30 by Thirty

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I’ve been bitten by the travel bug recently, and it’s all I can think about. After a long chat with my sister and being inspired by the community 30xthirty, I’m going to attempt traveling to 30 countries by age 30. Although I haven’t been out of the country for two years, I’ve been fortunate enough to visit quite a few places in my late teens and early twenties. I’m taking off for Europe next week for my 29th birthday and once that trip is done, I’ll have a mere 10 countries to go. To catch you up, here’s the current tally:

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. Mexico
  4. Jamaica
  5. Grand Cayman
  6. Bahamas
  7. United Kingdom
  8. Germany*
  9. France
  10. Monaco
  11. Spain
  12. Italy
  13. Slovenia*
  14. Croatia
  15. Bosnia*
  16. Belgium*
  17. Finland
  18. Sweden
  19. Denmark*
  20. Netherlands

Countries marked with an asterisk (*) are stretches, meaning I’ve either had a layover there or have just set foot on the soil long enough to get a passport stamp. Kind of counts, kind of doesn’t! Countries italicized are ones I’m visiting or passing through this month.

This is all kind of crazy, and to some it may seem like a humblebrag. As someone who loves international travel but hasn’t done it for some time, I’m excited at the possibility of making this happen. I thought about the concept about a year ago after learning about 30xthirty but dismissed the chance it would ever happen for me. I guess I realized lately that there’s no better time than now. Yolo, right?

Will I be able to get to 30 by my 30th year? I’m so up for the challenge if my wallet allows. Here are a few potential two week itineraries I have in mind for the next year, with just a few nights planned in each city I decide to visit. Part of me wants to focus on areas close to borders or several countries, but I’m not opposed to visiting countries where I need to fly between destinations. I truly want to visit all these places some day, but will be shopping around airline prices and reward miles to figure out what makes the most sense for the upcoming 12 months.

  • Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Hungary
  • Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman
  • Japan, South Korea, China
  • Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand
  • Aruba, Venezuela, Colombia
  • Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina

Have you attempted any crazy bucket lists before your next milestone birthday? Do you have any frequent flyer hacks? Where would you go if money, family, and work weren’t a restriction? Let me know in a comment below!

21 Responses

  1. Lauren July 7, 2016 / 7:13 am

    Oh my goodness what an incredible goal. My best and easiest traveling experiences, were when I studied abroad in Europe. Now I wish my wallet would keep up! Good luck on your adventures!
    xx, Lauren {www.rosesandrainboots.com}

  2. Victoria Haight July 7, 2016 / 7:23 am

    How cool! I love traveling, but I can’t imagine hitting 30 countries in a year! haha! Good for you !

  3. Colleen Welsch July 7, 2016 / 7:27 am

    Wow, that’s really impressive! I’ve only been to Canada and the US (where I live) at this point. I’m only like 4 hours from Mexico and I haven’t been there either!


  4. Chelsea July 7, 2016 / 11:15 am

    That’ll be an amazing feat- 30 countries before your 30th birthday! I’ve been to… 12 or so? plus a few where I just went through the airports.

  5. Rachel @ STCL July 7, 2016 / 11:51 am

    How awesome! I want to go for that goal too. I think it’s totally attainable! My vote is for the Switzerland trip – I haven’t been there or Liechtenstein but I can tell you Hungary and Austria are AMAZING. Salzburg and Budapest are two of my favorite places!

  6. Cait Weingartner July 7, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Wow. This is awesome! What a fun goal to set for 30! You’ll definitely have to post pictures from your travels.

    – Cait | http://www.prettyandfun.com

  7. Jenny July 7, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    So jelly of your upcoming travels! We’re doing Europe in 2018 🙂 I’m so stoked.

    xoxo, Jenny

  8. Danielle Greco July 8, 2016 / 8:10 am

    How fun, what a cute idea!! I just might have to set that as a goal 🙂 Although that’d be an insane amount of travel in the next few years for me if I do set that goal. Which I’m ok with 😉 . Great list!!

  9. Lulle.Beaumiroir July 9, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    I’ve traveled quite a bit but I don’t really like the idea of a challenge like that to be honest: for me it’s not the numbers that count but the experiences. I couldn’t even tell you how many countries I’ve visited, I used to have the Tripadvisor app in Facebook but I don’t know where it’s gone!


  10. Christine Martinez July 11, 2016 / 8:31 am

    Wow you’ve traveled a lot! That’s awesome! I was in the Navy and had my share of traveling but it stopped when I got out. I really need to start traveling again. I just turned 30 and I’m hoping for 10 years of more traveling 🙂

  11. Aarika Chilson July 11, 2016 / 1:21 pm

    This is such an awesome post! I want to pack my bag too and head to the airport. =) I love your desire to tackle 30 place before 30. You can do it! Have you been to Southeast Asia? That is one place that I think you would love! Happy travels.

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