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Traveling to every country in the world has taken me a hell of lot of time, effort and of course money, and whilst I believe overlanding across continents is the most fun way to travel, sometimes it’s easier to fly, especially if you wanna see the best things a country has to offer!

Only person on my flight!
Only person on my flight!
Airport in Tuvalu
Airport in Tuvalu

Since I started this journey in 2006, I’ve overlanded (including boats) from China to Ireland, Cape Town to Cairo, China to East Timor, Cameroon to Morocco, USA to Panama, and Colombia to Antartica, overland is the purest form of travel around for sure. However, I wouldn’t dream of missing the Galapagos islands, or Easter Island, nor would I want to spend 6 months finding ways to get through the Caribbean without flying, I still have my life to live, and my business to run so while travel is a huge part of my life, it’s not everything. I want to see my mum at Christmas, visit my sister and her kids, have reunions with my friends in Thailand, Australia, UK and Ireland. I want to speak at conferences, and experience everything life has to offer me, flying allows me to do that.

Flying over the Himalayas
Flying over the Himalayas

So with all these flights I’ve had some crazy experiences. Twice I’ve been the only person on a flight, I’ve bumped into Mick Jagger, flown in the cockpit, had flights cancelled and delayed more times than I can count, slept in airports too many times to mention, flown economy, and first class and everything in between. I’ve been to the world’s busiest airports, to some of the smallest airports imaginable, on planes that wouldn’t pass a test in Europe that’s for sure!

Immigration in Kiribati
Airport immigration in Kiribati

Anyway, I’ve crunched some numbers and worked out every flight I’ve taken since I began this journey, I think it’s kinda interesting. For a start, you can really see that since 2012, when I worked out how to make ‘real’ money from blogging, that my flight frequency increased a lot! Anyway, have a look:

Airport in Tonga
Airport in Tonga


      2006 (7 flights):

    1. Nottingham to Belfast, UK
    2. Belfast to Nottingham, UK
    3. London to New York, USA
    4. Newark to Las Vegas, USA
    5. LA to North Carolina, USA
    6. North Carolina to Ohio, USA
    7. New York to Dublin, Ireland


    2007 (5) :

    1. Dublin to Abu Dhabi, UAE
    2. Abu Dhabi to Bangkok, Thailand
    3. Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Thailand
    4. Kunming to Xi’an, China
    5. Xi’an to Kunming, China



    2008 (3) :

    1. Bangkok to Dhaka, Bangladesh
    2. Kathmandu, Nepal to Seoul, South Korea
    3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tokyo, Japan



    2009 (15) :

    1. Seoul, South Korea to Manila, Philippines
    2. Manila to Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia
    3. Kalimantan, Indonesia to Jakarta, Indonesia
    4. Bali/Denpasar to West Timor, Indonesia
    5. Dili, East Timor to Darwin, Australia
    6. Darwin to Sydney, Australia
    7. Sydney to Melbourne, Australia
    8. Melbourne to Sydney, Australia
    9. Sydney to Mumbai, India
    10. Mumbai to Chennai, India
    11. Chennai to Hyderabad, India
    12. Hyderabad to Colombo, Sri Lanka
    13. Colombo to Mumbai, India
    14. Mumbai to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    15. KL to Sydney, Australia


    2010 (18) :

    1. Sydney to Cairns, Australia
    2. Cairns to Sydney, Australia
    3. Sydney to Canberra, Australia
    4. Canberra to Sydney, Australia
    5. Sydney to Alice Springs, Australia
    6. Alice Springs to Sydney, Australia
    7. Sydney to Melbourne, Australia
    8. Melbourne to Sydney, Australia
    9. Sydney to Singapore
    10. Singapore to London, UK
    11. London to Belfast, UK
    12. Belfast to Paris, France
    13. Paris to London, UK
    14. London to Harare, Zimbabwe
    15. Harare to Lusaka, Zambia
    16. Nairobi to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    17. Damascus to Abu Dhabi, UAE
    18. Abu Dhabi to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


    2011 (10) :

    1. Bangkok to KL, Malaysia
    2. KL to BKK, Thailand
    3. Bangkok to KL, Malaysia
    4. KL to BKK, Thailand
    5. Bangkok to Yangon, Burma
    6. Yangon to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    7. KL to Bangkok, Thailand
    8. Bangkok to Taipei, Taiwan
    9. Taipei to Hong Kong, China
    10. Hong Kong to Bangkok, Thailand


