World Travel

The Travelers' Century Club is a nonprofit social organisation representing world travelers who have visited 100 or more of the world's countries and territories.

It is one of the most unusual clubs in the world, and anyone who has visited 100 or more countries is eligible to join.

Geographic Directory of TCC Countries & Territories

The Travelers’ Century Club has an official list of 321 countries and territories as of July 2011. Although some are not actually countries in their own right, they have been included because they are removed from the parent country, either geographically, politically or ethnologically.

I first heard of this club when a Finish couch surfer came to stay with me in Bahrain. He was trying to get to 100 countries before he was 30, and his father worked for the United Nations after world war 2, and was apparently the first recorded person to have travelled to 200 countries.

I originally thought that being a well travelled person, and closely connected to the aviation industry, I must have been to 100 countries, but I was shocked to find out that I was in the mid 50s...It turns out that most of my international travel has been to the same countries (UK, USA, EU, GCC) and very few outside of those blocks.

There has been a lot of debate as to how long one must have stayed in a country or territory to qualify, and eventually the TCC decided that even the shortest visit would suffice — even if only a port-of-call, or a plane fuel stop.

This only slightly widens the scope of countries that can be counted in my list, although many like Brazil and Argentina are countries I would like to visit properly in the future.

As of June 2013, I have been to 78 out of the 321 countries, territories, or regions recognised by the TCC.

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