User guide
Welcome
About Us
Visit Guidelines
Verification Explained
Our NomadMania Masterlist of 1301 regions
M@P - Many Quirky Places
TBT (The Biggest Travellers) Ranking
How to use NomadMania
Triumphs, Badges and Achievements
Rankings
Reviewing our 1301 Regions
How to discover our NomadMania Series
How to index your trips
How to explore the regional pages
NomadMania App
Map
Travels
Profile
What is not in the app?
I'm experiencing some issues ...
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: 20%
UN: 2%
UN+ : 1%
TCC: 1%
MTP: 1%
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.

What is a region

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

About Us

NomadMania divides the world into 1301 regions based on territory, population, diversity, economy and tourist appeal. Our travellers keep track of how far they’ve gone across a number of lists – and get ideas for what to see next through our Series. A registered not-for-profit, NomadMania’s charity arm aims to help people from less privileged backgrounds travel more.

NomadMania was initially launched in 2012 and re-branded in June 2017; we are a registered not-for-profit organisation aiming to create a community of avid travellers, educate about the world as well as to help people with few means to travel more – this is why we encourage donations. NomadMania is the only place where highly ranked travellers are verified, to ensure their travel claims are valid. We are also an authority on the people who have been to every country - check out our UN Masters List.

Where do you start? After signing up and logging in, we suggest you try the 'My Travels' section and follow either 'My Regions' or 'My Trips' to fill in your travel history. More questions? Follow the links below, or contact us at any time!

Watch this video to learn more about what NomadMania is and how to use it.

Our New M@P!

M@P is a novel list that will hopefully bring some new interest in the travel community and encourage travellers to go further – when this becomes possible again. The idea is that while our NomadMania 1301 Masterlist provides a solid division of the world’s countries, M@P serves as a much more fluid list with all sorts of significant oddities and out-of-the-way places that a travel could be striving for, including islands, exclaves, geographical anomalies and some major micronations too.

How is M@P conceptualised? We start with the esteemed MTP list, which for years has served as a basis for many in the travel community. We take away all regions that link directly to NomadMania regions and then look at those ‘additional’ regions – mainly obscure islands - that have become the talk of the travel community for years. Our reasoning is simple – if Salas y Gomez or Trinidade and Martim Vaz are worthy of a visit, then why not Miangas island? Never heard of Miangas? Now, with M@P, you have!

The list launches with 246 places, of which 123 are MTP places and the other 123 are our new contributions. For all regions where there are MTP places, we have duplicated that number with the same number of ‘new’ places; except for Polynesia and Antarctica, where the number of MTP places is already 18 and 17 places respectively. Conversely, there are 5 megaregions where there are no MTP places, and in these we launch with 7 places for each megaregion.

For those of you who have filled in your MTP regions with NomadMania correctly, your starting number of visited places in M@P will be those regions.

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

How to use NomadMania

NomadMania is a complex website with many, many different sections, scores and most importantly - a great deal of information about the world of interest to the travellers. Sometimes it is difficult to navigate it and to know the proper usage of all pages. You can read through our mini guide below, per section, or you can watch this video.

At any moment you can use our contact form to reach out if you have something that is still unclear to you.

Triumphs, Badges and Achievements

We all may have certain travel goals - and we have decided to celebrate them in our Triumphs section, which is now the first thing you see when logged into your homepage. We have defined a number of triumphs across the board, whether on our NomadMania Masterlist, M@P, KYE, UN countries or some of our Series. When you cross a certain threshold on any of these, you will get an entry in Triumphs.

Triumphs are indexed in a special section, where you can look them up using our calendar - they are available as of August 1, 2021. Keep moving and break more barriers!

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Our triumphs are just one of the ways NomadMania celebrates travellers; one of our longest established ones are our badges, which have existed since we began, but have now expanded.

One of our badges is the 'tick' next to your profile - that tells the world a traveller has been authenticated as a real person. Authentication is generally only possible if a traveller has met another authenticated traveller in 'real' life. However due to covid, we have made virtual authentication possible, and we invite anybody who would like this 'tick' to let us know and we will take you through the authentication process.

The other two badges refer to verification - that you have travelled where you say you have. The UN badge is for countries visted while the NM badge means you have been verified for regions. In general, travellers who claim more than 600 NM regions and more than 180 UN countries are eligible for verification, and those with more than 700 NM regions are required to be verified, at the very least for UN countries, if they want to keep their status.

