It occurred to me that while we have badges for tag experts etc, it might be useful to try and identify who has been to which countries/territories, as you could then ask that person about it in [chat].

If you're interested, I'm going to add an answer below and turn it into a Wiki. Please edit it to add your name if you live in or have spent time in any of these countries/regions.

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    Related: Where can one meet other Travel.SE members?, aka "Where we all live" – choster Sep 14 '16 at 20:40
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    How do you define "spent time in"? I can reel off 60+ countries that I have spent at least a couple of weeks in, but don't think a couple of weeks qualifies me as an expert on each of those countries. So how do you qualify your expertise ... XX days in country, YY different times going to the country, ZZ years? – user13044 Sep 17 '16 at 6:29
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    Perhaps an easier way would be some sort of JavaScript that searches for a country/place name in the profiles of all the members. – WGroleau Sep 17 '16 at 15:47
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    @WGroleau I don't think that's a good idea. This should be a voluntary list, IMO. Some people are purposefully omitting their names from certain (or all) countries, because they don't feel qualified (or don't want) to be pinged in Travel Chat with queries regarding said territory. – Revetahw Sep 17 '16 at 19:18
  • Right. But they don't have to list any countries on their profile. – WGroleau Sep 17 '16 at 20:27
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    I can think of a more powerful list: people living where (and I see people already using the list for that). – Jan Doggen Sep 18 '16 at 8:39
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    @JanDoggen - meta.travel.stackexchange.com/questions/1603/… – Mark Mayo Sep 18 '16 at 9:24
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    @WGroleau Having countries on their profile and here is a bit different. OP here specifically mentions the possibility of pinging people in Travel Chat asking for help. Also, it's more likely to be seen here. – Revetahw Sep 18 '16 at 22:05
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    @Fiksdal well it's just a possibility. You're looking for someone that hopefully went where you want to go. I've been to the US, for example, but never to Yellowstone Park, or the state of Georgia, or Michigan. But the more we have recorded as having been there, the more likely to find someone we can know to ping. Hopefully. It's an experiment :) – Mark Mayo Sep 21 '16 at 9:42
  • MarkMayo: Yes, I think this list is a great idea. What I was discussing was the idea of @WGroleau to have a script automatically fetch countries off user profiles and add them to the list. I was discouraging the latter. – Revetahw Sep 21 '16 at 9:49
  • No, I was suggesting one which would just check the profiles for a specific place on request. If I don't want anyone to know I went to Iceland, I wouldn't put it here OR in my profile. – WGroleau Sep 21 '16 at 12:51
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    @WGroleau Alright, but for reasons already stated I think it's better if everyone adds their names manually. There are already several people who have opted not to add their names for certain countries. – Revetahw Sep 21 '16 at 13:11
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    Well, with this much disagreement on "what is a country" I think back to my suggestion to put on your profile what you want others to know. Alternatively, I move that the list be the 249 currently in use ISO 3166 two-letter codes. And if someone is desperate for a sub-region, put it in parentheses after your name. – WGroleau Oct 17 '16 at 6:08

This list of countries is adapted from ISO 3166.

The list continues in the below answer.

*Please note - please don't count airport stopovers as having been there, and only countries / territories that currently have a claim to existing. We're a travel site, not a history site :)

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    Cool, now we can check to which country to travel next to become the sole expert in this country – RoflcoptrException Sep 15 '16 at 9:29
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    Comments have been moved to chat to facilitate further discussion, as it got a bit unwieldy with 80 comments. – JonathanReez Mar 18 '17 at 12:14
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    One little thing: Guadeloupe and Martinique listed in this answer are not countries, they are insular regions from France. We may put them under France, don't we? Same for Mayotte, Reunion, Saint Pierre and Miquelon... – Nicolas R May 4 '17 at 8:19

*Please note - please don't count airport stopovers as having been there, and only countries / territories that currently have a claim to existing. We're a travel site, not a history site :)

