My Country Visits in 2008

Overview of 2008 International Travel

I became a gold member of the Travelers Century Club (TCC) and a platinum member of (MTP) in 2008. My analysis shows that out of six billion people on planet earth, I am among the 300 most traveled people in the world using either the TCC or MTP standard.

The tables below summarize my travels to 27 new TCC countries and an astonishing 100 new MTP locations in 2008. It is very difficult to communicate the impact of seeing so much of the globe and meeting so many interesting people.

In January I visited Africa & Europe, in February states of Mexico, in June & July the Pacific & Indian Oceans, in September & October greater Europe, and in November & December, states of Brazil & provinces of Argentina.

These trips took 95 days of intense travel requiring over 100 flights, 10 trains, 4 ferries, 4 boat trips, and countless motor vehicles.

Travelers Century Club Initial Visits in 2008

The table summarizes the 27 TCC countries I visited for the first time in 2008. The 15 UN member countries are bolded. From the CIA website or Wikipedia, I gathered key data on these countries providing guesses where necessary. The data was color-coded to aid pattern recognition. I hope you find this insight-dense table an educational experience.

I wrote an Info Notes on Kosovo, my 200th country, published by the Travelers Century Club in December.

Click to see my master list of visits with reference links for all 319 TCC countries.

TCC Country Visited Country Info Life
(sq km)
Africa 178  Mauritania cia, wiki, map 53.9 51.2 3.4M  1,030K  $1,800 
179  Senegal cia, wiki, map 57.1 39.3 12.8M  196K  $1,700 
180  Guinea-Bissau cia, wiki, map 47.5 42.4 1.5M  36K  $600 
181  Gambia cia, wiki, map 55.0 40.1 1.7M  11K  $1,200 
182  Guinea cia, wiki, map 56.6 29.5 9.8M  246K  $1,100 
183  Sierra Leone cia, wiki, map 41.0 35.1 6.3M  72K  $600 
184  Liberia cia, wiki, map 41.1 57.5 3.3M  111K  $500 
185  Western Sahara cia, wiki, map 53.9 51.2 394K  266K  $1,800 
Europe 186  Gibraltar cia, wiki, map 80.0 90 28K  $38,200 
Africa 187  Spanish Morocco wiki, map, map 76.0 90 150K  48  $18,000 
Pacific Ocean 188  Midway Island cia, wiki, map 78.1 100 40  $45,000 
189  Tuvalu cia, wiki, map 69.0  80 12K  26  $1,600 
190  Samoa cia, wiki, map 71.6 99.7 217K  3K  $5,400 
191  American Samoa cia, wiki, map 73.5 97 65K  199  $5,800 
192  Tonga cia, wiki, map 70.4  98.8  119K  748  $5,100 
193  Vanuatu cia, wiki, map 63.6 74 215K  12K  $3,900 
194  Lord Howe Island wiki, map 81.5 100 350  15  $35,000 
195  Tasmania wiki, map 81.5 99 497K  68K  $39,160 
Indian Ocean 196  Christmas Island cia, wiki, map 75 90 1,400  135  $6,000 
197  Cocos Islands cia, wiki, map 75 90 596  14  $6,000 
Europe 198  Liechtenstein cia, wiki, map 80.0 100 34K  160  $40,000 
199  San Marino cia, wiki, map 81.9 96 30K  61  $34,100 
200  Kosovo cia, wiki, map 75 96 2.1M  11K  $3,500 
201  Montenegro cia, wiki, map 75 90 678K  14K  $3,800 
202  Republic Srpska wiki, map 78.3 96.7 1.4M  25K  $6,100 
Atlantic Ocean 203  Fernando de Naronha wiki, map 71.1 90 2K  18  $9,500 
South America 204  Uruguay cia, wiki, map 76.1 98 3.5M  173K  10,800 Initial Visits in 2008 builds on the TCC base of 319 countries by adding the states or provinces of large countries and remote islands with the goal of having the most comprehensive list of places (757) for the serious traveler to visit.

Both extreme travelers and coach potatoes can join for free. I am an active member of MTP supplying a few posts and photos for the site and providing some design feedback.

I was astonished when I added up all of the places that I had visited in 2008 and got a total of exactly 100.

Country or
TCC Region
MTP Count
Total = 100
MTP Locations Visited in Sequence (approx.)
Africa 10  Ceuta, Melilla + 8 TCC Countries above (Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Western Sahara)
Mexico 24  States in sequence: Quintana Roo, Durango, Morelos, Guerrero, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Chiapis, Campeche, Hidalgo, Querétaro, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Colima, Michoacán, Jalisco, Nayarit, Sinaloa, Baja California Sur, Sonora
Pacific Ocean 10  Rotuma, Western Australia + 8 TCC countries above (Midway Island, Tuvalu, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Lord Howe Island, Tasmania)
Indian Ocean 2  2 TCC countries above (Christmas Island, Coccos Islands)
Europe 10  Büsingen, Campione d'Italia, Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Istria + 6 TCC countries above (Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Kosovo, Montenegro, Republic Srpska)
Brazil 23  States in sequence: Bahia, Sergipe, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Alagoas, Ceará, Piauí, Maranhão, Distrito Federal, Espírito Santo, Tocantins, Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Mina Gerais, Pará, Amapá, Amazonas, Rondônia, Acre, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina
Atlantic Ocean 1  Fernando de Naronha
Argentina 19  Provinces in sequence: Santa Fe, Entre Rios, Corrientes, Chaco, Formosa, Salta, Jujuy, Tucuman, Santiago del Estero, Catamarca, La Rioja, Córdoba, San Luis, San Juan, Mendoza, Neuquén, Río Negro, La Pampa, Chubut
South America 1  Uruguay