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In the photo above, looking to the right, you will also see the TBT (The Biggest Traveller) badges which are awarded to fully verified travellers across nearly all lists. Verification for this is by invitation only given the amount of work required for this; we have successfully verified 9 of the Top 11 on the TBT list.

Next to the three main badges, you will sometimes find a fourth one, which is a number. This refers to the achievements badges, awarded based on ranking across a number of categories. These badges are generally updated every two months. They work as images and you can find them under your profile page, and then download them individually and, why not, share them with the world!

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Achievement badges are given across categories, such as Series, but are also sorted by age groups and nationality, giving a much larger field of eligibility for them - in fact around 40% of our users have at least one badge. The more you fill in your profiles, the more likely you will get a badge, so take the time to review where you have been, especially focusing on those Series! Have fun! triumphs triumphs

Rankings

Some people think NomadMania is all about rankings - this is clearly not the case at all, but indeed rankings do feature prominently in our concept, so today we will have a look at what rankings there are exactly and how they work.

The 'main' ranking includes all travellers who have more than 12 NomadMania regions registered and can be found by going to the Master Ranking. Here, rankings appear sorted by their position in the NomadMania 1301 regions, but also for almost every other list we have - from UN countries to UN+, the TCC listing, Know Your Earth (KYE) and M@P as well. We also give special emphasis to the 'cumulative' TBT ranking. Some rankings appear in orange - that means that the traveller in question has completed 100% of that ranking. Some rankings appear in green - that implies a recent increase in items visited for a particular list.

All rankings can be sorted by nationality, age group and by list as well. When sorted for other criteria, the ranking position per age group/per nationality will appear as well as the overall ranking.

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The second major ranking involves the Series ranking. As the term implies, travellers are ranked here per Series - for every possible combination, from the 'cumulative' of all Series to each category on its own, from mega-categories (Wonders, Geography, Urban etc.) to the specific Series that make each mega-category (World Heritage Sites, Borders, Villages etc.). Herte an orange colour implies a recent increase in the items visited.

Milestones are given special emphasis as it is perhaps the shortest list with the most challenging requirements!

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Another place where one can find rankings is under our Statistics section. You could spend hours browsing various categories here. The rankings include not only some travellers' achievements, but also the visitation of regions or countries, as noted by our users. Perhaps especially interesting are the most visited Series statistics where you can see which Top 5 items per Series have been visited or you can compare major countries against each other to see where its travellers have most travelled to.

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Finally, perhaps not a ranking per se, our UN Masters is the one equalizer - all travellers who have achieved the feat are equal as they have all been to every UN country. Nevertheless, our UN Masters features various categories, obviously rewarding our own members who have been verified and sorting them by age, with the youngest first.

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Reviewing our 1301 Regions

As you probably know, NomadMania features 1301 world regions, decided on the criteria of country size, population, cultural importance and diversity, economic strength and international tourist arrivals.

To view regions, you can either go to the general search function or under 'my travels' search for my regions. You will then have the menu of the Megaregions to the left, and each megaregion has its regions on the right. Each one can be marked as visited through this section, which is the 'easy' (quick enter) way of marking regions.

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If you want to go into more detail here, you can mark the quality of your visit, change the number of visits and also the specific year of your first visit.

We do remind you that if you want to be even more specific and laborious, rather than looking at the world through my regions, you can instead look at it through 'my trips' which focuses more on YOU and the world, rather than the world and you!

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Once you search for a region, and click on it, you are taking to a regional page which features the map of the region with the corresponding Series items marked on the map. Any M@P (Many Quirky Places) within the region are also listed and can be ticked directly from the regional page.

To the left hand side, you can see all the Series items (including World Heritage Sites), as well as Stories (Bloggers Experiences), Links, a list of those who have visited the region and Photos uploaded by our Users.

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In terms of the Stories and Links project, we now have completed more than 900 regions of the world - so we are more than 2/3 of the way through. Stay tuned until we finalise this project entirely and have interesting stories from everywhere!

