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Pins in the map by Treelooney on 28 December 2002 11:56pm
Hi, I was wondering if anyone else does as I do, which is to visit a country and then come home and quite literally put a pin in the map (with a coloured top) to show that you've been there.
I have devoted quite a lot of my life so far to travel, and am pround to say that I've got 52 pins in my map. However, on my travels I meet people who have 70 or 80 countries to their credit. In fact I have met one person who had been to every country in the world.
Are there any countries on Earth that Mr Palin has NOT been to? Thank you for your great travel books, Mr Palin. I can't watch you on TV cos I haven't got a telly, but thanks for the travel inspiration, and for the laughs.
Happy new year and best wishes to all travellers out there.


Re: Pins in the map by rumblefish on 29 December 2002 1:22am
Yeah I do the pin thing unfortunately im not quite up there with u yet ive only got nineteen. due to family and work commitments over the past ten years or so most of my trips have been with in the short haul european trips but Im hankering after something more adventurous I am starting a new job in the new year with a bit more money so Im hoping to do Manhattan in the spring.
but ive got a huge map of europe and a world map and I just love sticking my pins in.In fact youve just reminded me ive not put a pin in for my recent trip to dublin not far i know but my new company paid for me to go over to their christmas do so it still gets a pin.
2002 has been pretty good for visits rome, naples, amsterdam, paris and Dublin. althoug rome amsterdam and paris dont get a new pin as ive been there before.
Re: Pins in the map by giorgio on 2 January 2003 10:04pm
a few years ago I worked fro one of the UK broadsheets for a while. One of the people I worked with, and he was NOT a journmalist, had been to 158 countries over a period of 44 years. His passports were a mass of old colonial names, that no longer exist, it was fascinating!!
Re: Pins in the map by hoggle10 on 3 January 2003 6:16pm
Pins in the map is something that I always meant to do but never got around to. Now I have bought myself a flat and I have no room (it's a small flat with sloping ceilings and not a lot of free wallspace) to put a map up:-(
Re: Pins in the map by rumblefish on 3 January 2003 11:59pm
you could get a small globe and stick little coloured dots on it.
Re: Pins in the map by hoggle10 on 8 January 2003 8:15pm
Very cute!!!
Re: Pins in the map by bigfan on 21 January 2003 5:48pm
Well I thought it was such a fun idea, that I went out and bought a map and a box of map pins. So last night I had loads of fun sticking pins in my map. Most of my pins are in North America and the Caribbean and only one pin in Europe:( But that will change soon!
Thanks for the great idea guys.
Re: Pins in the map by rumblefish on 23 January 2003 3:33pm
No problem bigfan, most of my pins are in western europe but over time that will change although the map tends to remain static for long periods of time to other people it looks impressive and like anything in life something well earned is that much more enjoyable so the simple adding of a new pin becomes a momentus occassion.
Re: Pins in the map by chris_short on 24 January 2003 6:48pm
I've got a black and white map on the wall, when i return from somewhere I colour the place in. I counted up my trips the other day and im only 1/3 of the way to colouring the whole thing in! I'll just need to try harder
Re: Pins in the map by Al on 1 March 2003 9:03pm

I did something a little different ... I went and bought myself a huge globe on a stand, which lights up inside (no, it's not one of those drink holders!) ... so I spin it around, close my eyes, then point to where I will be going next ... there's been too many times where I should have been swimming in the ocean, but I just spin for a second chance ! 26 countries done, 170 or thereabouts to go. I have my next 5 trips booked now ... Boston in April, Alaska in August, Africa next January, Gallipoli next April for ANZAC Day (I'm a former Aussie, living in England now) and the Olympics in Greece of course. All I do is work to pay for my next trip, travelling is all I have ever wanted to do. Still deciding whether to put coloured dots on my globe !
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