I have done less traveling in the United States than most of the guys, although I dare say I have done more international travel than any of them. According to the guys' rules, to be able to count a state (or country for that matter), airport-only stops do not count (which is a reasonable disqualification). For me, the no-airport-only rule disqualifies the states of Arizona, Colorado and Michigan, as well as the countries of Japan and South Korea. I have seen the inside of the airports in Denver, Phoenix, Detroit, Tokyo, Osaka and Seoul, but never left the airport grounds so can't count them.
Going into this trip, I had been to 27 states. I have also been to 16 countries. The states are too numerous to list, but the countries I have been to are:
- United States
- Hungary (behind the Iron Curtain in 1985)
- West Germany (when there was a West Germany in 1985)
- East Germany (travelled through on a train between Cologne and West Berlin, but the machine gun toting guards with dog teams searching the train grant me the "i'm claiming this one anyway" privilege)
- The Philippines
New England (1) - Maine. The final northeastern frontier. Beautiful.
The Southeast (3) - Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. Tennessee for some Civil War sites, or music and barbecue, but other than that...