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User guide
Welcome
Visit Guidelines
Verification Explained
Our NomadMania Masterlist of 1301 regions
TBT (The Biggest Travellers) Ranking
Snippet
What is a region
Scholarships

Welcome

Welcome to NomadMania. We suggest you start by filling in your visited regions through Quick Enter, and browsing our TBT Series – for certain you will find an aspect of travel that interests you! You can check your rankings for each Series, download and print files, browse each one of our 1301 world regions and discover what is interesting about each one. Remember, you manage your account through your profile!

Visit Guidelines

In order for a visit to qualify as valid for nomadmania.com, a ‘minimal’ visit is required. Nomadmania.com defines a minimal visit as:

For international border crossings where there is a border control, clearance of immigration authorities is required, and a visit to the area beyond the immigration area itself is accepted. In the case of regional border crossings, standing beyond the demarcation line between two regions is accepted. In the case of airports, this needs to be beyond the airport area entirely, while for train transport, a minimal visit involves a reasonable distance beyond the train station itself.

However, in the spirit of real travel, nomadmania.com would consider that good visits should be the aim of travellers.

Verification Explained

The verification system is our way of ensuring that travellers’ claims of their regions and countries visited are true. While we accept our members’ claims, experience has shown that certain people exaggerate their travels, either deliberately or through haste and error.

There are two levels of verification: one of UN countries and one for all NM regions visited. In both cases, a random sample of countries/regions is given, and the traveller must prove a visit, ideally through visas/stamps, boarding passes, bills and, in certain cases, photographs. Given the wide variety of profiles, the process is adapted to the traveller in question.

Travellers who pass the verification get a badge next to their profile, one with the UN name, and one specially designed for us.

We contact all travellers with more than 600 regions for verification. If you have visited more than 190 countries and 500 regions and wish to be verified, contact us.

Our NomadMania Masterlist of 1301 regions

Our Masterlist is made up of 1301 regions. We divide countries based on 5 Criteria:

  • Territory (Size)
  • Population
  • Cultural Importance (World Heritage) and Cultural Diversity
  • Economic Significance
  • Tourist Appeal (based on tourist arrivals)

We then seek to divide each country in regions relative to other countries, so that our list of regions is rational and each country gets its relative worth in terms of regions. There are some exceptions for ethnically divided nations (such as Bosnia and Herzegovina) or for small island nations (such as Micronesia). We believe that a total number of about 1,300 regions is optimal – big enough to be challenging, small enough to be achievable.

TBT (The Biggest Travellers) Ranking

TBT (The Biggest Travellers) Ranking Method

TBT (The Biggest Travellers) is a cumulative score of all criteria which we believe is a fair indication of the world's biggest travellers. It is calculated as a percentage of the total score of the following:

NomadMania 1301: 25%
M@P: 15%
UN: 2.5%
UN+ : 2.5%
TCC: 2.5%
MTP: 2.5%
CHAD: 5%
KYE: 5%
Milestones: 10%
WHS: 10 %
Top of the Tops (Series): 10%
All Series Cumulative Score: 5%
Border Series: 1%
World Cities Series: 1%
World of Nature Series: 1%
Experiences Series: 1%
Indigenous Peoples Series: 1%

Travellers with less than 135 UN countries visited are not included in the TBT ranking.

To the total score above, we add the following:
a. one point is added to the travellers who have been verified for NomadMania regions;
b. one point is added to travellers who have at least 50 achievement badges;
c. one point is added to travellers who have a Top 30 entry in the statistics for overall regions visited or new regions visited in one of the previous two calendar years (for 2021, that is 2020 and 2019);
d. Three points are added to the travellers who have passed the rigorous TBT verification and have been awarded their TBT badge – this verification can include any of the lists that form part of the TBT. Note that this verification is by invitation only, and generally includes only those with the highest placings in the TBT ranking.

Snippet

The snippet is a little piece of HTML code that you can put on your webpage to display short statistics about your NomadMania profile. These statistics will always be up-to-date with your NM score.

The snippet can have 2 layouts: a rectangle and a square.

When you enable the snippet on your profile page you will be presented with the exact HTML code to use as well as the example of each snippet layout.

By default the snippet is disabled.

What is a region

To see the full description of rules for consideration of NomadMania regions in English please read this document.

In 2021, NomadMania is offering a total of 10 travel scholarships of €1,500 each

Background

NomadMania was initially launched in 2012 to encourage travel, to assist travellers in keeping track of their travels and to provide ideas and inspiration of what to see through NomadMania’s Series. NomadMania is the only place where highly ranked travellers are verified to ensure their travel claims are valid while at the same time being the authority on the people who have been to every country.

The goal of NomadMania is to create a community of avid travellers, to educate about the world as well as to help people with few means to travel more. As a registered not-for-profit in Greece*, NomadMania’s charity division aims to help people from less privileged backgrounds experience more of the world. In order to help create a truly diverse community, we encourage donations from individuals, corporations and foundations.

NomadMania Scholarship Fund Overview

2021 will be the inaugural year for NomadMania to provide travel scholarship grants to university students who are first-time travellers from countries with a relatively recent experience of enduring conflict, to and from which the NomadMania team feels travel can take place with adequate safety.

Specifically, the eligible countries are (in alphabetical order):

  • Afghanistan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Colombia
  • Iraq
  • Liberia
  • Rwanda
  • Sri Lanka
  • Ukraine

The NomadMania Scholarships are available for university students who have already successfully completed at least their second year of study in their country of citizenship. They must be both a citizen of and studying in one of the above countries. The Scholarships are geared towards those with few financial means. With the NomadMania Scholarship fund, we hope to encourage everyone to follow their travel aspirations, despite obstacles that may inhibit these goals.

* NomadMania AMKE (NomadMania Non Profit Civil Company) was registered in Greece on October 1, 2019 with company number 489412