Where I’ve Been

Over 100 countries later, I haven’t satisfied my thirst for travel. Here’s a list of where I’ve been (click links for blog posts on those countries)…


Africa: Botswana, Ethiopia, EgyptKenya, Morocco, South AfricaTanzania (Mainland and island of Zanzibar), Zambia

Asia/Pacific: Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, IndiaIndonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Central America and Caribbean:  Barbados, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles (Curacao), Panama, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago

Europe: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, DenmarkEstonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, SwedenSwitzerlandTurkey, United Kingdom (England, Scotland), Vatican City

Middle East:  Israel, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates

North America:  Canada, Mexico, USA

South America:  Argentina, BoliviaBrazilChile, Colombia, EcuadorPeru, Uruguay



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    trevor warman
    June 8, 2012 at 8:35 am

    nice web site……. i think u’ll find England and scotland cant be both listed…. all comes under 1 name….. UK or GB :P….. in away that Taiwan is also China. and so is Hong Kong….


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      June 8, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Thanks for your comment! I know that Scotland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong aren’t countries per se, but they have their own parliaments and special administrative status, which is why I list them separately… Taiwan and Hong Kong have their own currencies (the Taiwanese Dollar and the Hong Kong Dollar) which are different and separate from the China’s Reminbi. You also get your passport stamp when entering/exiting Taiwan and Hong Kong, and even if you are a Hong Kong resident (like I was), you still need a tourist visa to enter China! Those are a few of the reasons I consider them separate.. As for Scotland, it used to be an independent, sovereign state in the 18th century, and even if it isn’t any more, it still retains a distinct culture different from England’s… Scotland also has its own flag and its own bank which prints its own sterling banknotes! 🙂

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        April 22, 2013 at 9:19 am

        Scotland is 100% its own country, fyi.

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        July 18, 2017 at 10:42 am

        Well said. Completely agree.

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      Ruth Hickman
      March 22, 2015 at 2:39 am

      Oneika, I love what you are doing! I really enjoy reading your posts and I loved your response to the reasons why you posted some of those cities separately! I loved Hong Kong and the shopping reminded me of bartering in Mexico! I’ve been to almost all the Caribbean islands, Hawaii, Japan, Korea, England! If I had to pick my favorite Caribbean island, I love Ocho Rios, Jamaica because we got married there, the friendliness of the people and the cuisine! I’ve studied abroad in Ghana, West Africa, as you suggested in an earlier article and loved the food there and gained 15 pounds in less than 3 weeks because the food was so delicious. I wish you safe travels and many more richer and newer life experiences! xo

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      madis manni
      July 26, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      England and scotland can be easily listed separately. I figure all the states of US can be listed separately. It is her list, after all, she can list the destinations any way she pleases 😉 Chill out, free up and enjoy! 😉 😉 😉

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      Rustic Traveller
      November 3, 2015 at 2:11 am

      I have followed your blogs and adventures. You should put together a weekly travel podcast, or even a travel show. Looking forward to seeing more of your travel blogs.

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      April 6, 2017 at 12:00 am

      Santiago Chile or Mallorca Spain

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    June 11, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Oh you left out Dubai! I was planning to go soon so was looking for your posta on it!

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      June 13, 2012 at 7:55 am

      You’re right! I forgot to scribble it in! But I’ve written a bunch of posts on my trip there, if you go on the main page and search you’ll find them!

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      August 21, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Actually she did include Dubai, It is part of the United Arab Emirates and as such is not a country on it’s own – that would be like saying California is a country…although some people think it should be!

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    June 30, 2012 at 9:03 am

    You are an inspiration! I am embarking on a new chapter in my life. After 20 year of working in corporate America I am starting over.I am done with the cubicable farm I would love to work and travel. Do you have any suggestions? i would not not mind teaching. Is a college degree required for these opportunities?

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    July 31, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your site. Recently I’ve been considering traveling solo and you’ve given me a great push. Do you have any suggestions for a first-timer solo international trip? I’ve considered a tour group but they seem so expensive.

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      August 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks Akesha! I recommend trying to meet up with other solo travellers while on your trip. A good way to do so is to check out travel forums specific to your destination to see who will be there to connect with. Lonely Planet Thorn Tree forums are amazing for meeting up with other travellers 😉

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    The Martha from Malta Diary
    September 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Any travel tips on Cuba?? I shall be travelling there next Nov and I was a bit confused on how to spend my 15 days as the island is bigger than I imagined, so I thought of focusing on one half of the island. Is that a good idea or not? 🙂

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      September 14, 2012 at 7:27 am

      Honestly I went over 10 years ago and spent nearly all of my time on a resort on Cayo Coco island! I’ll have to go back to see Cuba properly!

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    Kristina Sylvester
    November 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    You have inspired me to do this. I couldn’t picture someone who looks like me doing this. I love this BLOG! Do you have a book on the way?

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      November 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Awww!! Thanks so much!! No book.. yet!

