A List of Countries Visited by Allen Ginsberg


Allen Ginsberg was a true citizen of the world, at home wherever he travelled. Although he never actually left the United States – barely travelling more than a hundred miles from his place of birth – during his youth, in his early twenties he quickly learned the skills necessary to travel for long periods of time. He could be a typical tourist with guidebook in hand, buying souvenirs and clicking away with his camera, but he was also capable of journeying for years at a time, sleeping in fields, making friends with people from impossibly different backgrounds. He could communicate with people regardless of language and survive on little to no money. Everywhere he went, he brought his ideas to share, but also learned from all the people he met.

In my forthcoming book, I document the travels of Allen Ginsberg. It is a biography, but it only focuses on his life as it relates to travel. During two years of research, I have tried to pin down information about each and every journey he took, and below is a list of all the countries I can say for sure that he visited. There may be others, and if I do find them then I will add them. I have tried to put them in order of the first time visited, although I have not mentioned any dates. Certain territories have been included that are not actually countries, but are interesting enough to include. Czechoslovakia and Czech Republic are both included here because he visited both before and after the change.

List of Countries

  1. USA
  2. French West Africa (present day Senegal)
  3. Mexico
  4. Cuba
  5. Canada
  6. Morocco
  7. Spain
  8. France
  9. Italy
  10. Vatican City
  11. Austria
  12. Germany
  13. Holland
  14. England
  15. Chile
  16. Argentina
  17. Bolivia
  18. Peru
  19. Panama
  20. Greece
  21. Israel
  22. Djibouti
  23. Tanzania
  24. Kenya
  25. India
  26. Thailand
  27. Vietnam
  28. Cambodia
  29. Japan
  30. Czechoslovakia
  31. Soviet Union (present day Russia)
  32. Poland
  33. Wales
  34. Haiti
  35. Antigua
  36. Bermuda
  37. Virgin Islands
  38. Puerto Rico
  39. Fiji
  40. Australia
  41. Scotland
  42. Belgium
  43. Yugoslavia (Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia +4 others)
  44. Hungary
  45. Switzerland
  46. Nicaragua
  47. Denmark
  48. Sweden
  49. Finland
  50. Norway
  51. China
  52. Georgia
  53. Lithuania
  54. Belarus
  55. Palestine
  56. Turkey
  57. South Korea
  58. Rep. of Ireland
  59. Northern Ireland
  60. Czech Rep (new country)


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David S. Wills is the founder and editor of Beatdom literary journal and the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs the Weird Cult.He travels a lot and currently lectures in China. He also runs an ESL website. You can read more about and by David at his blog, www.davidswills.com or on Tumblr.

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