here, which became countries after the breakup. (Deduct 3)
There is a duplicate listing for the United Kingdom and Great Britain. (Deduct 1)
I have been to both East Germany and West Germany. I count that as two countries, even though they have since become one. (Add 1)
In 1990, I took a boat up the Mekong river into the territory of Laos. I was close enough to touch a branch of a tree but I did not stand on dry land. Previously, I did not count that as a country where I have been. I have now added that to my list, as I was close enough to have been arrested by the police for an illegal border crossing.
Note that I count the Vatican, Macau and Hong Kong as countries, even though they are not really countries.
I count Palau and Belize as places where I have been, even though I merely stopped there on an airplane. I did not get out of the airplane. I also count Syria, Cyprus, Ireland, Kuwait and Cuba. In those cases, I got out of the airplane and was on the ground, but never left the airport. I do not count countries where I flew over but did not land, such as Iraq.
I do not count Guam and Puerto Rico as countries, even though they are on the list. I have been to those places. (Deduct 2)