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    November 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Wow, I’ve only read a few posts of your blog and I’m hooked.
    I’ve been to a few countries myself (about 9 so far) and I really want to add a lot of the ones that you have on your list. I find myself walking down the suitcase aisle in almost any store I go to just to see what’s the latest in suitcases. 🙂
    My main question is, how do you find the extra time/cash to travel like you want to?
    I’m not sure I’d make a great language teacher since I only speak english. (Like most Americans) But I am great at research and finances.

    Oh, also have you heard of these three friends who call themselves ‘The Lost Girls’? They left their careers in NY to travel the world for one year!

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    Camila Maria
    January 2, 2013 at 12:58 am

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’ve been to some of the places that I’ve always dreamed of going…like Croatia, Argentina and the Philippines…do you have posts up on them? I can’t wait to have my list be this big!

    What’s your favorite thing about travelling?

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    January 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Oneika, I can’t believe I haven’t read ur blog before…shame on me! I’m so jealous of ur amazing lifestyle 😛 funny how my job entails travelling, but u still travel more than me, smh rme…keep it up girl!

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    February 28, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Wow! Your awesome! It’s great to see another black female traveler like myself. But my journey has only just began. So far I’ve been to Germany, France, Haiti, Bahamas, Thailand, South korea, and of course the USA where I was born. You are truly and inspiration!

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    June 4, 2013 at 3:48 am

    I see you traveled to Egypt, and you didn’t like it, please share your experience. I am looking to travel to Egypt summer 2014.

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    June 10, 2013 at 4:40 am

    YOU INSPIRE ME! I want to go on a solo trip so bad, I think Spain will be the trip for me – Barcelona and San Sebastian. So glad I found your website!!!!!!

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    December 24, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Oneika, I love reading about your travel experiences and am so glad that you opened up about your trip to Egypt. I’d love to hear about your trip to Cuba. Do you think you’re share more about that trip any time in the future? All the best.

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    March 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    So many countries! Seriously-awe inspiring.

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    Pita-Gay Nelson
    March 19, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with the world. I am also elated to see people who look like me traveling the world and taking in all that it has to offer. When I grow up, I want to be just like you. 😉 Masalama!

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      Dr. Laurie B. Midgette
      January 12, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Pita-Gay Nelson!! I’ve been looking for you! How are you? I am so proud of you. Email me with your contact information: lmidgette@caa-ny.org.
      Dr. Laurie B. Midgette. Principal

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    Caroline Otieno
    May 12, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Wow! Those are quite a number of countries! I really am set to travel around like you do Oneika..

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    June 11, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Cool list!

    You should really visit Panama, so much going on here. I moved here in November 🙂

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      June 20, 2014 at 6:33 am

      Panama is definitely on my wish list!

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    June 23, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I am teaching English in the Czech Republic..and you are so inspiring ! Thank you-everyone thinks that it is my gap year and now I should come home and get a corporate job and settle down but I see that I can make a lifestyle out of teaching and travelling .

    Ps You definitely should visit NZ (I’m biased as I’m from there) but its truly one of the most beautiful places on earth !

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      June 26, 2014 at 7:49 am

      It’s on my list, Holly!!

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    August 19, 2014 at 3:36 am

    This site is truly Amazing and very inspiring. I have recently finished an 11 month volunteer term of AmeriCorps and now I’m doing work with a nonprofit org, although I love what I am doing I can’t help but research all the places I wish to visit. This is honestly the first time that I have ever commented on someone’s travel blog and I think it just means that I am one step closer to doing some real travel. I look forward to reading more of your post, as I will definitely be using them as a guide.

    Thanks Onieka!

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    Marie @mariestravels.com
    February 10, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I thought I had visited many countries, when I reached to number 30. But 70 is awesome! Love your blog – keep traveling!

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      February 11, 2015 at 4:28 am

      Woot! Safe travels to you!

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    March 12, 2015 at 1:41 am

    I read in one of your previous blogs that you intend to go to Botswana, South Africa or Namibia. Have you been to any of the countries yet? I highly recommend visiting all three at once. You would love it! There are really good travel packages from the likes of TravelStart (South Africa) and AT n T (Botswana).

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    March 27, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Hey! Just accidentally came across your blog – got really impressed! You are an inspiration. Reading your articles and looking at your pictures, made me believe that everything is possible. You made my dream come true, you literally live my dream. Thus, your story brings me hope and confidence that I can reach mine too. More adventures to you and never stop following dreams.
    PS I’m Russian myself and noticed that you don’t have Russia in your “been to” list. Believe me, you are missing out 🙂 Come one day and you will never regret. Even though we’re not very popular, modern or developed, we can’t boast about something other countries can, but, nevertheless, we’ve got a lot of our own to see and explore.

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      March 28, 2015 at 5:10 am

      I’ve been dying to go to Russia, was actually planning on going this summer but it fell through.. Hopefully soon! Thanks for reading!

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    July 1, 2015 at 3:23 am

    I happen to stubble upon your blog after you commented on another blog. I love your blog and you inspire me to travel more as a caribbean girl.. I’m a blogger myself you can check out my island girl blog http://revealingmylayers.blogspot.com/

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    August 20, 2015 at 2:55 am

    You Rock. I’m 59 and traveling abroad alone for the first time. I can’t wait, so excited. Cheers to you.

