I've been to 15 countries. It sounded like a decent number until I saw in on a map. As illustrated, 15 countries is a piddly amount and it drives home the point that the world is a big place and I've hardly reached out to see it. With the exception of Vietnam and Thailand, I haven't ventured to many non-Western, non-industrialized countries. And I've never been to the southern hemisphere. We are hoping to change all that this year with a trip down south. We've recently looked into visiting Chile at Christmastime. How wonderful would it be to ring in 2007 in Patagonia?
On the other hand, I've visited 38 of our 50 fair United States. This country is vast and beautiful. Mr. Octopus and I were blown away during our cross-country trip last year (we took the northern route). He liked South Dakota and I liked Wyoming best. A few years back we got engaged in New Mexico, which is a quietly magical place (they don't call it the "Land of Enchantment" for nothing). A must visit for desert lovers.