    2012 (16) :

    1. Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    2. Kuala Lumpur to Seoul, South Korea
    3. Seoul to Dandong, China
    4. Pyongyang, North Korea to Beijing, China
    5. Harbin to Kunming, China
    6. Kunming to Bangkok, Thailand
    7. Bangkok to Chengdu, China
    8. Chengdu to Guilin, China
    9. Hungary to Istanbul, Turkey
    10. Istanbul to Tel Aviv, Israel
    11. Tel Aviv to Budapest, Hungary
    12. Budapest to Rome, Italy
    13. Nice to London, UK
    14. London to Dublin, Ireland
    15. Dublin to Dubai, UAE
    16. Dubai to Bangkok, Thailand


    2013 (54) :

    1. Bangkok, Thailand to Penang, Malaysia
    2. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Bangkok, Thailand
    3. Bangkok to Clarke, The Philippines
    4. Clarke to Bangkok, Thailand
    5. Bangkok to Phuket, Thailand
    6. Phuket to Bangkok, Thailand
    7. Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    8. Kuala Lumpur to Sydney, Australia
    9. Sydney to Brisbane, Australia
    10. Brisbane to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
    11. Port Moresby to Medan, Papua New Guinea
    12. Medan to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
    13. Port Moresby to Brisbane, Australia
    14. Brisbane to Christ Church, New Zealand
    15. *(helicopter), New Zealand
    16. Christ Church to Brisbane, Australia
    17. Brisbane to Honiara, Solomon Islands
    18. Honiara to Port Villa, Vanuatu
    19. Port Villa to Tanna, Vanuatu
    20. Tanna to Port Villa, Vanuatu
    21. Port Villa to Nadi, Fiji
    22. Nadi to Nukualofa, Tonga
    23. Eua to Nukualofa, Tonga
    24. Nukualofa to Auckland, New Zealand
    25. Auckland to Apia, Samoa
    26. Apia to Fagatogo, American Samoa
    27. Fagatogo to Apia, Samoa
    28. Apia to Sydney, Australia
    29. Sydney to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    30. Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok, Thailand
    31. Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    32. Kuala Lumpur to Colombo, Sri Lanka
    33. Colombo to Male, Maldives
    34. Male to Colombo, Sri Lanka
    35. Colombo to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    36. Kuala Lumpur to Perhentian islands, Malaysia
    37. Perhentian islands to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    38. Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok, Thailand
    39. Bangkok to Seoul, South Korea
    40. Seoul to Tashkent, Uzbekistan
    41. Tashkent to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    42. Bishkek to Osh, Kyrgyzstan
    43. Osh to Bishkek
    44. Bishkek to Dushanbe, Tajikistan
    45. Tashkent to Kazan, Russia
    46. Kazan to Istanbul, Turkey
    47. Istanbul to Adana, Turkey
    48. Adana to Erbil, Iraq
    49. Erbil to Istanbul, Turkey
    50. Istanbul to Tehran, Iran
    51. Tehran to Shiraz, Iran
    52. Istanbul to Valetta, Malta
    53. Valetta to Cyprus
    54. Nicosia, Cyprus to Dublin, Ireland


    2014 (42) :

    1. Belfast to London, UK
    2. London to Belfast, UK
    3. Dublin to Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    4. Amsterdam to Bangkok, Thailand
    5. Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Thailand
    6. Chiang Mai to BKK, Thailand
    7. BKK to Hong Kong
    8. HK to BKK, Thailand
    9. BK to Trang, Thailand
    10. Trang to BKK, Thailand
    11. BKK to Singapore
    12. Singapore to BKK, Thailand
    13. BKK to Mumbai, India
    14. Mumbai to London, UK
    15. Edinburgh to Belfast, UK
    16. Dublin to Chicago, USA
    17. Chicago to Texas, USA
    18. Texas to Mexico City, Mexico
    19. Mexico City to Cancun, Mexico
    20. Panama to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
    21. Montevideo to Asunción, Paraguay
    22. Asunción to Caracas, Venezuela
    23. Caracas to Barcelona, Venezuela
    24. Medellin to Quito, Ecuador
    25. Quito to Guaquil, Ecuador
    26. Guaquil to Galapagos, Ecuador
    27. Galapagos to Guaquil , Ecuador
    28. Guaquil to Quito, Ecuador
    29. Quito to the Amazon, Ecuador
    30. Cusco to Lima, Peru
    31. Santiago to Easter Island, Chile
    32. Easter Island to Santiago, Chile
    33. Ushuaia to Buenos Aries, Argentina
    34. Buenos Aries to Sao Paulo, Brazil
    35. Sao Paulo to Belem, Brazil
    36. Belem to Paramaribo, Suriname
    37. Georgetown, Guyana to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
    38. Port of Spain to Bridgetown, Barbados
    39. Bridgetown to St. George, Grenada
    40. George to Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    41. Kingstown to Castries, Saint Lucia
    42. Castries to Bridgetown, Barbados


