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The Travelers’ Century Club is an international nonprofit social organization founded in 1954 for travelers who have visited one hundred or more of the world’s countries and territories. Click here to learn more »

Azores 2024: Next year’s Azores conference (May 30 to June 2) has reached capacity, and we are now accepting interest in attending via a wait list. As plans change, we do expect some to drop from the original list. Email us at info@travelerscenturyclub.org if you are interested in being added to the list. Download the Conference Agenda here »

  • A Message From the President

    A Message From the President

    What could be more important to a traveler than making connections? All kinds of connections including connections with fellow travelers and connections from one flight to the next. As I’ll explain in this message, connections in their various forms are my priority as your new president of the Travelers’ Century Club.

    My introduction to the TCC came through a newspaper article about the club. The article mentioned TCC’s list and the members who avidly pursue each destination. I was amazed. Why? It had long been my practice to maintain a diary of my travels and count the countries visited. Someone else does this? My application was in the mail and I was thrilled to become a member and attend my first chapter luncheon. “Where have you been recently?” “Where are you headed next?” How natural it is to connect with travelers and how beneficial these connections are to trip planning.

    Planning a trip to Eastern Europe, as I was a few years ago, illustrates the importance of making connections. One of the discoveries while planning that trip was to travel via local buses. The man sitting next to me at my chapter’s luncheon extolled their virtues: safe, clean, on time and reasonably priced. I would never have known to search the internet for bus schedules had I not attended that TCC luncheon and connected with the man next to me.

    Not only did buses reliably take us from place to place, they connected us with local people. One night, we had a long bus ride. At some point, I realized one earring was missing. As soon as the driver stopped for a rest stop, I hit the floor to search as others were exiting the bus. In response to the quizzical looks, I motioned to my ear and the absence of my earring. I didn’t find it but I, too, needed to take a rest stop. When I returned, the people seated around me were on the floor searching. I’ll never forget that. (There is a happy ending to this story. Later, I found the earring. It had dropped into my purse.)

    I thank the man at that luncheon for his information about buses and I also thank Donna Marsh, U.K. chapter Coordinator, who helped me prepare for my Saudi Arabia trip, and Pam Barrus, TCC past president (2012-2013) and assistant editor of The Centurian, who provided important information for my Socotra trip. How fortunate we are to reach out to TCC members and gain valuable information in advance of a trip. These connections are important benefits of TCC.

    The theme of connections is on your mind as well. Last year’s satisfaction survey revealed generally favorable ratings concerning TCC and its benefits along with your encouragement to expand opportunities to connect with members. Your comments included “I want more than bragging rights. I want to network with other TCC members.” We hear you, and we will strive to expand interactions with members. Attending chapter meetings is a wonderful way to connect as I learned in planning my trip to Eastern Europe. Virtual Exploration and the breakout sessions that follow are magnets for making connections as are also our international conferences, the next being May 30 to June 2, 2024, in the Azores.

    Many of us are enjoying TCC WhatsApp as a vital tool to bring us together wherever we may be. Thanks to TCC WhatsApp, we can share the joys and challenges of travel. As one who often travels solo, I find it reassuring to know that I can reach out to my TCC community if things start to “head south.” WhatsApp is also a way to connect with other members who are headed to the same destination. Those who have not signed up to WhatsApp may do so by emailing info@travelerscenturyclub.org. The connections you make are likely to enhance your travel experience.

    Making connections with other travelers will continue to be one of the great benefits of TCC membership, and I pledge to make connections a central theme while serving as your president. To connect with information about TCC and your chapter’s events, TCC’s website is an excellent resource.

    Until the next issue of The Centurian, I’ll leave you with this quote attributed to Edward Readicker-Henderson: “Whoever created the world went to a lot of trouble. It would be downright rude not to go out and see as much of it as possible.”

    margobart@travelerscenturyclub.org


  • March 2024 Photo Contest Winner: Kike Calvo, Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

    Congratulations Kike! With over 40 photos to choose from, yours received the highest rating among members. You’ve not only brought honor to the Sarasota TCC Chapter, but you have won a year of free dues for yourself. Thanks to everybody who submitted their wonderful “Central America” theme photos for the March contest. They can still be seen and commented on by visiting https://pollunit.com/en/polls/tcc-2023-march.

    The theme for our June 2024 contest is “Remote Island Life.” Click for contest details »

    Photo: Kike Calvo

    The Red-Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) is known for its striking appearance. While I was in Costa Rica, one intriguing fact I learned is their unusual reproductive strategy: they lay their eggs on the undersides of leaves hanging over the water, and when the tadpoles hatch, they drop into the water below. What’s remarkable is that the male frogs actively visit the water to en- sure their tadpoles’ survival by keeping their skin moist. This behavior highlights their adaptation to the tropical rainforest environment and showcases the incredible pa- rental care exhibited by these
    colorful amphibians.

    HONORABLE MENTIONS

    Kike Calvo, Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

    Photo: Kike Calvo

    In Guna Yala, defying the common request for photography fees by the Gunas, a young indigenous boy shares a touching moment with his cat. This unique image captures the essence of their harmonious relationship, blending humor and cultural understanding. It serves as a reminder of the enduring traditions and authentic connections that persist in this culturally rich region.


    Scott Siewert, Cumming, GA, USA

    Photo: Scott Siewert

    Walking with friends to dinner, I saw this glorious clearing of the clouds in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. I told my friends, “dinner can wait.” As I took this photo I thought to myself, this is truly spectacular — silhouetted surfers, a sensational sunset and shimmering surf.

     

     


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Margo Bart
President
Jeffrey Houle
Vice-President
JoAnn Schwartz
Secretary
Christopher Hudson
Treasurer


Steven Fuller
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