I WILL EVENTUALLY VISIT EVERY COSTCO WHOLESALE IN THE WORLD
Travelers love setting goals for themselves. Some travelers have a goal to visit the seven wonders of the world, other travelers have a goal to visit every country in the world, and then you have those… or just me really… that wants to visit every Costco Wholesale in the world.
As of July 1, 2016, Costco had 705 locations worldwide. By my own estimation, I have been to 150 United States locations, 15 Canada locations, 3 United Kingdom locations, and 1 Japan location; so, that brings my total to 169 different Costco Wholesale locations.
Now, this might sound like a crazy travel goal, but it actually isn’t that outrageous. In the United States, I have already visited all of the Mid-West locations, along with all of Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Utah, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and most of Idaho.
I have visited locations in many other states, including California, Washington, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, Nevada, and Massachusetts.
A lot of people always wonder why I would want to see every Costco Wholesale location to begin with. Well at this point, I’ve been to so many different Costco Wholesale locations that it something that I just enjoy doing. Having this travel goal has actually motivated me to go to States that I wouldn’t normally visit. Just because of this travel goal, I went to the super exciting states of Iowa, Nebraska, and North Dakota. Now, it’s not to say there isn’t fun stuff to do in those states, but they aren’t the typical places that people go for vacation. So due to my Costco travel goal, I got to experience a lot of different places that I probably would not have visited otherwise.
Believe it or not, I’m not that far off from visiting all of the United States locations. I’ve actually visited all of the locations that are spread far apart by themselves. On one of my big Costco road trips, I visited all of the Mid-West Costco locations that were by themselves. This road trip took me to the Costco locations in Coralville and Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Fargo, North Dakota; and Baxter, Minnesota. I also visited all of the Minneapolis Costco locations during this trip as well.
This Costco trip was over 1,600 miles, but it was a huge accomplishment. Firstly, it was all done over three days, and secondly, I was able to visit the Mid-West Costco Wholesale locations that were by themselves.
The majority of the locations that I have left to visit are locations where they are clustered together.
California – 121 Costco locations
Washington – 30 Costco locations
New York – 18 Costco locations
Virginia – 18 Costco locations
When you look at those four states alone, there are an additional 187 Costco Wholesale locations that I will have visited.
One of the most common misconceptions about me is that all I do is drive from Costco to Costco, which isn’t the case. When I am Costco road tripping, if I see something that interests me, or if I see something that I want to do; I do it. The only time that I’ll pass something up is if I’m trying to make it to a certain Costco location before the doors close at 8:30 and I don’t want to have to wait for the following morning to visit the location.
As for my international Costco locations, those won’t be that difficult to visit either. For example, Taiwan has 12 Costco locations; I could easily visit all 12 of those locations over two days, even with the crazy Taiwan traffic. South Korea has 12 different Costco Wholesale locations and I could also visit all 12 of those over two days. So, in theory, I could take a week long vacation and visit all of the Costco locations in two different countries. I could even stop in Spain on the way home and visit the 2 Costco locations in Spain!
Let’s make sure we have one thing clear, I don’t let my Costco travel goals control all of my travel adventures. I still like to explore countries that don’t host a Costco location. In 2016 alone, I visited places like China, Dubai, Oman, and Thailand; none of those destinations have Costco Wholesales in their countries.
My Costco travel goal is more of a marathon than a sprint. I’m in this goal for the long haul, and I will eventually complete my goal. To make this goal a reality, I will continue to do what I’ve been doing. I keep an eye out for cheap airfare and then I plan a Costco location tour around that destination. Lately, I have been looking for cheap round trip airfare to California so I can visit 100 different Costco locations.
If I do see cheap airfare to a destination that interest me —like I did for my Chiang Mai adventure from earlier this year— then I will plan adventures around those destinations, even if it doesn’t have a Costco Wholesale. By continuing to travel to new destinations based upon what interests me, it keeps me craving more travel every time an adventure comes to an end. That’s why I say it’s always important to keep your mind open to visiting destinations that you might not have thought you wanted to visit.
Will I visit every Costco in the next year or two? Definitely not. But I will continue to travel to new destinations, meet new people, and have new adventures all because of my Costco travel goals. At the end of the day, I will eventually visit every Costco Wholesale location in the world.
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