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Hi. I’m Jonathan Sacks. I currently live in San Francisco, California, after having previously lived in New York, Arizona, and Scotland. I love to travel. That should be fairly obvious, as I have started a travel website. It would be pretty idiotic to write about something I didn’t enjoy. If you’re wondering where my blog name “Everybody Hates A Tourist” comes from, it’s a reference to a line from the song “Common People” by Pulp.

Everybody hates a tourist, especially one who thinks it’s all such a laugh

The name is sort of a joke, but also sort of a reminder that traveling is more than just going to a different place, it’s also getting to know a place & not judging it or making fun of it just because it is different. To me, a tourist is someone who gets shuttled from place to place for quick visits without ever really interacting with anyone who isn’t part of their tour group.

So far, I have been to 38 countries, plus another 11 major territories and 37 states. For countries I have used the UN list, while territories follows the Travelers’ Century Club list and criteria. Here are the countries & territories I have traveled to thus far, in order:

Countries

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  • United States
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Italy
  • Vatican City
  • Switzerland
  • France
  • United Kingdom (all nations)
  • Ireland
  • Slovakia
  • Czech Republic
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • The Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Australia
  • Spain
  • Andorra
  • Portugal
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Japan
  • Cuba
  • Latvia
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea
  • North Korea (in the conference room in the DMZ)

Territories/sub-countries

  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • Alaska (yes, I know it’s entirely part of the U.S., but the Travelers’ Century Club has a listing for it)
  • Hawaiian Islands (ditto)
  • Gibraltar
  • Balearic Islands
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau
  • Taiwan

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World countries visited & U.S. states visited maps from amcharts.com

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U.S. County map from Mob-rule.com

My personal travel goal is to go to at least one new place on each trip. So while I will go back to Scotland from time to time to visit friends, I will combine it with a trip to somewhere new in Europe.

When I travel, I place the highest importance on value. Value does not necessarily mean being cheap. Value is getting the most out of what your budget, whatever that may be. I do enjoy using airline miles to fly in business and/or first class. Booked properly, these tickets get the highest value for your miles. Many of these miles came from signing up for credit cards, though there are plenty of other ways to earn free travel. Stay tuned to this site, and I will help you learn how. It’s not nearly as difficult as you might think.

Once I am in a destination, I generally prefer to stay in lower budget accommodations so I can meet other travelers and get to know a place without the sterile confinement of a fancy hotel. This is not to say that I don’t like comfort or that I would turn down a nice hotel if it’s inexpensive. I have stayed in independent hotels and private hostel rooms that were perfectly decent, for a fraction of what a large, fancy chain would cost. For the most part, most big hotels are same around the world. There’s probably one you could go to near your house that would offer the same atmosphere as one in London or Tokyo, so why bother with those when you can stay with something more uniquely local?

Where I do like to splurge is on those local experiences. When you travel to a place, that’s your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try their foods and check out their history and customs. When will you get that opportunity again? Eat where the locals eat. Drink where the locals drink. Walk or climb to the highest point to get that great view. Venture to the neighborhoods where the locals live. Look up. Look down. Don’t be afraid to get lost every now and then. You’ll be glad you did. -Jonathan

 

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