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    @pnuts Thus, the easiest way to complete this question is to persuade Charles Veley to join TSE. – Revetahw Sep 15 '16 at 10:17
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    @pnuts - All of it was in 2010 and separately in 2014. Sana'a and Hudaydah (and outlying areas) in 2010, Socotra and islands in 2014. Return to Sana'a later in 2014. All for tourism. – Mikey Feb 23 '17 at 22:32
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    @pnuts - Yeah you need to go from Sharjah on Felix Airlines. I was living in Abu Dhabi so we just drove to Sharjah Emirate and got a flight. At the time it was Sharjah-Mukala-Socotra. I don't know how to start a 'chat,' but I can tell you details about the logistics if you like. [Sorry my first response I thought you'd asked 'where'.] – Mikey Feb 23 '17 at 22:38
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    Hm, I might tick off Palau and American Samoa if I felt a one-day visit justified sufficient qualification (then again, those are comparatively small islands) – Hagen von Eitzen Apr 15 '17 at 17:44

Five months on, these places on our list have had 'no visitors' (if the map is up-to-date!):

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  • Africa - Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Mauritius, Mayotte, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, South Sudan, Western Sahara.
  • Asia - British Indian Ocean Territory, Timor-Leste.
  • Atlantic Islands - French Southern Territories, Tristan Da Cunha, Saint Helena
  • Pacific islands - American Samoa, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Pitcairn Islands, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • North America - Bonaire/Sint Eustatius/Saba, Grenada, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago.

Country-level visitation is quite a low standard, but even by this crude measure, we have an enormous gap across central Africa. Imagine if we took this down to the county level; I don't even crack the 16% mark for the U.S.

Standouts to me include Nigeria, the largest economy and most populous country in Africa; and Trinidad and Tobago, a major transportation and commercial hub.

Minor surprises: Burundi, recently popular among backpackers as an add-on to Rwanda; and world-traveler-bucket-list topper Tristan da Cunha.

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    ...as all the places I have already been have already someone else name on them, this post is making me consider to take my motorbike, start from Libia, and put my flag on all the african's grey nations on that map... – motoDrizzt Oct 15 '16 at 13:33
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    Svalbard (Spitsbergen), the red blob above Norway, has also been visited by me. – jpatokal Nov 24 '16 at 2:28
  • @pnuts Not when it's over 30k chars... – jpatokal Nov 24 '16 at 9:34
  • I had plans to visit Dili (Timor-Leste) last month but had to change plans. 2017 Feb perhaps :) – Ayesh K Nov 26 '16 at 20:23
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    What a great answer. Using an image to depict the question shows an interesting factoid as well as summarising the countries. Very nice indeed. – Gayot Fow Nov 27 '16 at 10:16
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    You can tick off Svalbard. – Revetahw Nov 29 '16 at 19:09
  • @jpatokal You've been to Svalbard, but not Norway? – Revetahw Dec 1 '16 at 16:51
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    @Fiksdal I only filled in interesting countries... – jpatokal Dec 1 '16 at 21:49
  • @jpatokal Alright :) – Revetahw Dec 2 '16 at 3:19
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    You can cross Turkmenistan off that list, I'm now TSE's resident Turkmenistan guy :P – zeocrash Sep 17 '18 at 14:24
  • @zeocrash This is a community wiki; you can remove it yourself. And welcome. :). – choster Sep 17 '18 at 14:25
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    brb, just firing up mspaint :P – zeocrash Sep 17 '18 at 14:26

Unvisited list so far (please edit):

  • Abkhazia
  • American Samoa
  • Benin
  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Djibouti
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kiribati
  • Liberia
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mayotte
  • Micronesia (Federated States)
  • Nauru
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Palau
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Somalia
  • Somaliland
  • South Ossetia
  • South Sudan
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tokelau
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tuvalu
  • U.S. outlying islands (Baker, Howland, Jarvis, Johnston, Kingman, Midway, Navassa, Palmyra, Wake)
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Western Sahara
  • I've visited Tibet, but per the other list it's considered a part of China. – jpatokal Sep 4 '18 at 2:52
  • I'm kind of surprised no one has listed American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia or the Marshall Islands. I guess I need to go book the Island Hopper now. – reirab Dec 13 '18 at 11:00

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