I love to travel, but I am a glorified pin on the map guy. That's right, I collect countries. No letters or phone calls please. I can just here dozens of you voicing your horror right now. Yes, I do like to meet new people and experience cultures. I have been well off the beaten path when there wasn't even a path to be beaten. I have many times been the obvious tourist feeling a bit awkward. But I want to see the whole world and you have to stay busy! It does not help that 3 countries I have been in no longer exist! So what is the master plan? I have been trying to average 6 NEW countries a year. As of April 2012 I have 10 new ones! Last year (2011) was a very good year for new countries with 8 (1 being Antarctica!). I did visit 18 Countries so not too bad a year! Country 100 was Cambodia in February 2009. I am trying to build some tips and photos, but I only bought a digital camera a few years ago. Scanning old dusty photos is hard work. I have an all-new appreciation for you that have really spent the time to do all that you do.