Travelers’ Century Club Countries

How Many Countries are in the World?

A question often debated amongst travelers is “how many countries are there in the world?”

Many people have different answers to this question and I personally follow two different lists of countries:

1. The UN+3 list; and

2. The Travelers’ Century Club or TCC list (http://travelerscenturyclub.org).

The TCC uses a set of geographical, political, and ethnological criteria to determine whether a territory should be considered as a separate country or not. The TCC list of ‘countries’ opened my eyes to a number of unique and interesting places in our wonderful world. As silly as it may be, the fact these quasi-countries were on the TCC list encouraged me to visit them.

I am not a person who travels to tick off a list or will ever say that I have “done” a country. I would LOVE to visit all of the places on the TCC list, but I’ll do it on my own time and make the journey for the experience, not just to say that I have been there.

Many of the countries included in the TCC list are extremely difficult to get to and/or have a difficult and/or expensive visa process so making the experience needs to be worth the challenge!

Among TCC travelers there is often debate about what constitutes a proper visit to a TCC country and what does not but, as far as I am concerned, the TCC list is not a competition. Rather, it’s a great way to motivate and inspire travelers to visit and explore less popular destinations and learn about the geography, history, or political events that have led to it becoming a quasi-country in the first place.

Baldpacker has traveled to 160 of 324 TCC Countries.

