Rules for Counting Countries

To Better Understand the Travelology Test

The Travelology Test has been designed to help you determine your level in Travelology.

The Test is divided into two parts. First, you need to indicate how many countries and territories you have already visited. If you have resided in a country other than your country of birth or if you have visited a country six or more times, you should consider that country as Familiar. Please check the red box, as you will earn extra points. You need to have at least one Familiar country, the country you were born.

Besides this quantitative information, the quality of your travels is also important. In the second part of your Test, you will indicate the great travel experiences you have accumulated. A group of expert travelologists has selected 150 Highlights, which represent a comprehensive compilation of what a good Travelology CV should include.

The Center of Travelology recognizes 223 countries and territories based on lists issued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Soccer Association (FIFA), and the Union Postale Universelle (UPU). Our list includes the 193 independent countries that are member of the United Nations plus two other independent nations (Vatican and Taiwan) and 28 semi-independent states, such as territories and dependencies, overseas departments with broad autonomy, and self-governing possessions.

At the end of your Travelology Test you will receive an email with the total of your Travelology Points and a Diploma ready to print. The Travelology Points you have accumulated and your actual degree, represent the result of an intricate equation considering the countries you have visited (6 points each), the countries that are Familiar to you (additional 3 points) and the Travelology Highlights you have experienced (2 points each.)

Are you ready for your Test? Remember that this is only a healthy game that just wants to inspire you to travel. Please, do not cheat. If you check countries that you have never visited, you will only be fooling yourself.

Rules for Counting Countries

1. LEGAL vs ILEGALLY: You should count all countries you have entered passing through immigration and customs, as well as those you have visited unofficially.

2. AIRPORT STOPS: You need to go to the nearest town or city; a country cannot be considered “visited” if you have stayed only at the airport or its surroundings, such as an airport hotel.

3. BOAT CRUISE: You need to touch the ground, step out of the boat, and go beyond the harbor area.

4. TRIP BY LAND: If you have traveled by car, train, or bus, you need to step out of your means of transportation.

5. INTERNATIONAL RIVERS: Some rivers are the borders between two countries. You need to touch the ground of the other country – the other side of the river – and stepped out of your boat or canoe; even if it is unofficially.

6. NEW OR FORMER COUNTRIES: You should count today's borders and only the countries existing now. If you have visited a region when it was not yet independent but that is a new country today – such as Croatia or East Timor – you should consider that you have been in this new country. If a country has been unified later – such as Germany (East and West) or Yemen (North and South) – you should count only one today. Follow the list of The Center of Travelology.