January 31- 2017 | Reflections
Posted By : HHLifestyleTravel
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I’ve been collecting passport stamps since I got my own passport at age 16 (before then, I was on my Mom’s passport). The first few trips were to Australia (from New Zealand), before heading over to Europe for my ‘Big OE
‘ in 1999. It’s a shame we don’t get stamps for travelling in the EU (yet), as my passports would look far more exciting than they do! But then again, I like the less restricted movement of people and the ease of travel without visas, so I can’t complain too much!
I’ve only been to a relatively small number of countries – a mere 20 out of the 195+ sovereign states in the world… but I have visited those 20 countries a combined 64 times (as at January 2017)… so that ain’t so bad in the scoring stakes! But remember, it’s not a competition – quality over quantity, as they say!
I found my old passports the other day and was enjoying looking through all the stamps. My favourites are the Canadian stamps as they remind me of all the times I have visited my family in Canada. My Japanese visa is also fun – although I wish I had spent longer in Japan, rather than just a stopover in Osaka
I love being able to look back at my passport to see where it has taken me, and am disappointed when I visit a country that doesn’t stamp! But I am excited to have many more trips planned to add to my passport stamp collection! What stories do your passport stamps tell? What stamps are you most proud of? Share in the comments below!