One of the questions I’ve gotten the most on my Instagram Q&As is which country I want to visit next and while I’m not exactly a travel blogger, I’m constantly daydreaming about our next adventure! I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it on the blog before or not but I’m obsessed with this app called Been that tracks the number of countries and states you’ve visited and tells you what percent of the world and United States you’ve visited.


Dominican Republic


It turns out I’ve been to 26 countries and 42 states. We had a goal to see all 50 states as a family growing up and I believe we hit 37 before we all started going off to college and it became harder to find time to travel with all six of us, but I’ve hit a few additional ones on my own and would love to think we’ll be able to hit all 50 together at some point in our lives! And I think studying abroad in Tours, France, helped me visit the most countries in one period (and was around the time I started Design Darling!). Here are the countries I’ve visited in alphabetical order (I can’t remember exact chronological order!):




  1. Anguilla
  2. Austria
  3. The Bahamas
  4. Bermuda
  5. Czech Republic
  6. Dominican Republic
  7. England
  8. Finland
  9. France
  10. Germany
  11. Greece
  12. Italy
  13. Kenya
  14. Mexico
  15. The Netherlands
  16. Puerto Rico
  17. Saint Barthélemy
  18. Saint Martin
  19. Sint Maarten 
  20. South Africa
  21. Spain
  22. Switzerland
  23. Tanzania
  24. Turkey
  25. United States of America
  26. Vatican City


South Africa


I’m not totally convinced that Saint Martin and Sint Maarten (French and Dutch sides of the same island) ought to be counted as two individual countries but regardless it’s cool to think I’ve only set foot in 10% of countries on Earth! I feel so fortunate to have been able to travel to each and every one of these places and can’t wait to see where the next 29 years of my life take me!

I’ve been publishing some more conversational posts around here (things I would talk about with my girlfriends, like asking your opinion on dining chairs or talking about the jewelry you wear every day) and it’s been really fun to learn more about you all and see you engage with each other in the comments, so I’d love to keep those kinds of posts coming if that’s okay with you! I’d love to hear how many countries you’ve visited in the comments and which ones were your very favorites (or which ones you’re happy to have crossed off the list!).

P.S. You can browse a ton more travel posts here!


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  1. I’m sitting over here thinking I’ve been to so many places… then I start to list them out and I’ve only visited 10 countries, haha! I’ve been to the USA (where I live, so it’s kinda hard to count this one), Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, France, Spain, The Netherlands and Greece. Next year I’m visiting Thailand, which has been a huge bucket list destination for me. Another place that’s high on the list is South America, specifically Argentina. Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Mendoza (Malbec country!) would be my dream destination!

  2. I just discovered Been while in Italy with friends this summer! (And now I’m slightly depressed because I’ve only been to 4% of the world and 28% of the US…but I guess there’s that much more to explore?) I love reading your posts about travel, and can’t wait to do more myself – the travel bug has bitten me HARD! I did my first trip to Europe this summer and went to England, France, Hungary, Greece, Italy, and the Vatican.

  3. Congratulations! What a great idea of your parents to take you and your siblings to see the country – I wish my parents had had that idea; there are still some “white spots” on my inner map of Germany… 🙂 Still, I have been to 22 countries and counting! My favorites have been Sweden and Italy: Sweden for its unbelievably beautiful light in Summer, Italy (especially Rome) for its history and art that are so readily accessible for everyone. But I could go on forever – the markets of Marrakech felt like I fell into a parallel universe, the old grey stone buildings in Edinburgh will always remind me of my favorite season when I visited the city, the fjords in Norway that were breathtaking, a majestic force of nature!

  4. I’m currently living as an expat in Barcelona and have been fortunate to visit a lot of countries while in Europe. It’s SO much easier here than traveling from the US. I’ve gotten flights as cheap as $40 to other countries! I’m here for only 8 months total and have managed to get to 18 countries in that time (making my total 33). Living over here and traveling a bunch has made me realize how much more of the world there is to see and it’s a bit overwhelming! My wish list is super long but I’m excited for future adventures!

  5. I’ve only been to 2% of the world! So much more to see! In college I did study abroad which also helped me check some countries off my list and I recently went to Canada for the first time! Over the past few years though I have made it my mission to see more of the US. My bucket list goal is to visit all 60 National Parks.

    Also, not sure how Been goes about determining countries but Puerto Rico is technically a part of the US.

  6. Countries I’ve visited…
    United Kingdom
    Costa Rica
    Coming up in November…Italy!
    And hoping to add some new Carribbean countries in the spring (likely Anguilla, St Martin, and maybe St Barths)

    Does Scotland count as a separate country? Surely if Sint Maartin and Saint Martin are separate,…haha

      1. Nice!! Then I’ll count England and Scotland separately haha.

        My husband and I haven’t been to Italy at all!! He’s also crossed off a good number of countries: Canada, US, France, UK, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, St Lucia, BVI, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua, Israel, Jordan, Costa Rica…and that’s just what I can think of!

        In November we fly in and out of Venice and want to do a more leisurely, wandering trip that’s more food and relaxing than tons of sightseeing and checking off items on a list. We plan to drive through Verona, Parma, Modena, and Bologna too. Any suggestions for food and things to do are welcome!!!

        1. Saw your comment and had to respond… we did our honeymoon in Italy about a year ago and spent four days in Bologna. So glad you’re stopping there – it’s a bit off the typical tourist Italy path but SUCH a neat city. The history and architecture are amazing; we honestly spent most of our days just zig zagging through the streets, wandering into old churches, stopping for meals, etc. We tried to get into Osteria Francescana (up at 3am the SECOND reservations kicked off local time months beforehand) and missed out, but if you can make it to Massimo’s sister restaurant, Franceschetta58 in Modena, do it! We ventured up there from Bologna one night (we had a rental car for our whole trip – highly recommend) and the dinner & experience was phenomenal.

  7. love this post! i’ve been to 31 countries, and just got back from #30 and #31 — australia and new zealand! both were really incredible and now that i’ve done the flight back from auckland to NYC i feel like i can do anything! ironically even though i’ve been about as far as you can go with new zealand, i’ve never been to mexico, so that’s next on my list!

    x Diana // Pearl Girl

  8. I have been to 62 countries in (10 years) and it’s only because I was so lucky to work for an exclusive international company at 21. I second on Ireland!!! My fiancé hasn’t been and it’s our first trip as a married couple we want to visit. One of my all time favorite trips was 3 weeks to South East Asia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. I HIGHLY reccomend Vietnam! The food, the incredibly kind people, the beautiful beaches, learning and seeing all the history, the shopping. I loved it and I talk often about trying to go back. It’s just so far away.

  9. I’ve only been to 11 countries because I keep taking trips back to my favorites–Bermuda and Ireland! I would HIGHLY recommend a trip to Ireland at any time of year–it’s perfect. However, one of my all-time favorite trips was to Egypt and Jordan, which was my high school graduation present from my parents. I went with a group from my school and it was amazing–we cruised down the Nile, went into the Pyramids, saw King Tut’s tomb, raced camels in the desert, and visited Petra in Jordan!!

    Sarah | all in the details