    2015 ( 73) :

    1. Bridgetown to Dominica
    2. Dominica to St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda
    3. John’s to Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis
    4. Basseterre to San Juan, Puerto Rico
    5. San Juan to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    6. Santo Domingo Republic to Havana, Cuba
    7. Havana to Nassau, Bahamas
    8. Nassau to Kingstown, Jamaica
    9. Montego Bay to Brussels, Belgium
    10. London to Belfast, UK
    11. Dublin to Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    12. Amsterdam to Istanbul, Turkey
    13. Istanbul to Bahrain
    14. Bahrain to Kuwait
    15. Kuwait to Bangkok, Thailand
    16. Bangkok to Shanghai, China
    17. Shanghai to Chengdu, China
    18. Chengdu to Lhasa, Tibet
    19. Lhasa to Chengdu, China
    20. Chengdu to Kunming, China
    21. Kunming to Bangkok, Thailand
    22. Bangkok to Krabi, Thailand
    23. Krabi to Bangkok, Thailand
    24. Bangkok to Hong Kong, China
    25. Hong Kong to Bangkok, Thailand
    26. Bangkok to Surat Thani, Thailand
    27. Surat Thani to Bangkok, Thailand
    28. Bangkok to Muscat, Oman
    29. Muscat to Kuwait
    30. Kuwait to Istanbul, Turkey
    31. Istnabul to London, UK
    32. London to Dublin, Ireland
    33. Dublin to Dusseldorf, Germany
    34. Dusseldorf to Tunis. Tunisia
    35. Tunis to Algiers, Algeria
    36. Algiers to Dubai, UAE
    37. Dubai, to Juba, South Sudan
    38. Juba to Nairobi, Kenya
    39. Nairobi to Kigali, Rwanda
    40. Kigali to Bujumbura, Burundi
    41. Burundi to Kigali, Rwanda
    42. Kigali to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
    43. Dar Es Salaam to Moroni, Comoros Islands
    44. Moroni to Antananarivo, Madagascar
    45. Antananarivo to Nairobi, Kenya
    46. Nairobi to Mahe, Seychelles
    47. Mahe to Mauritius
    48. Mauritius to Johannesburg, South Africa
    49. Johannesburg to Maseru, Lesotho
    50. Maseru to Johannesburg, South Africa
    51. Johannesburg to Windhoek, Namibia
    52. Windhoek to Luanda, Angola
    53. Luanda to Brazzaville, Congo
    54. Brazzaville to Libreville, Gabon
    55. Libreville to Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe
    56. Sao Tome to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
    57. Malabo to Douala, Cameroon
    58. Douala to Bangui, Central African Republic
    59. Bangui, Central African Republic to Doula, Cameroon
    60. Douala, Cameroon to N’Djamena, Chad
    61. N’djamena to Abuja, Nigeria
    62. Abuja to Lagos, Nigeria
    63. Cotonou to Casablanca, Morocco
    64. Casablanca to Oran, Algeria
    65. Oran to Algiers, Algeria
    66. Algiers to Paris, France
    67. Paris to Lome, Togo
    68. Abidjan, Ivory Coast to Monrovia, Liberia
    69. Marrakesh to Casablanca, Morocco
    70. Casablanca to Praia, Cape Verde
    71. Praia to Casablanca, Morocco
    72. Casablanca to London, UK
    73. London to Dublin, Ireland


    2016 (29…)