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    August 21, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Debbie I am 62 and a long time solo traveler – I applaud you. Enjoy!

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    September 4, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    If you are in the caribbean surely you got ti come to ANTIGUA

    I admire you …. One in a milliion actually living life …….We were made to explore

    Not all of us can do what you do but for me I feel good when someone can e fortunate enough to do something I cant

    Keep it up ad be safe !!!


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      September 9, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      A couple of my best friends are from Antigua! They are planning on doing Antigua carnival next summer, hopefully I can make it there with them…

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    September 19, 2015 at 6:33 am

    Hi there. I have just discovered your blog and I cannot believe you have been to 70 countries and that none of them was Brazil!! And it’s not even on the top of your up next. As a brazilian I wonder why is that, is it because of safety issues? Anyway, I can see that it’s in your plans so world’s 5th biggest country in both size and population awaits you dearly!! I hope onde day I have traveled as much as you have. Congratulations for the blog, best regards from Florianópolis, Santa Catarina ;))) (I would offer you our sofa for a few days if you ever come here, but I’ve read on the blog that you’re not fond of staying at hostels anymore, so I imagine couchsurfing is not an option as well 😛 )

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    October 20, 2015 at 4:13 am

    Hi Oneika,

    Nice presentation and impressive list of countries visited. Just started my own blog after visited more than 40 countries and territories, yours provided me with much needed ideas and inspiration.

    Checn out my humble blog http://thebananasjourney.com/ which is still in its infancy stage. Lots to improve and ideas are welcome with many thanks.

    Safe travel.

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    Inverted Sheep
    December 22, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    I’ve just discovered your blog through the counting countries post that was shared on Matador and I think I’m going to really enjoy reading it. I totally agree with your reasons for keeping count. I’ve tried to keep count too, but the countries keep changing (Germany was 2 countries when I first went there, now it’s only one; Yugoslavia was just the one country, now it’s … erm … a lot). And how long do you have to stay in a country for it to count? I don’t count passing through an airport, but if I spend a day visiting a city or village, I’ll count it even if I leave the same day. I have other friends who’ll only count it if they’ve spent at least one night there. Like you, I count England, Scotland, Hong Kong, Macau, etc as separate places, though I know not everyone does.

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    January 14, 2016 at 1:42 am

    Hi Oneika,
    You’ve inspired me. I always wanted to travel and live abroad. I feel that something always stop me such as family. I know that if I made this decision they will try to hold me back not to go because they’re so scared what is going on in the outside world. How do you do it ?

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    Edward Wanambwa
    February 14, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Thanks for the much needed inspiration. I am a free spirit and now I have means and time to travel. No excuses just adventures ! Thanks so much I love the website and videos. safe travels.

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    March 15, 2016 at 1:50 am

    Amazing travel blogs, Oneika. Due to your blogs, I am inspired and motivated by travel blogs to travel alone and to learn about different culltures by being open-minded. Do you have a travel blog for Greece? I’m a bit concerned about Greece because I hear of unequal treatment of people of color. I am a female African-American who is considering traveling to Athens and do some island hopping to the Greek islands of Crete, Mykonos, and Santorini. I am curious to know about your travel experiences of Greece through your travel blogs. Thank you and good day.

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    April 19, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Enjoyed reading & finding your blog. I also started my travel when I was in my late teens early 20s while in the military. I had all expenses paid trips to several European countries. Once I left the military & life hit me (child & the need for stability lol) I had to cut down travel to a few Caribbean islands twice a year. I can’t wait until I’m free again to really go abroad and continue to see all that’s out there.

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    May 4, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Oneika Darl, I am proud of you and your travel spree. Can I host you in Nnigeria

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    Nikkeya Bradley
    August 4, 2016 at 12:19 am


    I am loving your blog. As I prepare for my next trip, I am going through many of posts searching for tips and advice. I saw that you went to Greece. Where did you go and do you have a blog about that trip that I may have missed? If not, can you offer any tips on what to expect from people? I have some concerns about the treatment of poc and I being an African American woman wanted to know if you could give me any information on expectations. I’m a bit nervous and while the topic has come up briefly there hasn’t been much open dialog. Any information on all things Greek would be great. Thanks!

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    September 7, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Dear Oneika, Macedonia its the area name of Thessaloniki city in Greece for more than 2000 years. The correct name is FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia). Sorry for the political stupidity point here (nothing racist). Its all about culture and history really that forms a country. FYROM people are usurp the name and the Greek history as part of theirs (which is stupid really) if you considered that they are trying to recreate an ancient greek city and history just for the sake of the name Macedonia which already exist for thousand of years, it is part of Greece and its founder, Great Alexander, the ancient Greek King. So Macedonia is a name used for a part of Greece and not for Slavic country. The name Macedonia standing alone is not very respectful towards the history and the great culture of Greece. So FYROM it is or FYR Macedonia would be more clear 😉

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    Kimberly Threadgill
    February 19, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Hi Oneika!!
    I love your blog and noticed that you’ve been to Morocco, didn’t include any information on your travels. Any tips that you’d like to share, particularly Marrakech?

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