Travelers' Century Club is for the Well Traveled

I heard about the Travelers’ Century Club from fellow blogger, Gadling, and had to check it out.

Basically, it’s an organization whose membership is limited to people who have visited 100 or more countries of the world. It was founded in Los Angeles in 1954, and now has members throughout the world.

“Countries” are defined pursuant to s specific list, and may be a little different than how you might typically think. For example, the United States has three different “country” classifications, continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii.

In addition to meetings, the TCC offers a variety of events and travel opportunities (including escorted trips) for the discerning traveler.

The initiation fee is $100 for the member, and $100 to include a spouse. Yearly dues are $40/$30 for U.S. residents, and $50 each (member and spouse) for residents of other countries.

Although you cannot yet qualify as a full member, if you’ve visited 75 or more countries, you are welcome to attend club meetings and participate in club tours.

I’ve counted up the “countries” that I’ve visited, and I’m at a paltry 13. How about you? How many countries have you visited?

Photo credit: Duncan
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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Israel, Stockholm, and a Baltic cruise.

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