If you have travelled to 100 countries you can join this exclusive club

If you are one of the lucky people who has travelled to 100 or more territories of the world, an exclusive club is happy to have you as a member.

Polynesian women perform a traditional dance in Tahiti Papeete. Image: ©sarayuth3390/Getty Images

The Travelers’ Century Club, based in Los Angeles, was founded in 1954 by a group of the world’s most widely-travelled people, and now has 1400 members and 25 chapters located in key locations throughout the world. It offers them the opportunity to share experiences with other travellers and holds social events such as lunches, dinners and receptions. Members can expand their travel knowledge by listening to interesting and educational speakers and seeing presentations about unique destinations.

A winter sunset on the black beach of Reynisfjara, Iceland. Image: Marco Bottigelli

Members can browse ‘exclusive info’ files, written by other members based on their own experiences, and these contain helpful information, especially about difficult-to-reach or unusual destinations. While the US Department of State has defined only 195 sovereign countries in the world, prospective members are required to have visited 100 of 325 territories contained on the Travelers’ Century Club official list.

Cote d’Azur in France. Image: Valery Bareta/Getty Images

Other bonuses of membership include the opportunity to travel with other members to exotic places, perhaps arranging charter transportation to the destination. The organisation believes that the sharing of travel knowledge leads to a better understanding of worldwide cultures, history and people and provides inspiration for growth and self-fulfilment.

Bringing down the cattle from the mountain pasture in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria. Image by Hans Huber/Getty Images

To join the club, prospective members must fill out an application form, tick off each of the 100 countries they’ve visited, and pay the $100 initiation fee. After that, according to the club, they get ‘worldwide recognition or “bragging rights’ since only a few people in the world have visited 100 territories.”

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