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And a lot of territories too.
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Some are recognised at the United Nations- a measure for ‘official’ legitimacy- and many are not, but still function as de facto independent nations, or culturally distinct regions.
Having been on the road for a while, I decided it was time to compile a list, to see how many nations I have visited, and how many more I have yet to see.
My standard is the Traveler’s Century Club, an organisation for those well traveled travelers who have visited 100 or more countries.
This organisation however defines the number of ‘territories’ on their list rather loosely as 325, as opposed to the 193 that are full member states at the United Nations. These 325 ‘territories’ are distinct regions, not necessarily UN recognised states, but having visited a few breakaway territories which aren’t recognised and still govern themselves, this seems to me to be a much more practical method of looking at the world than through such rigid dividers as international borders.
On their website, the Traveler’s Century Club states that: “This list is recognized by the world as the standard of countries and territories that are politically, ethnologically or geographically different”.
I aim to join this select few in the next few years, but for now here’s my list of countries and territories!
How many have you visited?
As per the rules of The Traveler’s Century Club, I have visited 72 of the world’s territories.
If you only take into account officially ‘recognised’ nation states, then I have visited 59 United Nation’s Member States.
Either way, I’ve got a lot of places left to see! And I can’t wait to see them all!
You can find a list of United Nation’s Member States HERE.
The Traveler’s Century Club’s list of territories can be found HERE.