I've discovered I pretty much want to see and do everything... but I thought I would set a more realistic goal to begin... 40 countries before I turn 40 and as many friends as I can make along the way... I reached my goal in July of 2013, and now I'm just adjusting it to add at least another new country every year.
So here's where I've been: Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Japan, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Vatican City (wikipedia says this is a country, and I've not bothered to research if that is actually true), St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Dominica, Bonaire, Aruba, Jamaica, Turkey, Greece, Monaco, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, England, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Russia, the United States, and Canada... I've also been to the Cayman Islands (technically a British territory I believe)
My top ten of places I would like to see next, in no specific order: Ireland, Chile, New Zealand, Scotland, Morocco, Thailand, Iceland, Egypt, Peru, and South Africa.
Next up... Iceland in June!