This is the list of the sovereign states which I have visited. There are 191 UN member states, 2 observer states, and 13 non-member states making for a grand total of 206 countries. For this list, I will count all 206 as legitimate independent states. Why? It just seems silly to me not to count a county like Taiwan. If you have complete autonomous control over your territory, including passports, trade agreements, and international embassies, you should be considered a country.
As of August, 2013, I’ve been to 14/206 countries
2) United States of America
4) South Korea
5) People’s Republic of China (Mainland China)*
9) Vatican City
12) Republic of China (Taiwan)
It’s a small list, but I am just getting started.
*Note: When people ask me, I usually count Hong Kong and Macau as independent, as you do need to go through immigration to go to either of them.