Did you know North America has 23 countries? Most people don’t know this because most of these countries are island nations in the Caribbean. In my North America travel game plan, I will split my strategy to visit the Caribbean nations, Central American countries, and the remaining countries in this region. I predict that I need to take 3-4 separate trips to this region of the world to complete this continent.
Since North America is close to home, I won’t put this continent as high in my priority to complete. However, it’s good to have a game plan in case I am already close to this region of the world. Make sure to read my article first on Oceania to see my criteria on how I prioritize which countries to visit first.
VIDEO – North America Travel Game Plan
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Countries I have not visited in North America
As of now, I’ve visited 4 out of 23 countries in the North American region. Those four countries are Canada, the USA, Mexico, and Jamaica. I’ve technically been to Guatemala but I was so young when I went there that I don’t remember anything so I won’t be counting it as a country visited. Countries in North America that I have not visited are:
- El Salvador
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Caribbean island nation countries
While I think it is actually cheaper to redeem British Airways Avios to visit all the Caribbean island nations, I don’t plan on going that route to visit those countries. My plan instead is to go on an MSC Seaview cruise that allows you to visit most of those island nations within a 14-day time frame.
Prices on the MSC cruise website and Vacationstogo seem comparable. Vacationstogo is charging $1,653 CAD on the lower end while MSC is charging $1,686.12 CAD (their website prices are in USD).
Both itineraries allows me to visit most of the Caribbean countries in one fell swoop. However, I will try to avoid starting this cruise from Barbados because drones are illegal in that country and I want to capture some cool footage when I travel to this region in the world.
The Bahamas is the last country in this region that I’d need to visit which is easy and cheap to visit by cruise from Florida.
4-day cruises are as cheap as $196 CAD to the Bahamas which makes this country an easy one tick off the list.
The Bahamas cruise is so accessible that I can probably go there on a long weekend to visit that country! As for the longer cruise, I don’t mind putting this off for a while since they’re easy to visit.
Countries like Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Haiti are also in the Caribbean. However, I don’t think cruising to these countries is the most efficient way of visiting them.
Looks like I can book Aeroplan from Houston to Cuba for 15,000 Aeroplan points one way. However, while availability using Avios between Havana and Miami is technically available, the website won’t let me book it for some reason.
I can also reach Haiti using 9,000 British Airways Avios + $22.63 or 15,000 Aeroplan one way. Avios seems to be the clear winner here. I don’t mind travelling overland from Haiti to the Dominican Republic. That sounds like a fun adventure if anything.
Central American countries
The Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama can be done through overland travel. As a matter of fact, this is how most people do it. Before Aeroplan’s change to their mini-RTW program, I actually booked a flight touching all these nations. Alas, that was cancelled when COVID shut down the entire world. I might be able to do a partial version of this type of booking once the pandemic end. After all, you’re allowed 6-segments on a one-way flight using the new Aeroplan program.
I’m not in a huge rush to complete this region of the world since it’s relatively close to Canada and wouldn’t be difficult for me to travel here.
Even if visiting all the countries in North America won’t necessarily be the most difficult, I think this journey will still be a lot of fun. I love visiting different countries and I especially love Latin American countries.
And while I don’t have any particular places I actually want to see in any of these North American countries, the 14-day cruise to see all those Caribbean countries is definitely in my bucket list and very much look forward to it.