Our Mission: The Best Travelled is a community of people interested in travel, who dare to explore the 1281 regions of the world, to discover their gems and to share their experiences with fellow Travellers.
Though there is a vast amount of travel material on the internet, we believe we are the only website to offer a dual focus both on the individual traveller, his experiences and stories – expressed through our Travellers and Stories sections – and on the world itself, which we divide in 1281 regions, which can be researched in the Explore section.
The team of young web designers and programmers had a considerable challenge on their hands, attempting to balance elegance, modern design and site functionality. It is hoped that the end result reflects these three elements well. The site might at first seem complex but in fact is very easy to use and divided in six very obvious sections.
In the first part 'explore', the large, clickable map of the world allows the user to quickly find mega-regions and regions. The 'travellers' section presents main statistics and a listing of our travellers’ rankings, while the 'trips' section gives information of past and future trips. ‘Stories’ is a colourful mosaic of the latest 500 entries by travellers. The extensive links section, counting 20000 entries, is a vast library of travel sites, while the 'forum' can serve for questions, discussions and the development of travel contacts.
Our animation film gives you a 3-minute introduction to the website. You will also find an ‘instructions’ tab under your ‘Profile’, which is the main way you can administer your own account to add trips or other information to your profile. In a sense, your page, with your map, a list of where you have been, as well as the stories you have written, can be your own ‘mini travel blog’.
We will be constantly adding new languages to the menu, so if your native language is not available, let us know. We are actively looking for volunteers who can translate the site, so think about it!
Our Partners Section lists both companies and individuals who are involved in our cause. If you are interested, you too could become a partner, either by being an ambassador for us in your country or, if you have a blog or represent a company, by mutually beneficial cooperation. Contact us for details!
The question of how many countries there are in the world and what constitutes a well travelled person are known issues without an immediate answer. The existing lists are contradictory and frustrating, leading to endless debate among travellers.
a. The UN standard of 193 countries is not sufficient - not including places like Taiwan or Palestine and ignoring large cultural and geographic variations within countries.
b. Counting the wikipedia list of UN countries plus territories and 10 de facto independent countries (leading to about 250 total) is still insufficient. If you go to Tijuana, you can count Mexico as done. The same with a visit to London, you have done the UK. Is this enough?
c. The TCC (Traveler Century Club) with its origins in the 1950s appears to be the leading international travel club at the moment. It is on the right track, and has 324 pieces at the moment, but the problems listed in (b) above remain. A quick visit to Buenos Aires or a transit stopover in Cape Town and you have ticked off their respective countries.
d. MTP (Most Traveled People) currently has 874 pieces. It deals with some of the problems listed above, but some of its choices are very arbitrary. Large countries like Kazakhstan or DR Congo are just one point, while tiny Switzerland is divided by cantons to make 26 points. Surely this is too ethnocentric and leads to an imbalance. The inclusion of some uninhabited rocks (like Rockall) seems pointless and leads to no cultural (or other type of) understanding.
e. The adapted SISO considers every administrative division and leads to more than 4000 pieces. It can be argued that this is just too broad. This again is sometimes random, even if it seems fair. Tiny Slovenia has more than 200 pieces, while Serbia only 3. This doesn't make sense no matter what the underlying logic might be.
And so, TBT divides the world into 27 mega-regions and subsequently into 1281 regions, or places to visit. While not perfect, some of the problems mentioned above are dealt with by dividing countries more fairly, considering their territory as well as their populations or ethnic divisions. So for someone to be really well travelled means they go to more places on a fair, equal basis per country.
The initial list comprised 1221 regions, however following further involvement of more geographers, it was decided to slightly alter the list, which has finally lead to 1281 regions.
Most medium-sized countries are divided into three parts which reflect geographical or ethnic elements within them. Larger countries are divided by their existing administrative divisions, though in some cases (like Western Australia, most Chinese provinces, some US states), there has been further subdivision to reflect extremely large territories. In most cases uninhabited rocks have not been considered unless they span a very large territory (like Australia's Coral Sea Islands) or they are administratively important (Clipperton Island, Bouvet). The main focus has been on considering what parts of the world really offer travellers interesting things to see and do, and increase their knowledge and scope of the globe.
We encourage feedback, questions and comments so that continuous improvements can be made to the website. Please send all comments through the Contact section of the website or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have lots of fun browsing, remembering your past experiences and, why not, finding travel partners for your next travel ventures!