It's easy enough to get visas in London. Almost every country has embassies. But Jason Smart is in Qatar. Doha is different, and getting an Indian visa had been a nightmare - but Bangladesh proves a breeze.
Limited time never helps when travelling. Jason Smart finds packing Peru's iconic highlight into a single day rather takes some of the excitement out of Machu Picchu: it's better visited at the end of a trek.
Jason Smart made his travel plans purely on the basis of what cheap flights were leaving Manchester on New Year's day. Thus he becomes one of the few British tourists to visit the Polish town of Rzeszow and guess what: it's cold.
Ugly Marabou storks, endless humidity and tailgating traffic: it's not easy to find the sunny side of Uganda's capital city. But Jason Smart finds the streets of Kampala provide insights into East Africa.
When he flies into Moroni, the tiny capital of the Comoros Islands, Jason Smart is upset to find no fridge in his room. After a few days on these Indian-Ocean islands, poor relations even to nearby Madagascar, he learns his privations are truly minor.
Jason Smart strolls into downtown Reykjavik with no expectations, except, perhaps, to see a puffin or two. He finds Iceland's capital is a friendly, walkable city where there's never too much to see or do.
Jason Smart ticks of the eightieth country he's visited but I think he's cheating. One of the smallest states in Europe, best known for postage stamps, should hardly count. But - he's done his research - it has its very own beer.