    1. Dublin to London, UK
    2. London to Tunis, Tunisia
    3. Sfax, Tunisia to Misratah, Libya
    4. Misratah to Istanbul, Turkey
    5. Istanbul to Doha, Qatar
    6. Doha to Asmara, Eritrea
    7. Asmara to Dubai, UAE
    8. Dubai to Kabul, Afghanistan
    9. Kabul to Istanbul, Turkey
    10. Istanbul to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
    11. Ashgabat to Dubai, UAE
    12. Dubai to Karachi, Pakistan
    13. Karachi to Dubai, UAE
    14. Dubai to Bangkok, Thailand
    15. Bangkok to Manila, the Philippines
    16. Manila to Koror, Palau
    17. Koror to Guam, USA
    18. Guam to Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
    19. Pohnpei to Majuro, Marshall Islands
    20. Majuro to Tarawa, Kiribati
    21. Tarawa to Nadi, Fiji
    22. Nadi to Nauru, Nauru
    23. Nauru to Nadi, Fiji
    24. Nadi to Suva, Fiji
    25. Suva to Funafuti, Tuvalu
    26. Funafuti to Suva, Fiji
    27. Suva to Sydney, Australia
    28. Sydney to Singapore, Singapore
    29. Singapore to Bangkok, Thailand
    30. Bangkok to Istanbul, Turkey
    31. Istanbul to Djbouti to Mogadishu, Somalia
    32. Mogadishu to Wajir, Kenya
    33. Wajir to Nairobi, Kenya
    34. Nairobi to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    35. Addis Ababa to Muscat, Oman
    36. Muscat to Salalah, Oman
    37. Salalah to Muscat, Oman
    38. Muscat to Istanbul, Turkey
    39. Istanbul to London, UK
    40. Luton to Lyon, France
    41. Lyon to Edinburgh, UK
    42. Edinburgh to Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Kids on a runway in Tuvalu
    Kids on a runway in Tuvalu
    Flying in the South Pacific
    Flying in the South Pacific


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22 thoughts on “Flying to Every Country in the World

  1. now that is a lot of flying. you are a travel inspiration I loved reading about your adventure.

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  4. Hello
    I like your article, As it shows very interesting ideas and experiences which is traveling around the world. I also like that you high light about important aspect or our travels that most of us ignore its pleasure and cannot enjoy it as must which is airports and our flighs as its important part of our trips its small trip inside our main trip and we can make lots of memories.
    Good job keep on am waiting your next blog.

  5. that’s amazing! do you still have time to renew your passport? are you on foot when you arrived at the airport, or do you have car, traspo to get you around?

  6. Wow that’s ALOT of flying! Me and my partner Phil have done a fair bit over the years. China was probably the most we ever did in one country, as you say sometimes it’s just easier to fly. 2 weeks ago we were in Ilulissat in Greenland which has to be the smallest airport, with the smallest luggage conveyor belt we’ve ever been to! Have you been there? anyhow we love your blog! keep up the good work! Garth

    1. They have no conveyor belt in Zanzibar…only long tables where luggage is dropped and then you pick up yours.

  7. Great Man! Amazing planning. Lot of flight travelling you have done. Thanks for sharing this cool experience.

  8. Just wow! I wonder if you’ve counted the number of airlines you’ve used, too! 😀

  9. WOW, thats alot of flights – you have done well keeping track or remembering them all. I doubt I could make a list from memory of all my flights (and I havenn’t done nearly as many as you!) I would be interested to hear what your favourite airline is? I like Air New Zealand, Emirates and Qatar. Have you ever flown with any of the Chinese airlines? I think Air China currently have an amazing offer NZ to the UK for £500! I recently flew NZ – UK with Emirates on their new 17 hour flight Auckland – Dubai which was pretty good. I am just not sure what the Chinese airlines are like and I do not want to risk a 24 hour journey with a bad airline (no matter how good the price)!

  10. You really inspired me. Because I love traveling. I always mention to my friends & family – If Traveling No Charge, You will no c me anymore . I hope i can be like you . can traveling around the world & earn from sharing from my traveling esperience… Thanks for let me know i can earn money during traveling…..

  11. Amazing story, thanks for sharing it. Hope you enjoyed your time in my lovely country Ecuador and its Galapagos Islands and I also hope you get the change to return here one day.

    1. what is your favorite site for looking cheap flight prices? considering full freedom for flying dates, how in advance would you look for and book your flight? thanks a lot, Johnny

  12. Overlanding is better when you can also take photos at the border. But out of curiousity, what has been your most memorable airport during your travels, Johnny? And any favourite airline over the past 10 years?

    1. most memorable is prob the tiny one in the photo above mate, and fav airline would prob be Singapore or Japanese but for the price Turkish and Emirates are brilliant i think too 🙂

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