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35 Passport Stamps Travelers Crave!

"After years of campaigning for human rights in Burma, I was so excited to visit in person! Definitely my most prized stamp!" —@kristineblokhus
"Tunisia. I was the first one in my family to set foot in Africa and we were there just a couple years before Arab Spring so all the places were fresh in my head when I saw them on the news." —Lara Fisher
"Timor-Leste, one of the world's newest nations. Volunteering with my students, meeting amazing resilient people, unforgettable." —@ccnroom6
"Nepal, because it led to helicopter rides and Mount Everest." —@MBabroad
"I have two stamps from 9/11: one from Athens when I took off, the other in Canada representing when I landed. The plane was supposed to go to JFK. Instead we landed in Atlanta a full week later." —Jennifer Aranoff
"Having my first true international stamp made me beam...Egypt." —Lisha Vialet Manning
"Mine is from Russia. I took a trip to St. Petersburg and Moscow as a part of my MBA program last year. Lots of stories there!" —@girlvsplanet
"Qatar. It was my first time traveling to the Middle East and just looking at the stamp in Arabic conjures up vivid memories!" —@MeighanMc
"Canada! They don't stamp normally but I wanted proof I was there. Now I have it. Maple Leaf it, baby!" —@callmemochelle
"My first solo trip, to the Czech Republic in January of 2005." —@Jonk
"First from Japan. I'd been to Europe several times already, but Asia seemed so far and unreachable. It meant I could go anywhere!" —@jacksontalent
"Brazil! I got to live there for about two months. At 17 years old, what an eye opener!" —@lindsayfranke
"Mine is the mysterious lack of a stamp. I'm documented as having left China for four days, but the customs officials in Pyongyang would not stamp my passport (unworthy of North Korean ink, I guess)." —David Johnson
"A tie between Turkey and Egypt. Turkey because it's a place I didn't think about visiting but once I did, I didn't want to leave, and so I can't wait to revisit. Egypt because it was a trip of a lifetime. The stamps face each other in my passport and it makes me smile when I look at them." —Michelle DiGaetano
"What should have been my first one last year on a cruise to the Bahamas. Customs didn't stamp it." —@albedo1
"It's the stamp that isn't: Cuba. Even when I went on family visa, I didn't get a Cuba stamp." —@collazoprojects
"My most prized passport stamp is from Zimbabwe...especially since I lost my passport when I crossed the border!" —@PHNurseMichelle
"Probably upcoming stamp this Sunday in Guatemala. It marks the start of lifelong dream coming true of traveling and helping others." —@lpetitagneau
"England and France in my old passport. My first international trip ever when I was in college. Great memories and a jumping off point for the years to come. I was bitten and have been traveling yearly since." —Patty DiGuilio
"Cambodia, largely based on the degree of difficulty. Even with an eVisa, crossing overland from Thailand into Poipet isn't something that I'll soon forget." —Charles Cassavoy
"All 10 different stamps from Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, Germany!" —Don Alford
"Mine was the principality of Leichtenstein. It was my first stamp and is one of the most unique due to the crown jewels of the royal family on it." —Larry Taylor
"Wow. That's like trying to pick a favorite kid or pet. I love them all. Russia, because I never would have thought I'd go there. Ireland, it's green and was such a great birthday present to myself. England, because it was the first. I could go on." —Marie Rodgers
"Not sure about the most prized but we got our passports stamped at the amazing Machu Picchu earlier this month. The stamp is available near the exit." —Lauren Lee Mohutsky
"My Kenya stamp is my favorite but Antarctica is a close second." —Caryn Bloom
"The beautiful country of Georgia: history, wine and beautiful ballerinas." —Jack Carter
"St. Petersburg, Russia. Not only will I probably not have the opportunity to go again, but it's in orange ink!" —Michael Pemberton
"Mine is the Saudi Arabia stamp. It's in Arabic and all over my passport." —Sue Pienaar
"My South Korean work visa. My first international trip solo was moving halfway around the world. And Thailand was my dream." —Lauren Strasser
"Bosnia! The border crossing was an adventure in itself!" —Brian C. Douglas
"So far, it's Costa Rica; amazing sites and very warm and friendly people. Pura Vida!" —Jackie Turner
"Hong Kong on 9/11." —Connie Milburn Westbrook
"Afghanistan tourist visa in a US passport. Made a short trip from Tajikistan, and now treasure the experience." —@slioy
"It was my very first one entering the USA as a Green Card holder in Jan 2010. But if I exclude that one, it would be Vietnam, 2004!" —@AnitaBulan
"The USA. Always feels good to get back home!" —Lisa Manos Tamaye

We are always impressed by all of the amazing places our audience has been. Ok, and maybe a little jealous. So we asked—which passport stamp are you most proud of? And for some of you, it was a really hard choice!

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