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Most Visited Countries by JetPunkers

Over 8,000 JetPunk users have filled out a map of countries they have lived in or visited. Which countries were marked by the highest percentage of users?
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First submittedSeptember 9, 2017
Last updatedApril 12, 2019
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Country
64.3
United States
58.9
United Kingdom
57.9
France
49.5
Germany
46.6
Italy
45.3
Spain
36.0
Netherlands
%
Country
35.2
Canada
33.0
Belgium
32.4
Austria
29.8
Switzerland
26.4
Greece
23.3
Vatican City
22.6
Czech Republic
%
Country
21.1
Denmark
20.8
Portugal
20.6
Mexico
19.8
Ireland
19.6
Sweden
18.8
Turkey
17.4
Poland
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level 71
Sep 10, 2017
Clever idea!
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level 66
Apr 2, 2019
North America and Europe...that's it? Wow. Worldly travelers they are not.
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level ∞
Apr 12, 2019
Isn't it obvious that people tend to visit countries nearer to where they live than ones further away?
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level 55
Jun 6, 2019
LOL what about the Caribbean, South America and Central America? Pretty interesting place there, and also vacation spots, but no travellers?
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level 58
Jun 6, 2019
Well, Americans generally tend to travel within the United States since it is such a huge country.
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level 61
Jun 6, 2019
@Eigengrau, I was also surprised not to see any Caribbean countries on here, but there are dozens of islands people visit (a couple of which are US territories), so it makes sense that there wouldn't be a big enough number for any one country to make this list.
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level 40
Aug 2, 2019
And also places that don’t require the pain of border control and giant lines.
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level 65
Apr 15, 2019
So, if most JetPunk users were from Southeast Asia, I am guessing that you figure you would see a lot of people visiting Bolivia and Gabon instead of Thailand and Vietnam? Right, of course.
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level 61
Jun 6, 2019
There are so many things wrong with this comment. First, these are the most popular countries for travel. It doesn't say they're the only countries these people go to. Second, these countries are pretty much all easy to travel to and around. They're all relatively safe, first-world countries, so they're likely to get the most travelers. Third, location is huge. Japan, Australia, and New Zealand are notably absent because they are far away from North America and Europe, both of which have lots of people with the means to travel and who speak proficient English (which makes them more likely to be JetPunk users). Fourth, in the case of Europe, it's easy to jump from one country to the next, so if you go to one, you're more likely to visit several (and if you live in Europe, you're very likely to have been to most of Europe). So, maybe hop off that high horse and work on your critical reasoning, is what I'm saying, I guess.
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level 70
Jun 6, 2019
hybrid, if you want us to travel longer distances so badly, you can pay for our tickets to Tanzania, Brazil, and New Zealand. I'll gladly go.
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level 62
Jun 9, 2019
Come and visit New Zealand! You'll need at least 3 weeks here to justify spending the amount to get here.
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level 44
Jun 10, 2019
Ikr
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level ∞
Apr 12, 2019
The original quiz sampled the top 200 users. I went into the database and wrote a script for all users.
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level 85
Apr 12, 2019
Thank you, it was fun!
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level 60
Apr 12, 2019
Why'd you remove the map? It was cool to see all the green in 2 places.
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level 69
Apr 12, 2019
#teamPoland
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level 57
Jun 7, 2019
Polska!
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level 67
Apr 12, 2019
Well, every country I've been to is on this list... as are a lot more that I've never been to. I'd really like to travel more.
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level ∞
Apr 12, 2019
Least visited: South Sudan, Guinea-Bissau, Central African Republic.
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level ∞
Apr 12, 2019
We won't be making a least-visited countries quiz however. Low numbers in poll results are inherently untrustworthy. This has been called Lizardman's Constant.
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level 72
Apr 13, 2019
Please do make a least-visited version! By the way, the theory around Lizardman's Constant doesn't apply here, because people cannot add stupid answers to the answer list by declining to answer countries they haven't been to, because they'll only be a part of the 99% who genuinely haven't been. The only possible incorrecting effect could be that some countries might disappear off the list if people pretend they have been to some obscure countries, but at least let's get the numbers out there so we can start to get a sense of whether that might be happening.
