Charting my course

I don’t know if I’ll manage to get to all these islands, or if I’ll see them in this order. But I can dream!

In 2019, I toured a few landlocked countries, such as Swaziland, Tajikistan, Serbia and Bolivia. Now, it’s time to set sail to some island nations. After all, if I’m going to see all the countries in the world − of which the UN has 193 members − I have to keep moving. Or in this case, sailing.

To make sure that I still had my sea legs, I started with 10 days crewing on a schooner on Lake Huron. Please visit my chapter about the War of 1812 to read about this historic adventure. Then, from North America, I crossed the Pacific to Micronesia — where I was marooned on the island of Kosrae for more than a year. Sitting out the Global Pandemic on a tropical virus-free paradise turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

From Kosrae, we’ll see where the winds blow me, and whether I find a ship that needs crew. Meanwhile, I’ll maintain a world map of the 150+ countries I’ve visited so far. As always, feel free to share this travel blog with your friends and family. Send suggestions or questions by email or post something in the comment section below each chapter.