How to discover our NomadMania Series

The Series started out in 2016 initially just with a listing of World Capitals. Since then, they have grown into more than 50 Categories in 7 'mega-categories' which include Geography, Urban, Transport, Intellectual, Outdoors, Family and our Mini-Series. Everything from caves to lighthouses is listed in carefully curated lists, but the sheer volume of items means there is always room for improvement and updates. It is important to remember that the Series do NOT aim to be a complete listing of everything in the world. Rather, they attempt to maintain a good balance, presenting ideas of things to see in each of our 1301 regions, while considering whether these are truly worthwhile and will add to the travel experience.

Series are accessible from the My Travels menu, from where, once you click on the tab, you will be taken to the main menu where you can explore every category. Series items are listed within each category, alphabetically under the country they belong to.

World Heritage Sites are treated technically as if they were Series, so you will find them here under 'Wonders' but they are not Series, as they are not NomadMania's contribution. The WHS that are significant are therefore also listed in their respective Series category (for example the Acropolis is listed under Vestiges of the Past).

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Once you complete your Series by marking the places you have visited, you will also find their icons and your own 'score' under your profile. The more you complete, the more Series icons you will find!

And of course the main function of Series is within the individual regional pages, where you can browse through the whole list of items which are mapped within a region. Now that we have launched our app, this becomes even easier to use, with Series items listed on the map of the region you are in, so you can quickly investigate what there is to see and do near you!

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As with many NomadMania features, so with the Series we offer a ranking of travellers based on how their profiles are completed. For this, you need to go to 'Travellers' and find the 'Series ranking'. Once again, you can then browse every category, whether it is the overall (cumulative) Series ranking, or the mega-category ranking or finally the individual Series.

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Currently, there are more than 54,000 items of things to see and experience which make our Cumulative list of Series. We expect, after going through the whole world - an extremely laborious process - that we will probably end with around 65,000 items. We will then need to review every single one! Meanwhile, a number of Series are not included in our Cumulative including Vintage and our Virtual Series.

It is also worth noting that the 'ultimate' listing of administrative regions, whether this is SISO, developed by our member Jeff Shea, or our own spin-off CHAD, which has more than 4,000 geographical divisions of the world, are also treated as 'Series' and are listed under the 'Other' category. CHAD will count toward your final TBT (The Biggest Travellers) score so do take the time to fill these up too!

Yes, we know, NomadMania has loads of material - it's up to you to explore it!

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How to index your trips

My trips is the place where you can input all your past or future trips, thereby personalising NomadMania to YOU.

While most of the community opt for the quick option of noting their visited regions - My Regions - that method is entirely place-based. It does allow you to add the year you first visited a region, but that's about it. My Trips, however, works around you. Though it might take much longer to input your travels trip by trip, the output you get is worth the effort. Just pick a year, and like magic you will get a listing of all the regions you visited that year overall, as well as the new regions that you visited for the first time. Cool, no?

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When you go to 'My trips' you are asked to add a new trip by choosing the dates and the regions visited - you can pick regions either by clicking on the map or by typing their name, and can flip the order of regions up and down too. There is an optional description of the trip, all for your benefit. If your trip is in the future, the 'completed' tab will not be 'ticked' and you will need to return and tick it in order for the regions to be registered. But if you are inputting a past trip, all will be ticked from the start and your regions automatically registered as visited. Don't forget to press the save button once you are finished!

This is also where you can decide what the quality of your visit was. Good visit is our default but you can opt for minimal visit or transit, or, if you are an expert on a region, maybe you can note 'Travel Guru' there!

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Observing the listings of your trips per year, you can always edit the information - either changing the details of even deleting the trip - for example if you input a trip in the future which was cancelled. You can edit any regions out as well. Once again, don't forget to press save!

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Filling in all your trips like this, with accurate dates, not only give you a diary of sorts, but also reflects in your maps, which will then be correctly dated - you can pick any year and see which regions you had visited at the end of that year.

Note that the file of your trips can be exported to Excel (just pick the Export to Excel button) by year, which means you can create a printed record of all your trips as well.

How to explore the regional pages

As you (probably) know, NomadMania divides the world into 1301 regions, and each of the regions has its own regional page (which you can find by clicking on the map, or searching by name or clicking on the list of regions through Quick enter).

On opening a regional page, at the top you will have a zoomable map of the region, including all Series items which are mapped in the region - zoom in and you can see these much more clearly. You can also enter your visit to this region - if you haven't already - and edit it for year of first visit and visit quality.