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level ∞
Apr 13, 2019
Lizardman's Constant absolutely applies here, sorry. I seriously doubt that more than 1% of JetPunkers have visited Nauru.
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level 77
Apr 13, 2019
yeah I don't see why it wouldn't apply. Just because you can't see the results as you're filling in your own map doesn't mean that you won't try to amuse yourself by saying that you're from Zimbabwe. Maybe you could make a quiz about least number of visits to JetPunk based on IP, that would be more reliable.
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level 58
Jun 6, 2019
How about a version with the most visited US states. I would find that pretty interesting.
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level 65
Apr 12, 2019
Is there a reason Czech Republic is listed as Czechia here? I know I almost always type it in as Czechia, but usually it comes up as Czech Republic.
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level ∞
Apr 12, 2019
Changed it to Czech Republic to be consistent with our other quizzes.
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level 63
Apr 13, 2019
Cool quiz, but no surprises. I've visited all but 1 (Canada) and even lived in 3 of these.
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level 77
Apr 13, 2019
Your travels conform more to JetPunk norms than my own. I've been to twice as many countries as you, but missed 5 on this list (Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Ireland, Mexico). I would say that I've lived in 3 of these places (the US, Greece, and Turkey). I've spent a lot more time in Eastern Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East than I have in Western Europe.
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level 63
Apr 13, 2019
Not bad for a 10-year-old.
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level 77
Jun 6, 2019
burn?
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level 61
Jun 6, 2019
There was no mention of which countries he has been to that werent on this list. Just because he visted all but one on this list does not imply that those are all the countries he has been to.

Edit but maybe ( probably?) you checked out his profile

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level 63
Jun 6, 2019
Sifhraven: She & her
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level 77
Jun 6, 2019
yes I looked at skukka's profile. Otherwise I wouldn't have known the total number she visited.
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level 71
Jun 6, 2019
A very articulate 10-year-old it seems!
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level 77
Jun 7, 2019
I'm still not sure if skukka was referring to me or herself. If me, I'm not 10, I'm 40.
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level 63
Jul 3, 2019
Yes, I was referring to him. I never had to compare sizes quite like that being female, but (here) I see clearly how it works with little boys.
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level 77
Apr 13, 2019
Interesting but unsurprising quiz.
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level 77
Apr 13, 2019
Does the fact that the UK almost ties the USA here mean that we can stop complaining about results being skewed by too many Americans taking the quiz?
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level 68
Apr 13, 2019
Well, the UK is the USA's third top destination, and more tourists come to the UK from the USA than any other country except France. Obviously if you add all the European tourists to the UK together they vastly outweigh Americans though. And the fact that European countries are so well represented on the list surely means there must be healthy European representation here. Will that stop people complaining though? I doubt it. Takes a lot for people to give up their favourite hobby :)
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level 61
Apr 13, 2019
Do a version with most visited countries per continent (maybe exclude continents that get hardly any visitors)
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level 79
May 13, 2019
Based on the results of this quiz, that would exclude 5 of the 7 continents ;)
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level 51
Apr 14, 2019
Vatican City ? That's weird
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level 71
Apr 15, 2019
How so? Rome is a pretty popular tourist destination. I would wager the percentage is actually a bit higher, but people have forgotten to list it as a separate country when they mark that they have been to Italy.
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level 72
Apr 18, 2019
It's probably accurate- the average JetPunker who will fill out a map would be abnormally excited to record their visit to a European micronation
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level 80
Apr 14, 2019
Too Europe-centric! Need more American answers! :-)
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level 35
Apr 14, 2019
Here's my list of visited countries. I'm from Brazil and I have been to Argentina, Paraguay and Peru in South America, Portugal and France in Europe, Qatar in Asia, South Africa in Africa and Australia in Oceania. Targets now are Antarctica and North Pole.
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level 61
May 8, 2019
This quiz is really interesting and fun. I've been to 13 of these and will visit #14 this summer. I will never make the full list though because of one country that I don't want to visit.
