When I was a kid I wanted to be sophisticated, and one of the things I figured was a defining characteristic of sophisticated people was that they travelled a lot. So I set myself a target — that I would aim to visit a minimum of one new country for each year I lived.

I remembered that the other day and wanted to see if I’d actually done it, so I made this chart.

Turns out I’m surprisingly close — at the age of 43, I’ve lived in three countries and visited an additional 38: Barbados, Canada, the United States, Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, England, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Portugal, Peru, Chile, Easter Island, Malaysia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Egypt, India, Israel, Argentina, Poland, and the United Arab Emirates.

I also realized that if I want to visit all the world’s countries before I die, I need to seriously pick up the pace — if I assume I could travel unimpeded until reaching the age of 81, I’d still need to visit roughly seven new countries per year, starting now.