Every summer as a child, my parents took me camping in the Chilean Lake District. Before the internet, this was the dark ages. We had to rely on maps and travel guides back then. So, as we drove for hours on end, I kept myself occupied by looking at a map, reading about the small towns we passed through, and persuading my parents to take a detour to go somewhere I had noticed.

I informed them that I had resolved to visit every country in the world during one trip. My dad then told me about the Travelers’ Century Club (TCC), a group of people who have been to at least 100 countries and territories around the world. We had a few laughs. I set my sights on becoming a member because the thought made my eyes sparkle.