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Looking below the map on the left, the first tab you will find are the actual Series items. If you are logged into your profile, you can click the ones you have visited very easily.

The second and third tabs are our newly launched Stories and Links, which have been now completed for more than 750 of our regions. Here you will find stories are written by bloggers who highlight their experience in the region you are searching for. Links give general information which can be helpful if you want to know more.

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Curious about visitors? In the regional page, you can browse who has visited the region - nicely sorted by nationality.

And finally of course, the photos. You can always look at the photos that all of you have uploaded and which have been sorted to the region you are looking at. The more photos you upload, the more will be available for everyone.

Oh, we almost forgot! A regional page will also show which M@P (Many Quirky Places) - if any - are part of this region. Last time we looked for the Southern Cook islands region there were four: Magaia, Manihiki, Palmerston and Pukapuka islands!

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NomadMania - Endless Exploring app

App functionalities

The app was conceived as a utility tool for NomadMania members to enable your easier input of your travel log data, especially while on a trip.

The App screen is split into three main parts (tabs) and can be easily browsed by tapping at the bottom of your screen.

Here is a brief explanation of all three of them - note that we will be using photos from both versions (iOS and Android) to illustrate the features.

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Travels
Profile
What is not in the app?
App issues

Endless Exploring app - Map

The app gives you full access to the global map, split into the 1301 NomadMania regions. Travellers can navigate the map freely by sliding/zooming/tapping, use the search tool, or the "locate me" button. With the ability to explore the regions and series items within the regions, you can mark regions and series as visited, directly on the map. Also, you can access full regional data by tapping the region and then the card that appears on the bottom of the screen, where you can edit visit info and see region details such as assigned series and photos. To add photos, tap on the Edit button, to edit your visit details on a region.

Visited regions are visible on the map, but only up to certain zoom levels. Once you zoom in past a certain point, the map will lose its characteristic orange colouring, so you can see the specific region map more clearly.

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Endless Exploring app - Travels

This screen enables you to view 4 main tabs:

  1. Regions - list of regions grouped by megaregions
  2. Places - Many Quirky Places (M@P List)
  3. Series - all Series categories, including World Heritage Sites, split into groups on top of the screen (you can slide left-right this menu)
  4. Trips - my trips feature, with the same functionalities as on the website.

All of these features should be pretty much straight forward to use with the functionalities very similar or entirely the same as on the website.

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As you can see in the visual below, all Series have been retained so that you can easily see where to go and what to see while you are on a trip. This includes World Heritage Sites, and also our popular M@P List, which features 771 quirky places! (well, as of Friday the 7th May!)

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And don't forget the Trips feature - rather than filling in through Regions, Trips allows you to input specific dates and all the regions visited on a single trip, making it much more personalised to YOU and YOUR travels compared to regions.

Obviously filling in new data on the app will result in an immediate change of your profile also visible on the website version.

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Endless Exploring app - Profile

You can see/ edit your own profile data as well as the lists of your scores and series. The "Series badges" part of the profile is horizontally scrollable.

Editing profile data

On iOS, you will see the "Settings" button on the top right corner of your "Profile" tab. Here you can edit your profile or access other hot links and logout.

On Android, this menu unfolds if you slide your finger from left to right in the Map view.

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What is not in the app?

The big difference with the desktop version is that the app does not contain other travellers' data. Every traveller is able to see only their own scores and only their own maps, travel info, etc. None of the "competitive" lists are available through the app and they are accessible only on the website (for now).

The app also doesn't contain any of the "Travellers" menu sections or "my earth (KYE)" and also none of the "media" or "useful info" sub-sections. All of these are accessible as always through our desktop version. Our logic is that you will use the app mainly while on the road, and what will probably interest you more is browsing your own profile and updating items to see and do rather than reading older newsletters, for example, which you may do when you have more time on your computer.

I'm experiencing some issues with the app.
What should I do and how can I report this?

Your role is essential in smoothing things out - inevitably not everything will work perfectly, but we hope it will be close to perfection. Still, when you discover errors we ask you to do the following:

  1. Make a screenshot and a simple note of the issue you are experiencing. Make sure to add as many details as you can - explain what were you trying to do and/or what were you expecting to see, versus a note about what was your actual experience.
  2. Note which device (producer and model) you are using and which OS it is running. (IoS or Android)
  3. Send all images and notes to the email address: contact@nomadmania.com