Join this club if you have travelled to 100 countries

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Ever wondered which all would be the world’s most exclusive clubs…and are you aware that there is a club for world travellers?

It’s called Traveller’s Century Club (TCC) and is for those people who have been to 100 countries or more. This California based club was established in 1954 and currently has around 1,400 people who are country centurions and registered members. That makes it one of the most exclusive clubs ever.

The Traveller’s Century Club has a list of 194 official UN countries along with places which are geographically (minimum 200 km from main land), ethnically or politically distinct from the country which governs them. For example – Greenland is considered separate from Denmark, Alaska distinct from USA & Falkland Islands from UK since they are geographically far apart. Or Scotland & Wales are separate from UK due to political differences. This list totals to 325 such autonomous regions across the globe.

While we all of course travel to understand the planet, soak in the experiences, collect memories and to just see how much is out there, getting this record (and a certificate) under your belt won’t hurt.

The one thing you learn about hitting 100 countries is that the easy ones add up the initial numbers, but then you realize you must go out of your comfort zone to the less touristy places, and that’s when the adventure truly begins.

Take a picture tour through the seven continents…

Image courtesy: ©Nitin Gairola
Image courtesy: ©Nitin Gairola
Image courtesy: ©Nitin Gairola
Image courtesy: ©Nitin Gairola
Image courtesy: ©Nitin Gairola
Image courtesy: ©Nitin Gairola
Image courtesy: ©Nitin Gairola

100 countries & the membership is incidental, it’s really about the human experience of seeing your only planet first hand. However, the TCC certificate would be a nice tangible thing to put up on your wall or your desk, right next to the world map, the globe & the atlas.

AUTHOR'S BIO: Nitin Gairola is an adventurer & travel writer who loves the educative side of travel relating to earth science, environment, history and world cultures. He has travelled to many parts of the Earth, across the 6 continents & over 80 countries in his personal quest to know more about the planet & peoples. Besides Lonely Planet, his works have been released in Economic Times- Travel. More on: www.facebook.com/NitinGairolaPhotography