I've spent time in 57 countries, but that number is debatable. A country is not necessarily the same thing as a nation. Most agree its a difference between culture and politics. I count Tibet as a separate country, even though the Chinese government disagrees. And I count Scotland, Quebec, and Puerto Rico as separate countries because they have such distinct cultures from the United Kingdom, Canada, and the US. The same goes for Bermuda, Siberia, and Greenland, the three having drastically unique cultures when compared to the nation they belong to politically.

Red: Been there, done that!
White: Maybe some day?

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My passport is nothing more than a few dozen pieces of paper tucked  between some kind of laminated material. Inside, there’s a picture that shows how I would look as a corpse, some personal information, a bunch of government legal information and useless travel tips, and nothing else. But my passport has afforded me more possibilities than anything else I possess.

It’s allowed me adventure, but that’s too generic and general. When I think of travel I think of the small experiences, the many details of a large trip. I remember four Tajik women in Uzbekistan begging me to go back to their car to meet and marry one of their daughters, or giving a neck massage to a Guatemalan taxi driver because I had no money. My passport made it possible to get robbed in the nightclubs of Istanbul – twice in a single night. But without it I never would have fallen in love in London, Dublin, or Jerusalem. Most of the memories I have are due to my passport. 

When you’re traveling, your passport is the most important thing in the world. Lose your cash, your credit cards, your clothes, everything, but don’t lose your passport – without it you’re not going home any time soon.

I’ve created this website to share my experiences with anyone interested in hearing them. There are not many stories on Passport Possibilities now, but I hope to add a few each week, so make sure to check in often.

The ironic thing is that I don't really like to travel. I like the idea of travel, day-dreaming from my sofa, but the reality is something different. I never regret traveling once home, but between the high points of interest and thrills, like when I'm not able to sleep in a horrible hotel, or I'm vomiting on the side of a Bulgarian road, I'm usually yearning for home, hating myself for ever leaving it, vowing "This is my last trip!"  I've said this during every trip.

Some of the best travel experiences I've had have been within an hour of home, so anything I've written about regarding the New England area will be in "Close to Home", while most of my other stories are categorized by continent or region. Some stories will include several countries and continents, and those can be found in "Cornucopia", as will stories that are not related to travel.

To the right, you’ll see a list of the countries I’ve been to, and if you’d like to hear anything about them, or have any comments, questions, or ideas in general, feel free to contact me at salemme27@yahoo.com.

 

Thanks for being here!

Luigi Salemme

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