30 Countries Before I Turn 30

30 before 30

I’ve mentioned recently that I have well and truly been bitten by the travel bug and with that, comes a whole load of planning.

Being the ambitious person I am I have decided to set myself a little travel goal.

I want to visit 30 countries before I turn 30 on the 23rd December 2022.

I’ve already visited 11 countries, so that gives me 5 and a half years to visit a further 19. Considering EVERYWHERE I have planned for this year (and incl USA next year) I have already been to at least once – I think I have a little bit of a challenge on my hands.

If I can do a couple of city breaks and bank holiday getaways over the next five years I SHOULD hit it, but I have also gambled that I may be able to hit a couple of bigger, expensive places in that time too.

Wish me luck 😉

Countries I have already visited

🇬🇧 United Kingdom

Does the UK count? I’ve started travelling to more and more places within my home country, so I’d like to think so…. Screw it, I’m including it! 1/30 😉

🇳🇱 Holland

I visited Holland on a school trip to Kerkrade when I was around 15/16. More recently, I visited Amsterdam too, which is a little (read: a lot) cooler than a residential with the school band. *ahem* 2/30.

🇩🇪 Germany

While visiting Holland we actually stayed in Germany, so I’m going to count this one. I didn’t see much other than the street our hotel was on, the all you can eat Chinese buffet that was SO GOOD and a McDonalds – but I was there. IT COUNTS 3/30.

🇫🇷 France

Considering we’re so close I can’t believe it took me 24 years to go to France. I enjoyed it so much I’m going back again this year to visit Strasbourg, Paris and DISNEYLAND. 4/30 – I’d count Disney as it’s own country because it is practically a whole other planet, but I don’t think I can get away with that one.

🇮🇹 Italy

A couple of years ago me and my boyfriend spent a long weekend in Venice. We went on a weekend where it heavily rained solidly, so it’s definitely somewhere we want to revisit when it’s a little warmer. I’d also love to do more of Italy, particularly the wine region, but for now, Italy is 5/30.

🇺🇸 USA

This one is a little more exciting because when I was 19 I lived in the States for four months. I was out there working full time for the most of it, but I did get to spend every single day in the Californian sun and it was amazing. As I was working I couldn’t travel much but I’ve got that covered with a huge Trek America trip next year – 6/30 😉

🇲🇽 Mexico

Whilst staying in America, my Mexican roommate and her family thought it would be a great idea to take me to Mexico to visit some of their relatives. It was SO MUCH FUN. I was legally able to drink there so we went out to a Mexican club and danced to Spanish music all night, I loved it. 7/30!

🇪🇸 Spain

I don’t really remember a lot of my trips to Spain but I know I’ve been a few times with my family when I was younger. I’m heading to Salou and Barcelona at the end of September 2017, so I’m pretty excited about that. 8/30.

🇵🇹 Portugal

Again, this is somewhere I went when I was younger but I remember a little more of this as I was around 13/14. I actually really liked it and would love to go back to do a little more exploring, and less lying by the pool. Maybe. 9/30.

🇵🇱 Poland

Believe it or not, a few months ago Poland probably wouldn’t have even been on my ’30 before 30’ but after booking a spontaneous trip there I have fallen in love, I’m even going back for round two in June ’17. 10/30.

🏴 󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿Wales

I wasn’t going to count this as I live like an hour away, but technically Wales counts as its own country so it’s going on the list! My family used to have a caravan in North Wales so we’d visit pretty much every weekend in the summer. I haven’t been back since then, but I’d love to go and see everything for nostalgia purposes. 11/30.

Countries I want to visit before I turn 30

This list is 100% subject to change depending on money, opportunities and well, me! Every day I find a new country I want to visit and it’s hard picking which one’s I want to go to first.

SO, here’s a rough idea of where I’d LOVE to visit before I hit the big 3-0.

🇭🇷 Croatia

🇬🇷 Greece

🇸🇪 Sweden

🇪🇪 Estonia

🇨🇭 Switzerland

🇨🇦 Canada

🇳🇴 Norway

🇯🇵 Japan

🇨🇾 Cyprus

🇨🇿 Czech Republic

🇧🇪 Belgium

🇱🇻 Latvia

🇮🇪 Ireland

🇲🇦 Morocco

🇦🇹 Austria

🇦🇩 Andorra

🇳🇿 New Zealand

🇸🇰 Slovakia

🇮🇸 Iceland

Where would you like to visit?

Kirsty Leanne


If you loved this post don't forget to share:

1 Comment

  1. May 15, 2017 / 8:03 am

    This sounds like the best challenge in the world! I’ve most definitely been bit by the travel bug too, so I share your wanderlust! I would love to visit Holland and Germany, so close to us and so beautiful! And working/living in the States must have been absolutely gorgeous – and California too! To work/live there or NY for a bit is definitely on my bucket list!

    You’ve picked some absolute gems to go to – I would love to visit Croatia and I’m hopefully backpacking round Australia this year so planning on getting a trip to New Zealand in there too! I can definitely say Canada is stunning – I went to Vancouver just before Christmas and OMG it’s gorgeous with all the snow in Winter!