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level 45
May 21, 2019
Which one?
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level 62
Jun 6, 2019
Very NorthernHemisphere-entric. I guess little ol' New Zealand lucks out here. We are miles away from anywhere! Worth a visit though (and Australia). I have been to 7 of these most visited countries. Time for another trip to Europe...
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level 62
Jun 6, 2019
My favourite country I have visited (out of 22): Turkey.
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level 47
Jun 6, 2019
Wasn't expecting the Vatican to be on there
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level 35
Jun 6, 2019
Great quiz! It becomes apparent quite early on that the answers are mainly Europe and North America.
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level 39
Jun 6, 2019
I've been in 7 of these
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level 61
Jun 6, 2019
Sweden but no norway? I wonder why, while you are up there you might aswell visit the neighbours.
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level 79
Jun 6, 2019
While I agree, there is a very simple explanation. Copenhagen is a hop, skip and jump from Sweden. So you get a lot of cross travel between the two. Getting to Norway from any major city in Sweden is a lot more difficult.
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level 61
Jun 6, 2019
Norway is also crazy expensive. Not that the rest of Scandinavia is cheap, but I blew through my travel budget in Norway really quickly and didn't do anything extravagant while I was there. I imagine people close enough to Norway to travel there might do the math and reason a cheaper trip to Germany, Netherlands, etc. might be a better option.
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level 52
Jun 6, 2019
So users are either from the US or UK? Makes sense because it's an english language site. Then it makes sense that Brits travel around Europe while USA citizens...stay in the US.
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level 61
Jun 6, 2019
Or, and hear me out here: US citizens travel to all kinds of different countries, including in Europe, and the combination of Americans and Europeans traveling to European countries means those countries skew toward the top? You know, a+b > a? How many different people are going to fail to understand that "most visited countries" is not the same as "the only countries people visit"?
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level 49
Jun 6, 2019
Honestly, I'm fairly surprised that the US is as low as it is - I would've expected more than 64% of users to have been to the US at some point in their lives.
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level 34
Jun 6, 2019
Could there be a complete list?
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level 77
Jun 7, 2019
Yeah it's called the Countries of the World Quiz.
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level 50
Jun 7, 2019
I guessed Vatican and forgot Italy... HOW!?
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level 36
Jun 7, 2019
Okay I'm possibly one of the very few Indians on this site. Feels weird.
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level 46
Jun 7, 2019
I've only been in 4 countries so far, due to living in a not-so-rich family. I'm planning on reaching the 100 country mark eventually though! Does anyone have any suggestions regarding some less-visited countries?
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level 77
Jun 7, 2019
My personal favorite less-often-visited countries include Israel, Ethiopia, Georgia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Lebanon, and Ukraine. I also loved Egypt, Thailand, Russia, Hong Kong and Japan, though, while none of those countries appear in the above rankings they all receive over 5 million tourists annually so I don't think I would call them "less-visited."

You do not have to be rich to travel! This is a common misconception. When I talk about my experiences traveling I'm always perplexed that people think that I'm bragging about being wealthy and living extravagantly. I'm not. I met people in my travels who were coming from modest families from Colombia, Trinidad, the Philippines, Sudan, Iraq, and many other places. I met people who were traveling for less than $250 a year or for free, and who had been doing this for years. Google things like shoestring travel, global nomads, Couchsurfing, food saving, workaway, rideshare, busking, hostelworld, etc. if you want to know how.
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level 40
Jun 7, 2019
Most of these countries look like they are on the same Contiki tour that goes through Europe. Not that I've been on it, but have some friends that did.
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level 48
Aug 23, 2019
Why does it still say 'Czech Republic' instead of 'Czechia'? It even felt a little weird to spell out 'Czech Republic' again...
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level 52
Sep 4, 2019
Woah! You guys need to visit Eastern Hemisphere. I was shocked not to see Japan, China, India, Egypt, Saudi in the list.
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level 41
Sep 28, 2019
I tried Ukraine and North Korea.