PACIFIC OCEAN (9 of 39)
  • Australia
  • Bismark Archipelago (New Ireland, New Britain, Bougainville, Admiralty Islands)
  • Chatham Islands
  • Cook Islands (Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Penrhyn)
  • Easter Island
  • Fiji Islands
  • French Polynesia (Tahiti,Tuamotu, Austral, Gambier)
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Guam
  • Hawaiian Islands
  • Juan Fernandez Islands (Robinson Crusoe Island)
  • Kiribati (Gilberts,Tarawa, Ocean Island)
  • Line/Phoenix Islands (Palmyra, Fanning, Christmas, Canton, Enderbury, Howland)
  • Lord Howe Island
  • Marquesas Islands
  • Marshall Islands, Republic of (Majuro, Kwajalein, Eniwetok)
  • Micronesia, Fed.States of (Pohnpei, Kosrae, Chuuk,Yap,Caroline Islands)
  • Midway Island
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia & Deps. (Noumea, Loyalty Islands)
  • New Zealand
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Marianas (Saipan, Tinian)
  • Ogasawara (Bonin, Volcano Island, Iwo Jima)
  • Palau, Republic of
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Island
  • Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa)
  • Samoa, American (Pago Pago)
  • Samoa (Apia)
  • Solomon Islands (Guadalcanal, New Georgia,Tulagi)
  • Tasmania
  • Tokelau Islands (Fakaofu, Atafu, Union)
  • Tonga (Nukualofa)
  • Tuvalu (Ellice Island, Funafuti, Vaitapu)
  • Vanuatu (New Hebrides Islands)
  • Wake Island
  • Wallis & Futuna Islands
NORTH AMERICA (6 of 6)
  • Alaska
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Prince Edward Island
  • St. Pierre & Miquelon
  • United States (continental)
CENTRAL AMERICA (7 of 7)
  • Belize (British Honduras)
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
SOUTH AMERICA (5 of 14)
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana (British Guiana)
  • Nueva Esparta (Margarita Island)
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Suriname (Netherlands Guiana)
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
CARIBBEAN (27 of 30)
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Deps. (Barbuda, Redonda)
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bonaire
  • Cayman Islands
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Grenada & Deps. (Carriacou, Grenadines)
  • Guadeloupe & Deps.(Marie Galante)
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Leeward Islands, French (St. Martin)
  • Leeward Islands, Netherlands (Saba, St. Eustatius)
  • Martinique
  • Montserrat
  • Puerto Rico
  • St. Barts
  • San Andres & Providencia
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Maarten (formerly Netherlands Antilles)
  • St. Vincent & Deps. (Bequia, Canouan Grenadines)
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • Virgin Islands, U.S. (St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas)
  • Virgin Islands, British (Tortola, etc.)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (5 of 13)
  • Ascension
  • Azores Islands
  • Bermuda
  • Canary Islands
  • Cape Verde Islands
  • Falkland Islands
  • Fernando do Noronha
  • Faroe Islands
  • Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat)
  • Iceland
  • Madeira
  • St. Helena
  • Tristan de Cunha
EUROPE & MEDITERRANEAN (49 of 67)
  • Aland Islands (Mariehamn)
  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Minorca)
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina (Sarajevo)
  • Bulgaria
  • Corsica
  • Crete
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus, Republic
  • Cyprus, Turkish Fed. State
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dodecanese Is. (Rhodes)
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guernsey & Deps (Alderney, Herm, Sark, Channel Islands)
  • Hungary
  • Ionian Islands (Corfu, etc.)
  • Ireland (Eire)
  • Ireland, Northern (Ulster)
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Jersey (Channel Islands)
  • Kaliningrad
  • Kosovo
  • Lampedusa
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Sardinia
  • Scotland
  • Serbia
  • Sicily
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Spitsbergen (Svalbard, Bear Island)
  • Srpska
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Trans Dniester
  • Turkey in Europe (Istanbul)
  • Ukraine
  • Vatican City
  • Wales
ANTARCTICA (3 of 7)
  • Argentine (Palmer Peninsula)
  • Australian Antarctic Territory South Pole (Mawson, Davis, Macquarie, Heard)
  • Chilean (Palmer Peninsula)
  • Falkland Islands Dependencies (British Antarctica, Graham Land, So. Shetland, So. Sandwich, So. Georgia, So. Orkney)
  • French Southern & Antarctic Territory (Kerguelen, Crozet, Amsterdam, St. Paul)
  • Norwegian (Queen Maud Land, Bouvet)
  • New Zealand (Ross Dependency)
AFRICA (17 of 55)
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Benin (Dahomey)
  • Botswana (Bechuanaland)
  • Burkina Faso (Upper Volta)
  • Burundi (Urundi)
  • Cabinda
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Republic of Congo
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt in Africa
  • Equatorial Guinea (Bioko Fernando Poo)
  • Equatorial Guinea (Rio Muni)
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana (Gold Coast, British Togoland)
  • Guinea (French)
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho (Basutoland)
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Malawi (Nyasaland)
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Morocco, Spanish (Ceuta, Melilla)
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Sao Tome & Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia (Italian Somaliland)
  • Somaliland (Brit.)
  • South Africa
  • Sudan, North
  • Sudan, South
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania (Tanganyika)
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Western Sahara (Spanish Sahara)
  • Zambia (No. Rhodesia)
  • Zanzibar
  • Zimbabwe (So. Rhodesia)
MIDDLE EAST (13 of 21)
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Ajman
  • Bahrain
  • Dubai
  • Egypt in Asia (Sinai Peninsula)
  • Fujeirah
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Qatar
  • Ras Al Khaimah
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sharjah
  • Syria
  • Umm Al Qaiwain
  • Yemen
INDIAN OCEAN (3 of 14)
  • Andaman-Nicobar Islands
  • British Indian Ocean Territory (Chagos Arch, Diego Garcia)
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands (Keeling)
  • Comoro Islands (Anjouan, Moheli, Grand Comoro)
  • Lakshadweep
  • Madagascar
  • Maldive Islands
  • Mauritius & Deps. (Agalega, St. Brandon)
  • Mayotte (Dzaoudzi)
  • Reunion & Deps. (Tromelin, Glorioso)
  • Rodriguez Island
  • Seychelles
  • Zil Elwannyen Sesel (Aldabra, Farquhar, Amirante Is.)
ASIA (16 of 51)
  • Abkhazia
  • Afghanistan
  • Armenia (Yerevan)
  • Azerbaijan (Baku)
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China, People’s Republic
  • Georgia
  • Hainan Island
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia (Java)
  • Irian Jaya (Dutch New Guinea)
  • Japan
  • Jeju Island (South Korea)
  • Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo)
  • Kashmir
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Korea, North
  • Korea, South
  • Laos
  • Lesser Sunda Islands (Bali,Timor, Indonesia)
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Moluka
  • Mongolia, Republic
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Nakhichevan
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Sabah (No. Borneo)
  • Sarawak
  • Siberia (Russia in Asia)
  • Sikkim
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
  • Sulawesi (Celebes, Indonesia)
  • Sumatra (Indonesia)
  • Taiwan. R.O.C.
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Tibet
  • Timor Leste
  • Turkey in Asia (Anatolia, Ankara, Izmir)
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

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