This morning I came across an article on Gadling about Charles Veley, a man who is supposedly the world’s most traveled person. He’s been to… wait for it… 630 of 673 distinct places. Those places don’t have to be countries, just places that are ethnically or politically different enough from elsewhere to constitute being a separate place.
In reading about Charles Veley, I discovered that there is an elite club called the “Travelers’ Century Club” that you can only become a member of if you have visited 100 or more of the 317 countries defined by the Travelers’ Century Club. Like Veley, they also define some places as countries even though officially they are not countries, simply because these areas are “removed by parent, either geographically, politically or ethnologically”. Fair enough!
So, I wonder what it takes to have traveled to 100 or more of these countries. I’ve made a list of all the places I’ve visited to that are on their list…
2. Cook Islands
3. Hawaiian Islands
4. New Zealand
6. United States
13. Czech Republic
26. Vatican City
28. South Africa
32. Hong Kong
The grand total is… 36. Ok, a wee way off yet from sending in my application. Damn.
Anyway, I think I’ve found my new life goal… to become a member of the Travelers’ Century Club. I’m sure my parents will be very proud… :P